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Kamloops Society of Alcohol & Drug services

Board Members

Board of Directors 2019/2020

 
 
 

Marilyn McLean, President

Marilyn McLean is a retired educator having spent 35 years in varying educational roles in the Kamloops/Thompson School District. Those roles included teacher, vice principal, elementary principal, secondary principal in charge of all alternate programming and assistant superintendent of student support services. Marilyn has been involved in the community as a volunteer for Special Olympics British Columbia, Kamloops Resorative Justice as well as Oncore Senior Services. In addition to holding a Master's degree in administration, Marilyn also has a certificate from the BC Justice Institute in Family Mediation.

 

Rob Brooks, Vice President

Rob has over 30 years of experience working in government in both adult and youth Forensic Psychiatric systems with the last 25 years in Kamloops. He has worked as a psychiatric social worker helping youth and adults with mental health and concurrent disorders issues in the criminal justice system.

The mental health system has always interested Robert, leading him to a degree in psychology and a Masters in Social Work; and he has devoted his career to pursuing these interests. As an educator and manager, he has used his knowledge of and connections within the health care and criminal justice systems to help families affected by severe and persistent mental illness navigate these systems and clients reach their highest potential.



Kendra Hapke, Treasurer

Kendra Hapke, CPA, CA lives in Kamloops where she currently works for BCLC. In addition, to being passionate about numbers, Kendra is a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community and is an advocate for Mental Health. With a background in Audit and Financial Planning & Analysis, Kendra has many years of experience in performing financial modeling, reporting, and advisory for strategic projects.

 


Danalee Baker, Secretary

Born and raised in Kamloops, Danalee chose to settle here again after travelling, studying and working across the globe for close to 20 years. She is married and has two children ten and twelve years old and three SPCA - rescued cats who are siblings. Her experiences range from running a private school in downtown Vancouver, providing technical support for BCLC employees and customers, serving on the board of Inland Refugee Society in Vancouver and working in the social sector for nearly twelve years.

She earned a graduate diploma from Capilano University in International Business Leadership in 2007, graduating top of her class. This complements her UBC Bachelor’s Degree in Human Geography and allows a broad set of skills and experience to be applied in the social service field and corporate social responsibility design. In addition, Danalee has continued to learn and has earned certifications in Program Evaluation, Social Return on Investment and Integrating Reconciliation into our daily organizational policies and practices.

After starting a family, Danalee brought her skills back to Kamloops and worked at United Way for seven years as Director of Community Impact and most recently as Executive Director for the past five years. Danalee is excited to continue her involvement in and contribution to the social sector through serving on boards.Born and raised in Kamloops, Danalee chose to settle here again after travelling, studying and working across the globe for close to 20 years. She is married and has two children ten and twelve years old and three SPCA - rescued cats who are siblings. Her experiences range from running a private school in downtown Vancouver, providing technical support for BCLC employees and customers, serving on the board of Inland Refugee Society in Vancouver and working in the social sector for nearly twelve years.


She earned a graduate diploma from Capilano University in International Business Leadership in 2007, graduating top of her class. This complements her UBC Bachelor’s Degree in Human Geography and allows a broad set of skills and experience to be applied in the social service field and corporate social responsibility design. In addition, Danalee has continued to learn and has earned certifications in Program Evaluation, Social Return on Investment and Integrating Reconciliation into our daily organizational policies and practices.


After starting a family, Danalee brought her skills back to Kamloops and worked at United Way for seven years as Director of Community Impact and most recently as Executive Director for the past five years. Danalee is excited to continue her involvement in and contribution to the social sector through serving on boards.

 

James Fedorak, Board Advisor

James Fedorak, CM, B. Ed., M. Ed., FCMA . James has many years of business experience, instructing accounting in a Technical School, Dean of Continuing Education and Community Services at Cariboo College, and Financial Services Officer at Ministry of Forests.  He has served on various Community and Service Boards. 

 

Joanne Mary Brown, BA

 Joanne Brown is a member of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, L’silu clan, born and raised in her home territory south of Burns Lake, British Columbia.  She moved to Secwépecmc’ulucw from Prince George in 1996.  Joanne’s previous work with Employment and Immigration Canada, as well as her studies in geography and anthropology (TRU) made a natural fit with an occupation in Indigenous post‑secondary education.  She is grateful for her community, especially working with neighbours and friends.  In her free time Joanne kayaks, gardens, cooks, and loves spending time with her precious friends and family.


Dr. Stan Fike

Dr. Fike has led a Private Family Practice in Kamloops for 36 years. He provided support to Phoenix Centre as a Sessional Physician for 32 years and was the Medical Director at the Centre for 20 years. He has been a weekly visiting physician at the local AIDS clinic, local clinic for street-involved persons, and for the local Street Clinic. He is also a medical student preceptor with the University of British Columbia and a consultant in chronic pain and addiction in Kamloops. In a former life, Stan was a bank accountant for 7 years, a bank auditor for 1 year and a treasurer for a medical clinic for 18 years. In addition to Phoenix Centre, Stan sits as a Board member of the ASK Wellness Society. He is currently a Sessional Physician at the Mental Health Clinic. Although Stan is retired he continues to work in many capacities throughout the community and abroad as a 33 year veteran of Rotary International. 


Gwen Campbell McArthur

Tansi,

My name is Gwendyline Campbell McArthur of Ojibwe/Saulteaux Metis. My mother Stella Campbell was of Ukrainian Ancestry. I was born in the Adhesion to Treaty 5 territory at Kississing Manitoba. I was raised on the land, fishing, hunting, trapping, and gathering along with teachings of my paternal Grandmother, my Father Robert “Bob” Campbell – Master Hunter and Fisherman, and my Auntie Mae Louise Campbell – Indspire Laurate for her work with vulnerable Indigenous women and families across Canada. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, my work has spanned 5 decades, my practice has been guided by Indigenous Elders, and other spiritual leaders. I feel like I have been an Elder in training all my life since listening to my Granny’s stories at the age of 3 years. The abject poverty of lean years hunting and trapping left me with an inner strength that survival was more than just eating three meals a day. It was the perseverance of living life true to land and to your family. This left me with a fierce ambition to use these tools in every way. 

My passion in life has been raising my 2 adult sons. One now an BSN grad. And the other a student in trades. I do this work for them and our future families.

Along with my Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing (1978) my RN, my BScN - Aboriginal MH Speciality degree (2007, Thompson Rivers University), I also studied at an Indigenous School of Nursing and Midwifery for my Master in Nursing (2010) online through Charles Sturt University in New South Wales Australia. Most of my work has been in community mental health practice in rural Indigenous settings. As well as clinical work and private practice, I am a nurse educator, researcher, and scholar having several published 2 chapters in nursing textbooks, stories on indigenous health and dementia, a First Nations children’s book, as well as contributing writer for key Aboriginal initiatives in cultural safety and Indigenous Cultural Competency and Standards of Practice for the Canadian Federation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Since retiring in 2015 from full time work, volunteer work is keeping me busy. It is a privilege to be involved the Provincial Council, Boards of Directors for the Academic Science and Health Network (AHSN) and most recent appointment to Phoenix Centre a drug and alcohol treatment centre in Kamloops. 

All My Relation 

Gwen

 

Board Member’s Job Description

 Kamloops Society for Alcohol & Drug Services (dba The Phoenix Centre) board members guide the society through   principle-centered governance. The board continuously strives to improve organization resilience and response to community changing needs. Board member accountabilities include:

  • Participating as a voting member at board meetings (10/year).
  • Keeping informed on board related matters as well as preparing for meetings by reviewing minutes and reports prior to board meetings.
  • Committing to participating actively in committees of interest, and making the best use of one’s unique talents and skills.
  • Building working relationships with other board members that contribute to consensus.
  • Actively participating in board strategic planning.


If you have an interest in shaping the future of our regional addictions support resource, please contact Phoenix Centre Board President, Marilyn McLean for more information at marilyn.mclean2@gmail.com