Kamloops Society of Alcohol & Drug services
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.
Dr. Stan Fike, Vice President
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.
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.
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.
Ben Van Der Gracht
Ben is a lawyer, and has practiced for 12 years, primarily in the areas of real estate, estate planning and administration, and corporate / commercial. He is a partner at the Kamloops law firm Morelli Chertkow, which has operated here for more than 100 years and is a significant employer in the community.
Prior to completing law school, Ben lived for several years in South Korea, and before that completed a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.
Ben spends his free time, first and foremost, with his wife, daughter and dog; and spends as much time as possible outdoors, camping, hiking and snow shoeing.
Bryan Pilbeam, Treasurer
Bryan Pilbeam is the Vice-President of Invictus Properties Inc. and General Manager of the newly renovated Delta Hotel by Marriott Kamloops. Invictus owns and manages Hotel and Commercial Real Estate as well as THE HIVE- a 4 phase mixed use business and community development in the heart of downtown Kamloops.
Agraduate of University of Manitoba, Bryan also completed an MBA program from McGill University in September 2019. Bryan has received various other industry certification training including; The American Hotel and Motel Association Certified Rooms Division Executive and Delta’s Fast Tracker program through Ryerson University in 2001.
Bryan is the proud father of 3- Madison, Sophie and Jack. Bryan and his wife Danielle have been married for 20 years. He enjoys personal fitness and development, coaching his children’s sports teams and spending time with family. Vacation time will typically be spent traveling with the family and reading.
Bryan has led numerous industry boards and committees, and is currently The Chair of the BC Hotel Association and also The Whistler Friends Society. Bryan is Past Chair of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, and has sat on the Tourism Whistler, Hotel Association of Whistler Boards, and was President of The Kamloops Accommodation Association Board of Directors.
DeDe De Rose
DeDe was BC's first Superintendent of Aboriginal Achievement and is a prominent advocate for Indigenous student success. Born in Williams lake to a Secwepemc family DeDe is a member of the Esketemec First Nation. DeRose graduated from UBC's Indigenous Teacher's Education Program (NITEP) with a Bachelor Degree, Diploma in Education and Ts"kel Master's Degree. DeDe taught in Williams Lake for 9 years before moving to Kamloops to finish her career as an elementary school principal and raise her sons.
DeDe was given the traditional Secwepemc name "Tse7ekw te Spi7uw" (Sunrise Golden Eagle) and is a proud Kye7e to seven wonderful grandchildren. Since retiring in 2015 her interests include hiking, downhill skiing with her family, yoga, playing golf with her husband, Allan, and horseback riding on Heart.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org