Board

All UNITI partners, Semiahmoo House Society, Peninsula Estates Housing Society and The Semiahmoo Foundation, share the same Board of Directors, with a different member acting as Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer for each society.

Bea Hadikin

Chair Semiahmoo House Society

Bea Hadikin has lived in White Rock/Surrey most of her life. She is a retired Principal from the Surrey School District, most recently working at Semiahmoo Secondary. In her 32 years with the district, she also worked as a teacher and vice-principal. In all of her roles, she treasured her contact with youth, the excitement of problem-solving, and the opportunity to build positive futures. She now has the wonderful gift of time and wants to give back to her community. She feels that the work Semiahmoo House Society does fits with her beliefs and practice.

Catherine V. Ferguson
Catherine has worked as the Executive Director of the White Rock/ South Surrey Hospice Society, the Mayor of the City of White Rock and as a City Councillor for the City of White Rock. She has sat on numerous committees such as the Metro Environment & Energy Committee, Metro Regional Planning Committee, and Metro Regional Culture Committee. She has attended the University College of the Fraser Valley, Capilano College and BCIT. She holds certification in business administration.

Colleen McGeoff Dean

Chair The Semiahmoo Foundation, Treasurer Semiahmoo House Society

Colleen has a daughter with a developmental disability and is a strong advocate for a family voice in Community Living. She and her husband started the Family Alliance Network consisting of family members that have children or siblings with developmental disabilities. The group met regularly to discuss issues and to learn from and support each other. Colleen has taught and facilitated workshops on oral communication and presentation skills in Canada and the United States for nearly 30 years. She has worked with college and university students, faculty, professionals, community groups, and even taught public speaking at a maximum-security prison. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Washington in speech communication and education. Colleen was elected to the Board at the 2013 Semiahmoo House Society annual general meeting.

David Ure

Treasurer Peninsula Estates Housing Society

Dave joined the board in the fall of 2014 after gaining some exposure to the good work that Semiahmoo House Society was doing from his children; one of whom had attended a program and another whom had done some volunteer work for the agency. He is the Senior Vice President, Finance of Mercer International Inc.; a Nasdaq traded global producer of softwood pulp, green electricity and chemicals. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance from the Sauder School of Business (UBC) and has completed advanced management studies at London Business School. He currently serves or has served on corporate boards in the biotechnology, energy and pension management spaces along with non-profit boards of entities providing neurological research, child development and counselling services. Dave has lived in Surrey for over 10 years with his wife Denise and two teenage children; one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ian Jarvis

Chair Peninsula Estates Housing Society

For over 25 years Ian provided leadership in organizations that make Metro Vancouver a better place to live. He held various senior positions including Chief Financial Officer at Metro Vancouver and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at TransLink. He was President and CEO of TransLink from to 2009 to 2015 and retired from that organization in December 2015.   He currently is employed with the BC Utilities Commission.

Ian became aware of Semiahmoo House Society by witnessing the positive impact it makes on the day-to-day life of his friends. He hopes that by serving on the Board he can leverage what he learned and practiced in his public sector career to support the continuing success of the Society.

Ian and family have lived in South Surrey/White Rock since 1987 and he is a graduate of UBC and holds CPA, CA and ICD.D designations.

Linda Annis
Linda Annis is the owner of Sirius Marketing Communications located in Vancouver.  She currently sits on the Board of Director at Osteoporosis Canada; as well as being the Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers.   She has previously been involved with the BC Liberal Women’s Network, BC Crime Stoppers and the Provincial Capital Commission.  Linda attended Suffolk University where she studied Marketing and Sociology.  She was just elected as a councillor for the City of Surrey.

Marie Sabine

Vice-Chair The Semiahmoo Foundation

My interest in Semiahmoo House Society began when my daughter enrolled in programs at Semiahmoo House. I am passionate about the rights of people with developmental disabilities and have done advocacy work in the area of independent living and the need for rent supplements to provide opportunities for individuals to grow and thrive in their own homes. I serve as chair of the Community Living BC (CLBC) Surrey/Delta/White Rock Community Council. I also sit on the Peninsula Homeless to Housing Task Force.

Prior to retirement, I served as Manager of Administrative Support Services with the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service for sixteen years. When I retired, I decided to continue to work in the area of administrative support services, working on a contract basis for not-for-profit organizations.

In the 1990s, I attended Capilano College, receiving a Certificate in Local Government Administration. During my time with the Fire Department, I also completed the Auxiliary Firefighter Training Program. More recently, I completed training in advanced policy governance and person-centred thinking.

My husband and I live in White Rock and enjoy being near the ocean and the many parks and hiking trails in the area as well as being close to my daughter who is living independently with support.

 

Madison VanOene
Madison is an active member of the Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo. She feels most empowered when she serves the community and promotes inclusion. Some of her work includes participating in bringing beach accessible wheelchairs to White Rock Beach, enabling all people with mobility issues to go in the water and enjoy a summer day with family and friends. Madison has lived independently for over eight years. It’s been a learning curve, but for her, living independently and making her own decision are key.

Nicole Russell

Vice-Chair Semiahmoo House Society, Vice-Chair Peninsula Estates Housing Society

Nicole Russell feels privileged to be a part of such a wonderful organization.  She has witnessed first-hand the amazing impact that Semiahmoo House Society plays in individuals’ lives and the community as a whole.  Nicole’s sister, Jennifer, has been a participant in various Semiahmoo House programs for over 20 years.  Nicole attributes her sister’s growing confidence, life skills and community involvement to the tireless advocacy and support of Semiahmoo House.

Nicole Russell is a partner at the firm of Graves & Russell, Barristers and Solicitors.  Nicole’s growing legal practice is based in South Surrey, focusing on Wills & Estates. Nicole has also been a facilitator at Anti-Harassment and Discrimination workshops for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Nicole and her family have lived in the South Surrey area for the past 25 years.

Rich Gorman
Rich Gorman is a retired corporate executive who utilizes his skills to volunteer and make a difference. He worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company for 38 years in increasingly senior positions, until his retirement in 2011 as a Senior VP. Since, Rich has taken his wealth of experience and expertise to benefit non-profit organizations and get involved in his community. He has held many volunteering roles including, Chair of Semiahmoo House Society (UNITI), Regional Director of BC Liberal Party, Member on the City of Surrey Parks, Recreation and Tourism Committee, and Host with the Langley Giants. As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of two consulting companies: Gorman Retail Solutions Ltd. and Experience Talks Group Ltd. Rich holds a Diploma in Executive Retail Development from UBC and a Diploma in Management and Administration from the Canadian Institute of Management at BCIT. Rich is a visionary who understands that sound values underpin organizational culture and stakeholder engagement. He appreciates the importance of collaborative leadership, demonstrated by his large network of people in various societal sectors, including legislators, policy makers, and social advocates. Rich and his wife, Judy, have lived in Surrey for forty years. In addition to raising their five daughters, one of whom having a learning disability, they have been foster parents to many others. While he has business acumen, Rich’s true passion is to serve vulnerable people. This fuels his commitment to developing strong and inclusive communities where all people can experience full and vibrant lives.

Teresita Aristizabal

Treasurer The Semiahmoo Foundation

Teresita Aristizabal has been involved with UNITI since 2005 as a volunteer, employee and board member. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Teresita is currently a Consultant in Deloitte’s Enterprise, Technology and Performance Management Practice and is pursuing a Masters in Public Health.

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