Peachland Support Society Board of Directors
The Peachland Senior’s Support Society, a non-profit organization, was formed in 2006 to develop affordable housing to meet the needs of low-income seniors in the community. The Senior's Support Society is composed of a group of dedicated Board of Directors.
President Sharon Hallberg
Sharon moved to Peachland in 1993, served two terms on Municipal Council from 2002-2005 and 2005-2008, and has been President of the Senior's Support Society since its incorporation.
Sharon has been with the committee since it was first established as the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing, which has evolved into the current Senior's Support Society. She liaised with the Peachland Wellness Centre to apprise them of the intention of the District to create a place for the housing project and to include the Wellness Centre as an integral part of the project.
William “Bill” Dupuis
Bill was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in New Westminster, BC. Bill was in the R.C.A.F. from 1954 until 1960 where he flew CF100’s as a pilot.
Bill was in the general insurance business since 1960 and in the real estate business since 1964, Bill sold the 3 insurance offices in 1973 and remained in the real estate business until his retirement in 2015.
Bill has been a volunteer fireman, ambulance attendant, founding President of Nakusp Centennial Golf Course, Hospital Board of Directors, Water Board Director, President and Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Building Chairman for the Handicapped Society, Board of Director – Building Chairman – Chair of the Academic and Applied Studies for the Okanagan College Board.
Bill and his wife, Joan moved to Peachland 30 years ago and Bill became involved as a member and president with Peachland Business Association, now the Chamber of Commerce, the Founding president of the Pentowna Marina, the board at the Wellness Centre and the Board of Directors for Seniors Housing.
Cindy Fortin is serving her first term as Mayor of Peachland, following three years as a Peachland Councillor. She is also Vice-President of the Peachland Senior Support Society, a director with the Regional District and Okanagan Basin Water Board, and sits on numerous committees.
Prior to pursuing a political life, she worked as a freelance journalist, and before that, as a practical nurse, mostly in seniors care.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with seniors and assisting them with their daily care and activities. I have been a strong advocate of seniors housing in order to allow seniors to remain in the community they call home, whether a change in housing needs is due to age, the loss of a spouse, financial, or they are at a point in life when a larger home and property has become too much to maintain.”
Cindy was born in Burnaby, B.C., and moved to Peachland more than 30 years ago, where she married and raised her three children.
I have lived in Peachland 24+ years with my family.
I believe every senior and community member should be able to continue to live in the community they have chosen to live in, when requiring supportive housing or increased health care support. Seniors should not have to move out of Peachland to another community in their later years of life – leaving behind their loved ones, family, friends and support systems, in order to have their health needs met.
I am a registered Nurse who retired in March of 2014 but continue to hold a practicing membership with CRNBC. I have worked in varied aspects of nursing – 20 years in acute care in a hospital setting in the lower mainland of BC. Upon moving to Peachland in 1992 I was a Director of Home Support for Peachland and Summerland, becoming a Director of Care in a 60 bed Residential care facility in Summerland (Parkdale Place).
Most recently, I worked for the Good Samaritan Society from 1993-2014. I was hired as the Client Service Manager, responsible to open and manage a 100 bed Residential Care facility in Penticton in 2003, which also had a 37 bed Assisted Living, Specialized Dementia Care cottages and a 6 day per week Adult Daycare program.
I then served as the Director of Operations for the Good Samaritan Society for 8 years. I was responsible for 5 care facilities in the Interior of BC, from Penticton to Salmon Arm. Their programs ranged from Residential Care, Assisted Living, Life Lease, Day Program and a Young Adults program.
Born and raised in central Alberta , Eldon graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry . He worked in Forest Products Management for 35 years throughout Canada and the Northwest Territories, working with all nature of forest products.
Eldon retired in 2001 and moved with his wife Donna to Peachland . He joined the Peachland Lions shortly thereafter and volunteered in other ways. In 2009, Donna and Eldon were awarded citizen of the year. Recently he served one term as Councillor and currently serves on the Senior's Support Society, as well as, the Tourism Promotion committee.
Tony Laing is the Executive Director for Penticton and District Society for Community Living. Tony has held a number of positions in his 24 years with the organization and has been Executive Director for the past 10 years.
In addition to his work with PDSCL Tony has volunteered his time with other non-profit Housing organizations in Penticton and he is a member of the Community Living Advisory Panel for the Community Social Services Employers Association of BC.
PDSCL has more than 200 rental units in its portfolio providing social housing for people with intellectual disabilities and other disabilities, families, seniors and assisted living services. In recent years PDSCL has overseen three multi-million dollar projects with BC Housing and Interior Health and this year will oversee a new group home for people with Intellectual disabilities and a 10-unit apartment building being built on land owned by PDSCL in Penticton with support from BC Housing. Tony has been with Peachland Seniors Support Society since 2015.
Keith Thom spent 10 years as a Senior manager in Long Term care facilities in Ontario. He currently works part time at the Peachland Wellness Centre.
His musical career takes him to many nursing and retirement homes.
Keith is in his 1st term a a Peachland Councillor and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Peachland Senior's Support Society
Pam Cunningham joined the Board of Directors of the Peachland Seniors’ Support Society when she was first elected to District Council, in December 2013. Pam is a nurse who works in the seniors’ care sector. She has a good understanding of seniors’ care issues, their needs, and brings valuable knowledge and expertise to the board table.
In her free time Pam is very involved in her community, and has been Chairperson for the World of Wheels event for the past six years
Julie Cole and her husband retired in 2006 to Peachland, after 15 years in Fort McMurray.
Julie Cole spent the last 10 years before her retirement setting up, managing and working as a residential Services Program Manager for a government funded organization that provided services to individuals with Developmental Disabilities in 5 residences that each required 24 hour care. Before that, she attended college in Fort McMurray; graduating and practicing as a Registered Nurse (R.N.). As an RN, Julie spent some time working in Home Care and enjoyed visiting the outlying communities in this capacity.
Since arriving in Peachland, Julie has enjoyed a variety of hobbies and activities and is looking forward to seeing the services to Seniors expand, so there will be no need to leave the community when extra services are required. Julie is excited to join the Board of Directors for the Peachland Senior’s Support Society, and help, in whatever way she can, bring that level of services to fruition