Board of Directors

White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society

Board of Directors

To reach anyone on the Board, please call 604-531-7484 or email WRSSHS.

Robin HarperPresident
Robin comes to the Board with 30 years of experience in industry, with a background in Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Sales and Human Resources.  He acquired a Masters in Economics and Law at Cambridge University in England, from which country he emigrated to Canada in 1993.  He was introduced to White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society via his wife Mei Leng, who is a Thrift Store volunteer.  Robin was elected to the Hospice Board in November 2008 and has been involved with by-law revisions, the production of a strategic plan, the Thrift Store, and fundraising.
Jim Hartt - Vice President
Jim is a business professional with 30 years experience in various disciplines.  He is General Manager of Westmill Industries, a BC based supplier of capital equipment to the forest products industry and the former CEO of Mustang Survival, a leader in marine and aviation life-saving equipment. Jim is an accredited Project Management Professional, completed the Sales and Marketing Management Program at the University of British Columbia and received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Western Ontario. Jim completed his Hospice Volunteer Training at our Supportive Care Centre and was elected to the Hospice Society Board in 2013.

Gary DeckTreasurer
Gary attended the University of British Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in both accounting and management information systems.  He is Director of Assurance Services for Leed Advisors Inc. Chartered Accountants.  He has a vast and expansive background in the public company sector having worked as both an external Auditor and as a Controller in industry.  With over 30 years of experience, Gary has the ability to advise with authority on a number of topics including, strategic financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, tax preparation and advisory services for both corporations and individuals. Gary was appointed to the Hospice Society Board in 2013.   

Marjorie Mooney - Secretary
Marjorie recieved her law degree from the University of Manitoba and has been in private practice in White Rock since 1983, focusing on real estate, corporate matters and wills and estate law.  Marjorie has supported and served on the Board of many local non-profit groups in that time, including cultural, recreational and social services organizations.  she looks forward to involvement with White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society and to playing a part in its valuable contribution to the community.  Marjorie was elected to the Hospice Society Board in 2016.

David Chesney - Director
David has called White Rock home for over 30 years. His past work experience was heavily involved with the music and media industry in Canada.  For over 10 years David was the Top Marketing representative for one of the world's largest record companies, CBC records.  Prior to his music industry tenure, David worked for a number of years in the radio/broadcast industry.  Having such an extensive overview of the music and media industry, it was only natural that he would start his own independent online newspaper, The White Rock Sun (Canada's first internet newspaper).  In 2014 David was elected to be a White Rock City Councillor.  In his spare time, David can be found playing tennis, riding his bicycle/motorcycle or walking along the shores of Semiahmoo Bay.  He presently lives in the uptown area of White Rock with the love of his life, Kerlande.  Dave was elected to the Hospice Society Board in 2014.

Joyce Mackenzie - Director
Joyce began her career as a registered nurse and acquired a BA in Recreation Administration and a MA in Education Administration.  She is a consultant in the field of senior and assisted living, with considerable experience in public health administration.  Joyce has an abiding desire to contribute to improved services for the bereaved.  Joyce was elected to the Hospice Society Board in 2011.

Aroon Shah - Director
Aroon is an executive with consulting, coaching, and counselling experience in mental health and transportation sectors.  He is currently CEO of Aroon Shah & Associates Inc. which provides employee assistance services to a number of national aviation and related organizations.  He previously worked as Director-Employee Assistance Program at Canadian Airlines/Air Canada where he supervised counsellors and provided consulting services to senior management.  Aroon has also worked in the mental health sector as a Clinical Counsellor and holds a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. He is also a member of Institute of Corporate Directors. Aroon was elected to the Hospice Society Board in 2014.

  Jayne Pattison - Director 
Jayne was born in Newcastle, England and emigrated to Canada with her family in 1979.  She lived in many places before landing in White Rock in 1987.  She dabbled with many different careers and college courses before funeral service called her in 2008.  Jayne completed her studies in 2011, graduating top of the class in BC.  In 2014, Jayne became the General Manager at Victory Memorial Park and enjoys working with such a talented, compassionate and caring group of people.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Jayne is committed to supporting the Hospice Society after experiencing them first hand due to a death in the family.  Jayne was elected to the Hospice Society Board in 2016.
Dennis Lypka - Director
Dennis is married and has lived in the White Rock South Surrey area since 2002.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts and masters of Arts from the University of Calgary and is a graduate of the Centre for Creative Leadership in La Jolla, California.  After a career of more than 30 years in the railway industry, Dennis ended his working career as Vice president, Operations for BC Rail.  Dennis was the volunteer President of a local Strata from 2007 until 2016.  Always active in the community where he has lived, Dennis was made aware of the good work White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society does through his wife Lorraine, who is one of the many valuable and dedicated volunteers at the Hospice Society Thrift Store.  Dennis was elected to the Hospice Society Board in 2016.
  Beth Kish - Executive Director - Non Voting
Beth Kish has recently accepted the position of Executive Director for the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society. She comes with several years of experience having been the Executive Director for the Surrey Hospice Society and the Foothills Country Hospice Society in Southern Alberta. Having worked and volunteered for several not for profit organizations, Beth has established herself in the community personally, politically, and through the successful evolution of her career. Working in support of Hospice care has been the most challenging and most rewarding of Beth’s work and represents a hybrid of her experience and passion.  Atop her resume though, is the most important role of Beth’s life, which is her role as a mother to her two wonderful children; Wendy and Grant.