Board of Directors

David was born in the UK and following two decades where he worked and lived in Europe, Egypt and Indonesia, he and his family (wife and two children) emigrated to Canada in 1997. Professionally David qualified as an exploration geophysicist, however since he arrived in Canada he has been involved in the management of international energy company ventures mostly in the roles of founder, director and CEO. Following retirement in 2015, David moved to Vancouver and now spends most of his time in his home on the Sunshine Coast. He has been involved with volunteer organisations at board level since 2011 and also mentors through UBC and Futurpreneur. David joined Habitats board in September 2019.

Meghan is a freelance paralegal who runs her own small business. Meghan works with lawyers throughout the province and enjoys working on complicated litigation files. Meghan completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from SFU and has a paralegal diploma. Prior to studying to become a paralegal, Meghan worked with the Legal Services Society assisting low income British Colombians to deal with their legal issues. When not working, Meghan enjoys being outside and she can be found skiing, sailing, gardening or hiking.

Dr. Marius A Welgemoed qualified as a medical doctor in 2006. He obtained a Masters Degree in Medicine with specialization in Psychiatry and became a fellow of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, College of Psychiatrists. After immigrating to Canada in 2015 he obtained his
Masters Degree in Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health. He completed a fellowship in Brain Stimulation Therapies at Columbia University in New York. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a
Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. He is the Psychiatry Lead for the Geriatric Psychiatry, Adult Community Support Services Teams and he is the medical lead for Sumac Place Tertiary Rehabilitation Center since 2017. In 2019 he was appointed as medical manager for psychiatric services on the Sunshine Coast and he lectures at the University of British Columbia. In 2020 he joined the board of Habitat for Humanity.

John was CEO with a professional association (ASTTBC) for over 4 decades during which he initiated or contributed to professional and BC Government legislation, enhanced professional recognition and careers, created a charitable foundation that awarded $700,000 in bursaries & technology programming, developed programs for First Nations, promoted women in technology and contributed internationally in Africa, Asia and Europe. John has received numerous awards over the years in recognition of his service to the community and profession. On retirement Premier John Horgan wrote to John, “Your tenure as the CEO is a testament to your leadership and your hard work, dedication, and vision…” John served in leadership roles with BCIT Board of Governors, BCIT Alumni Association, and the Canadian Society of Association Executives. Locally he was Chair of the Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest in 2020. He joined the Habitat Board in 2019 serving as Board Secretary.

Kelly has been in the publishing industry for most of her life, starting in the local newspaper at the age of 15, and now lives in Powell River and is the publisher of the Powell River Peak. She has years of experience and education in graphic design, advertising, marketing, and business. If you were to ask her what her most important role is, she would tell you, being a mother to her two beautiful daughters and raising them with her wonderful husband. Kelly enjoys giving back to her community and does so by volunteering and serving on the local Marine Area Business Association, and the Powell River Chamber of Commerce board, and chairing the Public Relations committee for the Powell River Rotary Club (evening chapter).

Richard (Hergy) Hergesheimer is a retired Lutheran church pastor. Prior to his retirement to life on the Sunshine Coast in 2013, he served several congregations in the Greater Vancouver area and Montreal, PQ. Presently he is the part-time pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church in Davis Bay which has a long relationship with the local Habitat for Humanity organization since its beginning. Hergy is one of the newest members of the Habitat Board as well as a member of the Family Selection Committee. He willingly agreed to serve because of his desire to find a significant and constructive way of making a positive contribution to the culture and community of those who live and work in this beautiful part of BC. He and his wife have two grown sons, one of whom has lived on the Sunshine Coast for over a dozen years.

Chris has had over 50 years in the field of interior design, both with major retailers and as the head of his own design firm, chrisp interior design. New home planning as well as renovations, retail showrooms, hair salons, and a wide variety of other work. He is a continuing member of the Interior Designers of Canada, and also of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario. His design work has been published in both domestic and foreign media.

Giving back to the community: 3 prior years on the board of HFHSC, chairing fundraisers, donation of time to benefit various non-profits, and donating and buying from ReStores over the years. He has also secured large ongoing donations of household goods from major home furnishing showrooms.

Originally hailing from Ottawa, and the last 24 years in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, and has served as both president, vice president, and member of a number strata councils.

Norman D. Wright studied engineering at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and became a Certified Ontario Hospital Engineer. Later he studied management, coaching, and leadership at the University of Central Missouri School of Graduate Studies and practised in both the USA and Canada. He achieved certification as a Dale Carnegie Instructor, Trainer, and Business Coach. Much of his current work includes teaching professional and personal development programs and he is now ranked as a World Class Instructor in these fields. His teaching skills will no doubt be a major asset in developing educational materials for this new life-science of Atomic Biology.

Brad was born and raised in Vancouver and has been a full time resident on the Coast for some years. He is the founder, publisher and editor of a local architectural magazine as well as owner of a prefab home business with a focus on energy efficient and affordable housing. Brad has been active on the executive board since 2019 and has acted in the role of treasurer up until July 2020. He stepped down from the position to act as Chair of the newly formed “Land & Resources Committee” The Land & Resources committee was formed primarily to liaison with property developers, private investors, and local stakeholders to ensure that future property development will include an element of affordable housing.

This could be you!

NEW MEMBER

We are looking to add new members to our Board of Directors! If you are passionate about our mission with prior board experience in the charitable sector, we would love to hear from you. While all accomplished career individuals will be considered, of particular interest will be those whose resumes include finance, banking, retail, construction, real estate development, human resources and those with a law degree or CPA designation.

Interested in applying?

To apply, send a copy of  your resume to ceo@habitatsc.ca or drop by the ReStore and Affiliate Office located at 5605 Sunshine Coast Highway to deliver your resume in person.

Need to know more?

Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast board members hold oversight accountability for the organization’s mandate, brand strength, fundraising, health and safety and more. The Board guides the strategic direction; hires and evaluates the CEO and provides governance oversight to operations. This includes monitoring the organization’s effectiveness and service outcomes through a range of performance indicators.

The board monitors the use of resources and evaluates and improves its own governance effectiveness. In addition, Board members may act in an advocacy capacity and also subject matter experts in various operating areas.