Board of Directors
Vancouver Island Mental Health Society is a charitable nonprofit community-based organization, led by professional staff and governed by a volunteer board of directors
Board of Directors
Board members are elected at VIMHS annual general meetings (usually held in June each year) and generally serve for two-year terms. The current board of directors includes the following members:
Arthur Burrows, Chair
Arthur Burrows is a registered psychologist, with a private practice in both Alberta and British Columbia.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Burrows has experience working in a range of settings including hospitals, schools and community mental health.
His work has included large urban centers, rural settings as well as the near north.
Lynne Fraser, Vice-Chair
Lynne Fraser served on the board of Coastal Community Credit Union for 9 years. Prior to Lynne’s retirement in 2006, she worked in the credit union system for 36 years. Her last position, with Coastal Community Credit Union, was Senior Vice President of Finance.
Lynne is an active community volunteer and resides in Nanaimo with her husband, Ted, and sons, Jeff and Matt.
Bill Scott, Treasurer
Bill Scott is a retired certified public accountant (CPA) with experience providing accounting, tax and business advice to Vancouver Island businesses. Bill moved to Nanaimo in 1979 and over the years has participated in a range of non-profit organizations, including United Way, Nanaimo and District Home Support, the Rotary Club and The Port Theatre.
He’s married to Linda and they have a blended family of 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Bill Bard has lived in Nanaimo for almost 30 years. He grew up with a single mother with mental illness, in government housing, so he understands the issues and needs of housing for vulnerable persons. Mental illness manifests itself in different ways for most of his family members. Bill lives with bipolar mood disorder which is controlled chemically.
Bill was the first openly gay person to be elected to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District. His passion for public education is consistent. He used his position to educate colleagues and staff on bipolar disorder and was effective in raising awareness at the most senior levels.
James Brennan has served on various boards of directors over the years. His career includes a management role with John Howard Society, counselor for an alcohol and drug program, and work with disability and legal assistance initiatives.
Sharon Hobenshield, Ha-Youly, PhD, is of mixed ancestry, Gitxsan First Nations on her mother’s side and German on her father’s. She has been working at Vancouver Island University since 2006 as the Director of Aboriginal Education and Engagement.
Sharon believes strongly in the spirit and resiliency of Indigenous people and promotes that Indigenous ways of knowing and being in this world, have to be built into service delivery across all sectors.
Natalie Luchtmeyer has worked as a counsellor in private practice since 2012 offering one to one counselling, relationship counselling and group workshops on a variety of topics including: emotions, anger management, boundaries, relationship, parenting and shame resiliency.
Brock Williamson is a commissioned land surveyor with a background in engineering surveys and computer applications. He has served on the board of variance for the Regional District of Nanaimo and was chairman for five years.
The work of the Board
The Vancouver Island Mental Health Society’s board of directors is a governance board, meaning that it is responsible for the broader directions of the organization, while the management and staff are responsible for the details of the organization’s work.
The Board meets regularly with senior management and once a year in a day-long themed workshop. Members of the Board also meet in smaller committees as required.
Above, Board members Lynne Fraser, Brock Williamson, Arthur Burrows and (in background) Sharon Hobenshield work in small groups at a September 2018 workshop focused on the organization’s external communications and messaging.