Board of Directors

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Susan Brown, Chair

Susan M. Brown is the Administrator for Community Health programs in the South Okanagan for Interior Health. This includes programs as diverse as Mental Health and Substance Use, Promotion & Prevention, Home Health, End of Life Care, Primary Care and a 6-bed rural hospital. Coming from over 32 years in Public Health however her passion is for ensuring that all program areas have a focus on primary prevention. She strongly believes that community development and organization is where successful prevention occurs. Success is most likely when people are involved in identifying the challenges and working together for solutions. Susan is a Registered Nurse who holds a Masters in Health Studies. She has worked across three provinces with a large focus on healthy rural communities.

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Betty Brown

Betty Brown is an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan, a Community Health Facilitator with Interior Health, and a member of the  Advisory Committee, Institute for Health Systems Transformation and Sustainability "Sustaining the Village" project.  She works as a Board Member for the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition, and is a member of the Advisory Committees of: BC Rural Health Services Research Network; UBC Centre for Mindful Engagement and the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.

Her areas of research interest include community-based participatory action research (CB PAR) Community development to improve population health and wellness, social determinants of health, and international development . 


Keith Culver

Dr. Keith Culver is Professor of Management, and Director of the Okanagan Sustainability Institute. Dr. Keith Culver serves as Acting Dean of Management in the absence of the Dean. In addition to his administrative role, he conducts research at the intersection of sustainability, jurisprudence, and knowledge mobilization for innovation. He taught previously at the University of New Brunswick where he was Professor of Philosophy, and in France where he held the Econoving International Chair in Eco-Innovation in the UniverSud Paris consortium of universities. Recent representative publications include Culver and Giudice, Legality’s Borders (Oxford UP 2010) and Culver and Castle, eds., Aquaculture, Innovation and Social Transformation (Springer, 2008).


Dr. Gerry Karr

Gerry’s professional education includes a PhD in Pharmacology (U of M 1967), MD (UBC 1969) and FRCPC (Internal Medicine 1974).

In retirement Gerry has pursued his interest in primary prevention and health promotion prompted by many years of first-hand experience treating patients with lifestyle-related chronic disease. He is passionate about the need for community-driven collaboration and innovation to build a new culture that supports and rewards healthy living as a new cultural norm. He was founder of the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair and is the President of the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition, an intersectoral partnership of regional authorities, including RDOS, School Districts, Municipalities, Indian Bands, Interior Health, UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College

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Don MacIntyre

Don is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for School District 67 Okanagan Skaha. He has completed graduate work in both Business Administration and Education.

Don has been a school Principal at both the middle and high school level and has a strong background in enhancing school culture and developing environments that are safe for our students. The OSHLC provides Don with an opportunity to take a pro-active approach to building healthy communities, which directly benefits kids in schools.

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Bill Newell

Bill Newell is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen.


Murray Swales

Murray Swales is a Chartered Accountant with deep family roots in the South Okanagan and Similkameen with an interest in contributing to making it the healthiest region in BC.  His varied professional experience ranges from CFO of owner operated businesses to being a partner in local and national accounting firms where he advised clients in a variety of industries, including small and median owner operated businesses, public companies, aboriginal governments and related organizations and not for profit organizations.

Throughout his professional career, Murray has volunteered his time for non-profit organizations in his community.  His volunteer activities have been with organizations having a primary focus on improving the livability of communities and its citizens.

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Linda Van Alphen

Linda joined the BCCPAC Volunteer Parent Advocacy Project in 1998 and was trained by Janet Philips and Cathy Bedard. This training allowed her to further develop the skills needed to help parents speak up for their children.  In 2000, Linda pursued a certificate in “Effective Advocacy” by enrolling in the Penticton Advocacy Project taught by Pat May which focused primarily on advocating for special needs. 

Currently, Linda is in her fifth term as a trustee on the Board of Education, SD#67 Okanagan Skaha and through that is Chair of the Board, Member of the Aboriginal Education Council, Liaison to Summerland Child & Youth Committee, Liaison to the Advisory Planning Council in Summerland as well as to Trout Head Elementary and Summerland Secondary School Parent Advisory Councils.  Volunteer time is spent with the “Breakfast for Learning” group at Giants Head School. Linda’s spare time is spent working outside on the farm and spending quality moments with her four grandchildren.

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Marieze Tarr

Marieze Tarr holds an MSc. In Medical sciences (biochemistry) from the University of Stellenbosch, and moved to Canada from South Africa in 1991. She is the mother of 3 children and currently Chair of Board of Education, SD53.