Silver Threads Service 2017-2018 Board of Directors
The Volunteer Board of Directors provide direction and oversight to the organization by ensuring the goals of the Strategic Plan are implemented and attained. The Board protects the organization by following the Constitution and Bylaws and ensuring that the Society always acts within all applicable statutes and laws of British Columbia and Canada.
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Sara Roberts Pash – President
Dr. Marjorie Moulton – Vice President
Andy Robinson – Past President
Doug Crowder – Treasurer
Norm Tatlow – Secretary
Tracy Ryan – Executive Director
Pam Madoff – City of Victoria Council Liaison
Victoria Power – Island Health Liaison
Leif Wergeland – District of Saanich Council Liaison
Sara Roberts Pash, President
Sara was born in Stoney Creek, Ontario, and grew up in Vancouver. Her work experience began in the hospitality industry, and included the positions of Front Office Manager and Catering Manager. After marrying in Penticton, she served as Treasurer on the board of the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. A year later, the board hired her to be a Counsellor for their women’s transition house. When her husband’s career brought them to Victoria in 1990, Sara returned to school, and obtained a B.A. and M.A. in political science. Thus began her third career teaching political theory at the University of Victoria.
After retirement, Sara became a volunteer at Silver Threads, and has served on the board since 2014. She previously served on the non-profit boards of Abbeyfield House, and the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association.
Andy Robinson, Past President
Andy was born in England and moved to Vancouver Island in 1968 at age 12. He has a BA from UVic and an MA from the University of Western Ontario both in Economics. Now mostly retired, Andy worked in the BC Public service for almost 34 years with brief stints at the federal Department of Finance and the Ministry of Finance in Vietnam.
For much of his career Andy provided advice to the provincial government on tax policy, including 13 years as the Director of Tax Policy and 3 years as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Tax Policy and several other policy areas. He concluded his career in the public service as Vice President of Policy and Legal Services at BC Assessment.
Andy served as President for three years and has found his time with Silver Threads to be both extremely rewarding and sometimes challenging. Other interests include; skiing, bicycling, sailing and Scandinavian murder mysteries.
Doug Crowder, Treasurer
With his Certified Management Accounting designation plus an MBA from Queens University, Doug brings almost 40 years’ experience in business management and financial controls to our Board.
Doug moved from Toronto to Victoria in 2004 to work for the locally owned Ralmax Group of Companies as a senior executive. Doug is also a Director and Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and is a member of the Songhees Nation Finance & Audit Committee.
In their spare time, Doug and his wife Gail enjoy travelling and visiting their children and grandchildren in British Columbia, Ontario and England.
Margaret Jacobson, Director
Margaret is retired having spent 37 years employed in Financial Accounting and Administrative positions, and has served for 20 years on various Boards in roles that include Treasurer, President, Safety Security, and Secretary. Her expertise is enhanced through working for a large local social service non-profit Society with multiple complex programs for housing, shelters that served youth and seniors; previous government social programs, and large manufacturing companies. She has keen interest in social concerns, mental health and the work of charitable organizations.
Margaret is a Canadian citizen born, raised and educated in the Vancouver area, lived in the United States for 22 years where she raised her family, and loves Victoria as being home for over 35 years.
Dr. Marjorie Moulton, Vice President
A resident of Victoria, BC, for over 25 years Dr. Moulton began her career in allopathic medicine and psychology in 1989. A graduate of the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she earned her doctorate in Oriental Medicine and ran a successful private acupuncture practice in Victoria for 12 years teaching 2 years for Oshio College of Acupuncture and Herbology.
In August 1995 Dr. Moulton lost her father to Alzheimer’s. In 2000 her mother, June Fuller Moulton, published We Rage, We Weep: A Rural Caregiver’s Experience Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease documenting the journey of a caregiver in a remote environment. Inspired by her mother’s work Dr. Moulton started We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation which received its charitable status in May 2006. Now, over a decade later the Foundation continues to assist caregivers, families and those with dementia.
Norm Tatlow, Secretary
Norm is retired after 35 years working in the oil industry, a career that took him to live in many posts across Canada, Belgium, Washington DC, and travelling widely around the world from these locations. His education includes a BCOMM from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Geneva/ IMI. In addition to his volunteer work, Norm finds time for family, cycling, skiing, yoga, drums and a Vintage Car Club.
Kathy Ajas, Director
Kathy brings experience with a designation as a Certified Professional Consultant on Ageing and a Certificate in Mediation. Kathy’s experience includes 12 years working with seniors and their families in management roles overseeing independent living and VIHA Subsidized Housing and is currently employed with Revera Parkwood Place. Kathy has a designation as a Certified Professional Consultant on Ageing and a Certificate in Mediation. She is a strong advocate for seniors and well connected to the community. Kathy values the work of Silver Threads as a resource to the community.
In addition to her volunteer activities and career, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and three grandchildren and is lucky to have them all live in Victoria.
Shawn Rankin, MPAcc, CPA, CA, Director
Shawn is a principal at Collins Barrow Victoria and been a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant since 2005. His clients include local small to medium-sized entities in both the private sector and not-for-profit organizations. He has a large amount of assurance experience on both small to medium-sized for profit entities, local government and on not-for-profit entities. A third-generation Victorian, Shawn enjoys working with locally based entities that provide the backbone of the capital city.
Shawn’s professional education builds on a degree in Hispanic studies which helped him to become fluent in Spanish, he then obtained a Masters degree in Professional Accounting that prepared him for his CPA, CA.
Shawn enjoys reading, cycling and spending time with his wife and their boys Santiago and Samuel
Sonterra Ross, Director
Sonterra Ross grew up next to the water in the Okanagan. Her love for the water and tourism brought her to Victoria in 1996, where she has lived ever since. Traveling and learning about different cultures is a passion of hers.
She began her accounting career with Oak Bay Marine Group, where she strengthened her financial management skills. In 2003, she moved to Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, where she has had the privilege to take on different management and executive positions. Much of her focus is on real estate development and lease negotiations. By profession Sonterra is a Chartered Professional Accountant which allows her to specialize in strategic planning and financial management.
She has sat on many Boards mostly related to the not-for-profit/charitable sector. She is passionate about making her community a better place to live and work.