Board of Directors
Meet the the 2020/2021 Board of Directors of the Sooke Elderly Citizens Housing Society (SECHS), which manages Ayre Manor Seniors Housing:
Pat worked for the B.C. Liquor Board for 35 years in the Liquor Retail environment, retiring as a manager. She has a wide variety of experience including customer service, scheduling, hiring, mentoring and conflict resolution. She has since volunteered as Fund Raising Director, Vice Chair and Chair of the Sooke Philharmonic Society for six years, as well as Director, Committee Chair and general member of the Sooke Harbourside Lions Club.
“Both my mother and brother were residents of Ayre Manor from 2013 until their passing in 2016 — my brother at 75 and mom at 103! From Assisted Living to Complex Care, I have experienced the level of professional and compassionate care given my family, as well as the kindness extended to me.”
Since her retirement as Secretary-Treasurer of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Geraldine became heavily involved in volunteer work within the Sooke community. Her previous work experiences in finance, administration, labour relations, social activism and public speaking provided her with a solid foundation for her volunteer work in many different Sooke organizations including: President of the All Sooke Arts & Crafts and Board Member of the Sooke Fine Arts Show, where she served as Vice President for 3 years and President for 3 three years. At the same time, she also found time to pursue her passion of fused and stained glass, connecting with many other Sooke artists.
Geraldine's involvement with Ayre Manor began almost ten years ago when a good friend, along with her husband, moved into the Manor and Geraldine witnessed the exceptional level of care provided to residents. On her visits to the Manor, she would often bring along her dogs, which the residents and guests always enjoyed. Realizing how much pleasure these visits created for the residents, she initiated the first Annual Dog Show.
“My involvement and dedication to the work at Ayre Manor continues and I am honoured to serve as the Vice President on the Board of Directors. I am continually impressed with the positive and productive relationships among the staff, residents and volunteers and I feel privileged to be a part of the Ayre Manor community.”
Once a local Sooke business owner, Lorraine owned and operated West Coast Natural Foods for 20 years. Following this, she volunteered at Sooke Meals on Wheels for 13 years as a team leader, planning and cooking 30 meals twice monthly; two years each as Treasurer and Secretary; and two and a half years as President. She also volunteers annually with the Sooke Fall Fair and Sooke Fine Arts Show.
Larry is a retired 2nd Class Power Engineer with a background in gas plant and building engineering, as well as careers in farming, construction and school bus operation. He also owned and operated a small landscape company. Larry has volunteered for over 50 years with the BC and Alberta Lions Clubs as well as the Masons and Royal Canadian Legion and sits on the Board of Directors of a Credit Union. Since moving to Sooke, Larry has been involved with the Sooke Lions Club as a lifetime member, Masons (Mount Shepherd Lodge) and Sooke Legion.
David has a background in social work, adult education and social service administration, with over 25 years experience as a Registered Social Worker in Alberta. In 2016, David was the Director of the Centre for Community Development at Kwara State University in Nigeria. On a personal level, he sings in the Victoria Gospel / Soul Choir and is a passionate gardener. David's interest in serving on our Board of Directors comes from a strong background in community development and that he is a senior citizen.
Adele has a been a Sooke resident for over 50 years. She worked in the Sooke Library and Sooke Region Museum prior to becoming an entrepreneur of a design and print shop. She was a committee member in the early years of the Sooke Fine Arts Show. In her more recent years, she worked in the Industrial First Aid field before becoming a National Construction Safety Officer supervisor — hiring, training and mentoring Safety Advisors; conducting internal and external audits, and creating Emergency Response Plans and Wildfire Evacuation Plans. Now retired, Adele enjoys gardening, reading, walking and, of course, volunteering.
Born and raised in Sooke, Trudy was a Resident Care Attendant for 24 years, specializing in Alzheimer's, dementia and other brain diseases. She has extensive training in areas such as palliative care, pain management, diet and nutrition, elderly vulnerability and isolation, and first aid.