Sheila Service, Board Chair;

Sheila has an RN and BSN and worked on Vancouver Island for over 40 years in various senior roles at VIHA, from a Nurse Administrator and retired in 2012 as the Manager of Emergency Preparedness. Sheila has a history of volunteering in the community and in addition to her health care career she has belonged to and chaired numerous volunteer Boards ranging from Island Saving Credit Union to Evergreen Independent School.








Cindy Schiller, Vice Chair;

As a lifetime resident of the Cowichan Region, Cindy has strong ties in the community. She has volunteered for many years and has held board positions, from director to president, with Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Harbour House and CUISA. Cindy has had a full career in insurance and risk management and is currently Assistant Vice president of Island Savings Insurance Services. Cindy brings her life experiences and business acumen to the Board.






Fran Kirby, Treasurer

Fran Kirby has a history of community service including board positions on the Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, Cowichan United Way, Encore Women's Choir, Duncan United Church and the Canadian Federation of University Women.  She has a Bachelor of Administration, and a Certified Financial Planner designation as well as a number of trade designations with the financial planning industry from where she recently retired after 25 years in private practise.  Fran is an amateur musician, singing with the Encore! Women's Choir and playing clarinet with the Cowichan Concert Band.






John Allen, Director;

John is a long term resident of North Cowichan and an insightful, multi-talented leader, accomplished manager and professional. A sound decision maker with 25 + years of broad experience in the management of resource sector projects, commercial operations, and business development.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, is a Registered Professional Forester, a life member of the Maple Bay Fire Hall, and is looking forward to serving the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation.




Bill Brown, Director;

Bill is retired from a 46 year career in planning and municipal administration. Since 2008, he has taken on NGO assignmnets in Laos, Jamaica and Canada; as well as providing mentorship to 13 grandchildren, restoring vintage sports cars & trying to get an engine into his small sailboat. His greatest satisfaction comes from seeing potential realized thru working with others to build the support capability of their communities. Bill likes to see people and communities be all they can be!









Carol Voghell, Director

Education and Training:  RN Training, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal 1967 – 1970. B.C.I.T – Human Resource Management 1975 – 1978 (evenings)

Working Life – 35 years in the Human Resource/Labor Relations field.   University of BC - Human Resources Department – Recruiter and Labor Relations Assistant.   Vancouver School Board – Manager of Human Resources. for Non- Teaching Personnel   Health Employers Association of BC –  Consultant and Manager Vancouver Island    Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) – various positions – Retired as Director of Labor Relations

Retired Life – Volunteer.     Lake Healthcare Auxiliary - Lake Cowichan and Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop (HATS).   Cowichan Lake District Seniors’ Association – 7 years Board of Directors.

Fun Stuff:  Family, grandchildren, friends.   Red Hats (Lollipops).   Gardening

Ginny Saboe, Director

My name is Virginia Saboe but I go by Ginny.  I was raised in Victoria. I moved away with my family and spent 37 years in Whitehorse, Yukon where for 19 years I worked for the phone company;  as a telephone operator, customer service officer and Marketing. The last 10 years there I served as a software tester.   The last few years in the Yukon, I was the volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity.

I moved back to Lake Cowichan in 2013 when I retired.  Once settled, I joined the Lake Cowichan 50+ Activity Center, helping in the kitchen and setting up for dances and fund raising.   I took over Presidency from 2016 to 2019.  It was a great learning curve as I had never sat on any board and had to learn how to run the organization.   I am still on the board and help out as needed.

I bring to the table the willingness to help out wherever needed and I am a worker bee who likes to get things done.  I may not have the ideas, but I can get the ideas done.  I look forward to been able to help the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation


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Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation
135 Third Street, Duncan, B.C. V9L 1R9
Phone: (250) 715-6481   |   Fax: (250) 746-8819
Email: Cowichan Seniors Community