Founder, fundraiser and fanatical fighter in the war on Parkinson’s, Jillian is the force of nature who invented the original ParkinGo and now propels the successor Parkinson Wellness Project (PWP) forward. Chair of PWP’s Board of Directors, Jillian was a physiotherapist in Victoria forced in 2007 to give up her profession and her practice as a result of parkinsonism. She has relentlessly built awareness of Parkinson’s disease on Vancouver Island and across Canada, secured international partnerships with organizations such as Davis Phinney Foundation and become a respected ambassador for the World Parkinson Coalition. Jill’s personal Parkinson’s contacts stretch around the world. She’s also found time to ride bicycles in fundraisers and bake cookies for Board meetings. Jill saw the need for a Parkinson’s support organization and brought people together to make it happen. Having guided PWP through formation of a volunteer Board, development of the strategic plan to launch a community wellness centre and, most importantly, turning PWP’s new centre into reality, Jillian is the public face and voice of PWP.
As head of several Alberta hospitals, Gil Tourigny held responsibility for some of that province’s largest and most complex health-care facilities. Gil worked in Alberta as Administrator of the Cross Cancer Institute , Senior Vice President of Calgary District Hospital Group, Executive Director of Rockyview Hospital, and CEO of Chinook Health Region. As Chairman of the Project Steering Committee of PWP, he is responsible for planning and building our new centre. Gil holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Diploma in Hospital Administration from the University of Toronto. Gil served on Calgary’s United Way Cabinet, the Calgary and Lethbridge Rotary Clubs, and a number of non-profit Boards. Gil and his wife, Sandra have now settled into their retirement home that not only overlooks the Pacific Ocean, but more importantly for Gil, several golf courses.
John spent 30 years with the international accounting firm, Ernst & Young. Starting in his home town of Sydney Australia, he worked in Toronto, Victoria and finished his career with E&Y in Regina as managing partner for Saskatchewan, leaving the firm in 1997. Both the Victoria and Regina offices closed after he left, although there is no compelling evidence that these events are linked. Returning to Victoria in 1997, he joined the Chew Companies as CFO, running the finance operations of what were then eight separate lines of business. He orchestrated the divestiture of all but one business as part of the owners’ estate plans. He retired in 2015 but still is active as CFO and partner in Victoria Harbour Ferry Co., a business he bought into in 2004. John learned volunteering and team work when he joined a surf lifesaving club in Sydney at age 18. These were lessons that have served him well his entire career, volunteering for decades with United Way and Rotary, as well as currently sitting on several not-for-profit boards. He joined the PWP board because he was invited by a good friend who thought his business experience would be useful in starting and operating the new centre. He then realized he had friends and family with Parkinson’s who could have used what PWP is going to offer at its centre.
Lisa grew up in the USA, but came north after meeting her Canadian hockey-playing husband in Alabama. She completed her BSc in Nutrition at University of Alberta & MSc in Exercise Science at Seattle Pacific University. With a focus on wellness, she worked for the Edmonton YMCA as Women’s Fitness Director before moving to Victoria & starting a family in 1991. Her involvement in her children’s activities shifted her focus, resulting in her sitting on various boards from school fairs to Little League to Girl Guides. She later shifted her focus once again and joined the BC Cancer Foundation’s Jingle Mingle as a board member and auction chair. She sought out PWP after returning from a hometown visit with her father who has been battling Parkinson’s for over 20 years. Feeling grateful that her Dad had such wonderful people looking after him in her absence, she felt she could be of help to someone else’s loved ones here in Victoria. Lisa’s involvement with PWP includes Programming/ Education, Marketing/Communications/Fundraising and Project Décor committees. Lisa also mentors PWP’s Manager of Operations.
Maureen is a results-oriented individual who is committed to professional development in leadership, strengthening partnerships and focusing on community priorities. Her solid planning and organizational skills and abilities to deliver results in high-pressure, multi-task environments make her a sought- after resource in the not-for-profit sector having worked for over 35 years with United Way; 15 years leading the organization as CEO. Maureen’s remarkable energy, enthusiasm and ongoing commitment to capacity-building provide a solid foundation for effective participation in growth and community development. In 2010 Maureen was the recipient of the C-Fax Community Leader of the Year Award and the Royal Roads Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award. Her volunteer passion in recent years has been committed to Harbourside Rotary, where she has served as Club President in 2005-6 and Chair of the Harbourside Foundation Board. Recently Maureen’s husband Jerry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and the invitation to serve on the PWP Board is a natural fit for future involvement in the PWP community.
Don is fundraiser extraordinaire, famous on the PWP Board for passionate support of the organization’s mission and a relentless willingness to raise money to fund for PWP programs. As Chair of the Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Committee, Don was the architect of a significant shift in PWP policy which saw a transition from charging for PWP exercise classes to removing user fees and financing PWP activities through broadly-based community donations. Don gets immense personal satisfaction from: “ being involved in my community, being connected with others and hopefully using my experience and skills to make a difference.” Don has been volunteering since graduating from UVIC in 1969, serving on boards of a long list of charitable organizations. He enjoyed a 35-year career in the retail sector, which included senior executive roles in mid-sized Canadian companies and ownership of a small business. Don and Katherine are closing in on their 50th wedding anniversary and have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Dr Keiran Tuck MD Neurologist MDSMedical Advisor to the Board
Dr. Keiran Tuck, MBBS, grew up in the USA and studied medicine at the University of Sydney in Australia. He completed his neurology residency and a fellowship in movement disorders at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Since then, his research on palliative care in Parkinson’s disease has been published and he was named the co-director of the Legacy Portland Parkinson's Program. Recently, Dr. Tuck moved to Victoria, BC to start a Parkinson's and Movement Disorders clinic at Royal Jubilee
DR KAITLYN ROLAND PHD
Kaitlyn Roland is an adjunct professor (School of Public Health and Social Policy) and researcher at the University of Victoria (Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health) and Office of the Seniors Advocate (Ministry of Health, Gov BC). Over the past 12 years, her research program has focused on physical function, cognitive function, caregiver well-being and supports in Parkinson’s disease (PD). She teaches yoga and delivers yoga education; she also publishes and presents on the benefits of yoga for PD. Her 'Grampy' had PD and this inspired her research career in aging and PD. As a founding Board Member and current Scientific Advisor, the Parkinson Wellness Project (PWP) is near and dear to her heart! She appreciates how the PWP community continues to lift each other up and move forward... and look how much we've grown together!
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