Board of Directors

Born and raised in Vancouver British Columbia, Doug Brown owned and worked for a variety of companies since 1968. He lived and worked in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, and was involved in setting up a major distribution centre in Toronto to managing a division of a major international diamond drill bit manufacturing business in Richmond. In the last 15 years. Doug owned his own company and recently retired. He sat on several boards and is a member of several Masonic Bodies In BC. Doug is a Shriner and held the position of Assistant Hospital Chairman for BC & the Yukon and currently holds the position of Imperial Patient Ambassador.

France and Doug have a daughter who is doing her masters degree at the University of Victoria at the faculty of science graduating in the summer of 2017 as a Nurse Practitioner.


Sue McCrae has over 32 years experience as a consultant, accountant, controller, and CFO, assisting large and small businesses meet the challenges of growth, change, reorganization and, critical start-ups.

Sue has also been involved in the successful start up of Revelstoke Community Futures Society, Revelstoke Business Development, and Mount Mackenzie Alpine Sports Society. Other past volunteer work includes President Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary, Treasurer of Revelstoke Ski Club. Leader of Nancy Greene Ski League, Guide leader, President of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm. Current involvement includes Treasurer of the Shuswap Hospice Society, President Shuswap Music Festival Society, volunteering as a mentor through the Launch A Preneur Program, and President of the South Shuswap Health Services Society.

Sue and her husband Don lived in Revelstoke and then Okotoks before settling in Blind Bay in 1993. They have two children and eight granddaughters.




Andy Bartels was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and moved to the West Coast in 1974. Andy has had several careers starting with golf course maintenance and construction and ending in financial planning. Andy retired from Investors Group in 2005.  Andy has worked as a volunteer in several local organizations including the CSRD Parks Committee and more recently the Area ā€œCā€ Governance Committee.  In general Andy enjoys motorcycling, hiking and outdoor activities here in the Shuswap.

Andy and his wife Adele lived in Vancouver before settling in Blind Bay in 1999. They have three children and five grandchildren.





Bette-Jean (Bett) Walmsley is a retiree with many years of experience in office administration, human resources, accounting, sales and customer service.  Bett has worked in numerous businesses such as advertising, financial institutes, construction, sales and with federal and provincial entities.  Since moving to the Shuswap, Bett has volunteered as an executive and member of many organizations. Past volunteer work has included being secretary of South Shuswap Canada Day Society, president of Shuswap Estates Community Association (SECA), treasurer for a performing arts group, and information counsellor for Tourism BC.

Bett and her husband Bill moved from the Lower Mainland in 1996 to settle in Blind Bay. They have one child and one grandson.


Dan Baskill is the owner of Blind Bay Resort, together with his wife Bonnie.

Dan has owned and operated several companies in Alberta and BC since 1986, spanning electrical, telecommunications, retail and land development. He has sat on several committees and boards over 25 years, and brings a diverse business perspective to this society.  More recently, Dan is active as one of the local South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce Directors for the past five years, and was a member of both the Blind Bay RCMP Advisory and Canada Day Committees.

Erik Hansen has many years of varied experiences as Stationary Engineer, real estate sales and construction, Rice Cake manufacturing (supplying all Safeway stores across Canada with their private label and other brands), and retail computer sales and service. He is currently Chief Certified Operator of the Shuswap Lake Estates water and sewer system. He is also President of the World Service Association, Treasurer of the newly formed South Shuswap Historical Society as well as an active member of several Masonic bodies throughout the interior of B.C.

Debbie and Erik are enjoying their new roles as doting grandparents to two 3 year grandsons.

Shirley Stuart comes to South Shuswap Health Services Society as a director.  She is actively involved in LASS as their Salmon Arm Cyber Seniors Facilitator after retiring from a career with the Okanagan Regional Library. The Shuswap is her home, and has been for some years as she is a graduate from Salmon Arm Senior Secondary. One of her passions while she worked at the South Shuswap library was to enhance the computer literacy of library patrons, and you would often find her spending countless hours assisting them with new devices. As the Cyber Seniors Facilitator in Salmon Arm, Shirley hopes to continue her love of making computers easier to understand. When not helping people with their computer problems you will find Shirley travelling Canada coast to coast and throughout the Yukon, Alaska, and into Inuvik riding with her husband on their motorcycle.

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