MEET THE POINT ROBERTS' CIRCLE OF CARE TRUSTEES
GALEN WOOD - PRESIDENT
GALEN WOOD - PRESIDENT
Galen Wood is an innovator in organizational development and management consulting. For the past 10 years she has focused the majority of her consulting with not-for-profits, governments and academic institutions. She specializes in strategic planning, organizational development, board development, executive/ business coaching and leadership development.
As a full time resident of Point Roberts, she is critically aware of the need for in- home medical and tertiary services for residents experiencing illness or injury. As a founding Trustee of Circle of Care, her volunteer efforts include strategic planning, board alignment, coordinating fundraising events, and volunteering non-medical services to those in need.
LOUISE CASSIDY - TREASURER
Louise grew up Nanaimo, BC. Her training and work in the field of accounting led her to jobs in Victoria and then on the mainland. In 1983 Louise & her husband Darrell moved to Point Roberts and purchased their first home.
In 1991, ready for a challenge, Louise purchased a business in Richmond doing the labor intensive, small volume, specialty print bindery work that the big shops did not want. Working with a group of loyal and dedicated employees she grew the business and after 20 years she sold it back to the original owners.
Not one to sit and do nothing, Louise became active in the Point Roberts community as Manager/Bookkeeper of Trinity Community Lutheran Church, Treasurer for the friends of Point Roberts Library, Board Member/Treasurer of PR Circle of Care, volunteer at the Benson Road Gardens and working part-time at Nielson's Building Center.
ROBERTA NIELSON - SECRETARY
An enthusiastic sales leader in the building supplies industry, her 35 year career has always involved building relationships and connecting with clients. Listening to her client’s needs, working collaboratively with them and creating unique solutions for them has been her everyday goal. She has been focused on finding the ‘easy button’ for them to do business with her, as well as having fun along the way.
Roberta’s 10 year commitment with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), sitting both at the local and national levels, as President and V.P of Programs allowed her to hone her understanding of the essentials of volunteering.
Her interest in Health and Wellness was developed at the early age of 15 when an 80 year ‘young’ neighbor gave her a copy of Adelle Davis’s groundbreaking book “Let’s Get Well”. Since that time she has always been engaged in H&W… voraciously reading and always excited to be learning something new.
Roberta’s passion for our ‘final journey’ began with her hands-on care of her father in 2013 as she navigated our complex healthcare system and sought to better understand his needs as he approached his final days. Joy and dignity became her guideposts as she tended to his body, mind and spirit. She knew then that she wanted to help make a difference in other’s lives during their journey.
Wanting to ensure that those who share this unique 4.9 square miles called “The Point” will have the care they require as they age is her reason for getting involved in the ‘Circle of Care’.
Isobel joined CoC’s Board of Directors in 2018, having moved to Point Roberts in 2017 from Spokane, WA. She and her (now deceased) husband owned and operated an adult family home, a facility that provided care to individuals with chronic mental or physical disabilities.
Isobel worked as an RN in acute and chronic settings in BC and Washington state. She feels a special bond with those at the end of life, especially those suffering from dementia. She has three children and nine grandchildren scattered from Vancouver to Holland. When not enjoying life at the Point, in a garden somewhere, she can be found on planes carrying her away to visit family.
Barbara is a retired RN with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She spent most of her career in school health and school administration in California. She served as state president of her organization in the early 90s. Barb was elected one of the inaugural Public Hospital District Commissioners here, helping convert our Clinic from a federal grant to taxpayer support Barb is very interested in Circle of Care because she can see what her OWN needs might be down the line. She has lived here since 2002.
Virginia graduated from the University of California, San Francisco as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1981. Virginia and her husband Ed retired in 1996 to travel and live on their motor sailor. They sailed into the Point Roberts Marina and after some prodding and negotiation agreed to develop and operate the Point Roberts Clinic in 2003. They both retired in 2012. Together they have 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and only two children!
Virginia has continued to be involved in this community, especially Point Roberts Emergency Preparedness activities. She was appointed as a commissioner for the Whatcom County Fire Department 5 and has been actively involved in the COVID 19 epidemic, assisting with testing and immunizations. Virginia was recently invited to join the Board of Trustees for the Circle of Care.
"This is an incredibly special community and I hope to continue to assist people with their health needs for many years to come."
Bill and Beth moved to Point Roberts in 2019 after having spent the prior 21 years in Olympia, Washington. Bill comes with his unique accent having been born and raised in New Jersey to include College. Upon graduation, Bill’s lottery number came up and his post graduate work was in the US Army. After serving, Bill enjoyed working in several fields and lived in various states. Bill eventually settled into a Financial Services career with Citibank and J.P. Morgan Chase Treasury Services which included over 38 years of Relationship, Product and Project Management including several overseas assignments and 24 years managing State and Federal benefit programs. Bill retired in 2018 and enjoys two of his 10 grandchildren, who reside in Ferndale and he has become involved in his community by joining the PRCAC and volunteering for the Circle of Care.
ANNELLE NORMAN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Annelle Norman fell in love with Point Roberts and its people when she visited briefly in 2007. In 2010, after 43 years in Denver, she pulled up stakes and moved here and is still in love!
With degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Complementary Medicine, she has spent her life assisting and supporting others both in her careers and in her volunteer time. Annelle was a member of Team Mary, assisting Mary Irving to stay in her home up until her passing. This was a poignant reminder of days spent with her parents, aunts, and uncles while they cared for grandparents and great grandparents as they aged and passed away at home.
In 2015 Annelle was a co-founder of Circle of Care along with Chris Cameron (Mary’s daughter) and Dina Boykiw (also a Team Mary member), and subsequently served as a trustee on the Board of Trustees. She resigned her role on the board in order to become Volunteer Coordinator and now serves as Executive Director.
In her spare time, when she's not in the garden on Benson Road or on the beach or walking the woods at Lily Point (always with her faithful companion, Lady), you'll find her hugging on her grandson, Grayson, who lives with his mom and dad in North Vancouver.
CHRISTIANA CAMERON - PRESIDENT EMERITUS
Christiana Cameron, President Emeritus of Point Roberts Circle of Care, has been a part-time resident of Point Roberts for thirty-seven years. Born and raised in Los Angeles of Canadian parents, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a double major in Art and Biology. She first came to the Point in 1981 when she moved to Vancouver, B.C. after completing her Master of Arts degree in Biological and Medical Illustration at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Chris began her working career at the University of British Columbia as a medical illustrator. Once she had her children she continued to free-lance as an illustrator for a number of years. Chris continued to work in the arts as a watercolour artist specializing in floral and landscape painting. She also ran a small catering company, Chris Cooks, while being an active volunteer at her children’s school and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Returning to university after her children were grown, Chris received her Bachelor of Arts in education from UBC and taught math and science at St. John’s School in Vancouver until her retirement in 2012.
The formation of Circle of Care grew out of Chris’s own experience helping her mother, Mary Irving, remain independent and living in her own home until her death. Chris knows first-hand how challenging this can be and helped form CoC to address the issues faced by residents of Point Roberts as they age.
Chris continues her artistic interests through quilting and is a dedicated grandmother of three. She is a member of the Garden Club, and Friends of the Library.
"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." -Margaret Wheatley