We are lucky to have a diverse team of talented and experienced members on our Board. Read on and learn about the team.
Deanna Horn; Chair
Deanna Horn has lived in Langley since 1970 and her family has resided in Langley for 90 years. Her father grew up in Glen Valley and went to school in Fort Langley. Today her three children and all four grandchildren call Langley home. Deanna, her husband Brian and their extended family gratefully contribute back to the Langley community that they all care about.
A realtor since 1984 and an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Treeland Realty in Langley, Deanna works with her husband Brian and daughter Pamela. The Horns work together as a family team successfully marketing homes, acreages and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley. Deanna is extensively involved in local and provincial organized real estate associations and is Past President of the BC Real Estate Association and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.
As a proactive volunteer of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Deanna looks forward to applying her business, marketing and governance skills to the fundraising efforts of the Foundation.
Ellen Peterson; Vice Chair
Ellen and her family have lived in Langley for the past 10 years. She moved from Vancouver as part of the opening team for the Tong Louie Family YMCA and chose Langley for the excellent schools, recreation and beautiful environment for her, husband Ed and their children Joseph and Rachel.
A recent MBA graduate from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Ellen works as the Executive Director of the Langley Division of Family Practice (LDFP), and organization that represents local physicians in Langley and aims to bring our comunity together in health. Ellen looks forward to utilizing her skills and resources from the MBA program and past experience in community development and fundraising to support the goals of the Foundation. Through many years of working with not-for-profits, she has developed a high appreciation for the volunteers and leadership that make a difference in the lives of others and she looks forward to the opportunity to improve health and to serve her community.
Nav Gill; Treasurer
Nav is an Accounting Manager with the Langley-based accounting firm Facet Advisors Chartered Accountants. He has almost 10 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, working with owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
Nav was born in Prince George and grew up in North Delta. As a new member of the community in Langley, Nav is excited to put his talents to work for such an important Foundation. Since his days as an undergraduate at UBC, he has volunteered and provided accounting services for a number of not-for-profits, and he hopes this experience, along with his enthusiasm and compassion, will serve the Foundation well.
In his spare time, Nav keeps busy by playing sports, hiking with his Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and keeping up with his family and friends.
Dr. David Chapman; Secretary
Dr. Chapman was educated at the South African College School (SACS) and University of Cape Town, and immigrated with his wife, Robyn, to Canada from South Africa in 1990. They have two sons. Dr. Chapman is in General Practice in Langley and has been on active hospital staff at Langley Memorial Hospital since 1993. In addition to his office practice, he also shares the responsibility with his colleagues in the Langley Maternity Clinic, helping bring babies into the world.
Since 2008, David has been on the Editorial Board of the B.C. Medical Journal. He is a Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Practice of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. David also is a Peer Assessor for the Medical Practice Assessment Program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
David enjoys spending time with his family, as well as exercising and reading.
Liz Bailey-Connor is passionate about cultivating a thriving culture and enhancing the capabilities and engagement of employees at First West Credit Union. She has worked at First West since 2008.
Liz has background as a secondary school teacher and Chartered Psychologist in the UK; and operational leadership experience with a large provincial organization. She brings over 25 years’ experience working in the Human Resources field and applies her knowledge and expertise to her current role of Senior Vice President, People Services.
She is a business and results oriented professional with extensive experience in all aspects of human resources and other areas of operations. Liz is a thought leader and advocate for continuous improvement, inclusion, and positive cultural change.
Liz also volunteers and serves in the community (previous experience as Treasurer on Board of a non-profit society) and is the mother of two daughters. She enjoys reading/book club and walks with her Golden Retriever.
Thelma is a long-time resident of Langley. After graduating from UBC, she worked in health care as a clinical dietician, a community nutritionist and later held management positions in a community hospital and for Fraser Valley Health Region.
Since retirement she has participated as a member of the Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary working in the Penny Pincher thrift store, has held executive positions in the organization for the past 17 years, and is currently the first Vice President. Thelma also volunteers with the Patient Voices Network – her current assignment is to the Senior LINC program.
Thelma also has previous volunteer experiences with a Provincial Professional Organization, The Osteoporosis Society, Canadian Diabetes Association as well as with PAC’s and Sports Organizations while her two sons were in school.
Since 1995, Rebecca has built a successful legal practice in the areas of Family Law and Mediation; Real Estate law; and Wills and Estates. As a prominent lawyer in the Langley area, she has been a passionate community voice and advocate for many worthwhile organizations including Langley Community Services, Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise and Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.
40 years ago, Manjit immigrated from India, where she was working on completing her Masters in History at the Punjab University, to Langley in 1971. Manjit immigrated to join her husband, Darcy Gill, and the family business at Cloverdale Fule Ltd. Manjit and her husband are still running this business, which has been based in Langley since 1941, and have since expanded two more businesses – Darman Recycling Canada and Darman Recycling USA.
Over the past 20 years, Manjit has sat on various committees, charities and boards where she is an active member of the Langley community, as well as the multicultural community. She has contributed many volunteers hours with various charities, and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Award, which was awarded by the Rotary Club Newton.
Manjit is excited to be part of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, as she has a personal connection to the hospital where her two children and three grandchildren were born. She hopes to bring positive energy and contributions to the hospital in order to help it grow to be the best-equipped and staffed facility to meet the needs of Langley residents. Manjit enjoys travelling, writing poetry, reading novels and speanding time with her three grandchildren.
Kelly is a Senior Manager with the Langley office of BDO Canada LLP. With over thirty years of experience providing accounting and tax services to private company clients, Kelly works with business owners in the medical, retail, manufacturing, agriculture, real estate rental, and professional services industries.
Kelly has lived in Langley all her life and she and both her children were born in Langley Memorial Hospital. In fact, Kelly’s family has lived in Langley for five generations and she feels strongly about the importance of living, working, and giving back to our community. Kelly has volunteered as Treasurer with Soroptimist International of the Langleys, Chair of Bras For A Cause fundraisers, and mentor to new business entrepreneurs and CPA students.
Michael is an Investment Counsellor with RBC Phillips Hager North Investment Council/RBC Global Asset Management Inc and is the newest member of our Board of Directors.
As an Investment Counsellor and Portfolio Manager, Michael provides comprehensive discretionary investment management for individuals and their families, private companies, and not-for-profit organizations. Michael enjoys being active in his community through his membership with the CFA Institute and the Estate Planning Councils of both Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley.
Balraj has over 30 years experience in Construction Materials Engineering and Construction Management. He is currently serving as a Chairman of BM Group of Companies, who own a number of land development, construction, restoration and material supply businesses.
Balraj makes his home in Langley, where he lives with his wife and three children. He is passionate about respectful elderly care and timely medical services for society. He regularly supports a number of health service organizations and cares for Langley Memorial Hospital due to his personal experience with the care and treatment he has received for his family and extended family in the past. Balraj is looking forward to serving his tenure on the Board of Directors.
Doug is a family lawyer and has been a partner with the Langley law firm of CBM Lawyers since 2011. Doug and his family have been residents of Langley since 2009 where they have all had the good fortune of receiving first class care at Langley Memorial Hospital. Doug enjoys serving the residents of Langley through the provision of legal services to families and individuals going through a difficult time, as well as through his involvement with the Langley Sunrise Rotary Club and its various charitable endeavours. Doug is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation and assist with its mission to support the continued delivery of first class medical services to the residents of Langley.
Melanie Skidmore has worked in the South Fraser Health Authority since 2004, after receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She has taken on the role of Clinical Nurse Educator in the Surgical & Thoracic Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital after completing the High Acuity Nursing Specialty at BCIT along with additional education to support her leadership role.
Melanie has resided in Langley for the last five years with her family. She has been blessed with two young daughters and is proud of her new life as a career-driven mother. Even though she sees her children as her ultimate success, Melanie remains passionate and focused on achieving her ultimate goal of improving the overall health care system in BC. Throughout her 12 years of dedicated service, Melanie has made countless contributions to updating the health system by developing and implementing many site-based and regional development initiatives.
Melanie also serves as a representative of the Skidmore Family’s Jessoma Foundation, which prides itself in giving to many charities across the globe. This Foundation continues to be active in the Langley community and has just recently begun a new initiative of supporting hospital care throughout Vancouver. Melanie plays a key role in achieving this initiative and is very enthusiastic to serve this Foundation as it speaks directly to her interest of advancing the future of health care and improving quality patient care.
Dr. Leo Wong is a family physician who graduated from Queens University. Leo and his wife Flora (also a family physician) moved to Langley in 2002. They live here with their 4 children. Leo and Flora are supporters of the Vancouver Opera and have been attending and generously supporting our foundation and gala for a number of years.
Leo set up a full service family practice including seeing his patients within Langley Memorial and has previously served as the Department Head of Family Practice. He leads St. Luke Family Practice in downtown Langley and services a diverse group of patients from babies, young families, mental health substance use, seniors, residential care and palliative care.
Leo is a peer mentor for the practice support program and for information technology throughout the province. Leo also serves as a preceptor for residents and medical students and as as supervisor for International Medical Graduates.
Leo has volunteered to provide community talks on health care, welcome new immigrants and has supported the BC Summer Games and BC Seniors Games. Last year, Leo won the BC Community Family Physician Award. Leo exemplifies what being a family physician is all about- caring for his patients and his community.
Leo has served for 6 years on the Langley Division of Family Practice Board as the Secretary, Treasurer and Chair and has excellent governance and leadership experience.
Eric, the President of the Fort Langley BIA and an investor within Fort Langley, is dedicated to the enhancement and viability of Fort Langley’s village core. With renovations, advocacy for badly needed capital projects, and new construction, Eric has been working to improve and revitalize Fort Langley’s village core for almost 10 years. Before he started investing in Fort Langley, Eric was an internet entrepreneur and software architect. He founded or co-founded multiple internet companies, self-starting in 1990 at the age of 18. Eric grew up in Langley City and graduated from Langley Senior Secondary in 1990.
Eric is the 1st Vice-President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, a Director of Tourism Langley, and serves on the Economic Development and Agriculture Advisory Committees of the Township of Langley.