INTRODUCING THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
GREG GREENSHIELDS; Chair
Greg is the owner of Life Support Assisted Living, a professional home medical equipment store in Parksville, B.C. Greg graduated from Concordia University and McGill University in Montreal. He worked as a trading and service manager for Scotiabank in the Scotia Capital division for eleven years in Toronto before coming to beautiful British Columbia with his family three years ago. He resides in Parksville with his wife Tracy, (co owner of Life Support), his daughter Amanda and their two sons James and Matthew. Greg is very excited to be a part of Access Oceanside Association and he strongly believes in universal accessibility and equal opportunity for all.
GERRY PRICE; Past President
Gerry grew up on Vancouver's North Shore and worked for 20 years in the Engineering & Operations of Capital Regional District on Saltspring Island. In 1995, he became a quadriplegic due to a workplace fall. He moved to Parksville in 2005 and owns a business entitled Adaptive Design Ventures www.mobilitymount.com which designs and manufactures adaptive devices for wheelchair users. He currently serves as Director on Spinal Cord Injury-BC, President of Accessible Wilderness Society, Advisory Design Panel with City of Parksville. Gerry is married to Evie and enjoys gardening and fishing.
GAIL HADFIELD; Secretary
Gail has been involved with accessibility committees in the Oceanside area since 2008, at which time she worked as Program Coordinator for Measuring Up Parksville, an initiative funded through 2010 Legacies Now. This led to working with Access Nanaimo from 2009 to 2012 but stayed involved with MUP through regional meetings. She rejoined MUP as Secretary in fall 2012 and saw it change and grow to become OAC Oceanside Accessibility Committee and now AOA Access Oceanside Association. Gail lives in Comox with her husband, Drew and daughters, Regan and Jordana and works in healthcare at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She is in the 4th year of her Bachelor of Social Work degree through UVic and is interested in: healthcare, community development, disabilities, and gerontology as practice interests. She is excited about the direction and passion of the Access Oceanside Association in promoting accessibility and inclusion in Oceanside and across the province.
MARC LEFEBRE; Mayor, City of Parksville
Marc is a graduate in Political Science from Loyola College (now Concordia University) and has a 30 year background and experience in Human Resources, Property Management, Marketing and Contract Negotiations. He is serving his 4th term on Parksville City Council and has been Council Liaison to the Access Oceanside Association since its inception in 2008. He is an experienced community builder and decision-maker with nearly three decades of experience in managing large budgets and working with diverse people and organizations. He brings a collaborative approach to working with others and believes by working together with a shared vision and common purpose we create the future we want.
REGAN MYERS; Member
Regan co-founded Mobility Accessible Parksville (MAP) in the 1990s and also served as Chairperson of the organization. Although MAP no longer exists, one of its contributions was to create the Parksville & Area Accessibility Guide. He lives in Qualicum Beach where he designs, builds and acts as general contractor and consultant for housing built on the standards of Universal Design. He became involved with Measuring Up in the hopes of helping foster increased accessibility in the areas of shopping, tourism, housing and others. www.AccessForAll.ca
BILL NEWFELD; Member
Born and raised in southern Ontario, Bill enjoys the serenity of the wilderness, both here in BC, and at his rustic cottage in Northern Ontario. An avid canoer, he is also starting to sport fish in the tidal waters of BC. Along the way, Bill contracted Muscular Sclerosis and now represents the MS Society on the AOA. Active as a first term Councillor in the City of Parksville, he thrives while being in a climate of change and creates learning opportunities wherever he can, especially when dramatic change can affect one's quality of life. My research background and willingness to try/experiment new and different approaches are things which I feel can contribute to doing things better.
ALBERT RUEL; Member
Albert is an EATI Super Navigator, helping people with disabilities access personal supports, a certified social service worker, passionate about learning, personal growth and helping people connect with their goals. Albert is very experienced in advocacy for people with visual impairments and rehabilitation. He holds a Social Service Worker Certificate and is committed to helping people connect with their needs. Most importantly, Albert is solution-focused, flexible, has a positive attitude and has a great sense of humour. Albert has been an active member since summer 2009.
RONINE SHARP; Member
Ronine represents persons with mental or cognitive issues like dementia. Some mental health issues differ from mobility but are equally important. Her passion for advocacy to maintain “Access for all” brought her to this association and keeps her engaged. Born and raised in British Columbia, Ronine is a lifetime registered nurse and has called Oceanside home for nearly 20 years. Active with 2 sons, 2 grandsons and numerous hobbies that include music, crafts, gardening and yoga. Contact me at www.memorynurse.ca
SCOTT TANNER; Councillor Liaison, Town of Qualicum Beach
Born and raised in Victoria, Scott attended University of Victoria and majored in Economics. He has been married to wife Annette for 40 years and has called Qualicum Beach home since 1974. Councillor Scott was first elected to Qualicum Beach Council in 1999 and has been active in the environmental community protecting rare and endangered ecosystems, such as the one we live in called the Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem. An owner/operator of a painting and decorating business since 1974, Councillor Tanner recognizes that living in a community with the oldest demographics in all of Canada, lead to specific needs.
JOYCE TYNERMAN; Member
Joyce emigrated from the UK in 1964 and worked as an RN in Saskatchewan, Victoria and on Salt Spring Island before moving to the Oceanside area in 1976. She was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration 11 years ago and has been legally vision-impaired for the past 5 years. She currently volunteers for the CNIB and is a member and former coordinator of the Qualicum Beach/Parksville Macular Degeneration Support Group.