Don Dempson – Campaign Chair

After a 26-year career with Kodak Canada in the Corporate, Marketing and Management areas, Don moved to Calgary in 1997. There, he spent the next ten years working in senior management with a business consulting company, the Calgary Olympic Development Association and as president of the Calgary Tower. He moved to Vancouver Island in 2008 and is deeply involved and committed to the Oceanside community.
Don has been a Board member with Calgary’s Olympic Downtown Development Association and Calgary Tourism, and is still a very active member of the Calgary Stampede’s Rodeo committee.  He is also on the executive of the Nanaimo North Rotary Club, Northwest Bay Probus Club, serves on the Board of Oceanside’s Classical Concerts, was a Board member with the Society of Organized Services in Parksville for eight years and was on the steering committee of Nanaimo Tourism through Economic Development.
Don is a firm believer in volunteerism, giving back to the community and paying it forward.  His adage is “get involved, get engaged, make something great happen.”



Mike Cochrane

Mike was born in Powell River and completed grade school in Port Alberni. He moved to Ontario to attend university and worked in the grocery industry. He opened New Leaf Whole Foods in Parksville in 1980 and started a family, having a girl and two boys. He was on the Oceanside Youth Soccer Board where he was president from 1996 to 2014. He was also on the Baseball Board and co-founded the District 69 Sports Council. His aunt (SOS co-founder Edith Chamberlayne) convinced him to join the SOS Board in 1986 which he continued with for 10 years. Mike closed his food store in 2014 and now works in renovation and home maintenance. He enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren and his family.



Dawn House

Several decades ago, Dawn lived in Errington and managed a Children’s Summer Day Camp at the Errington Hall. She returned to the area in 2017 with her husband and both of their mothers. In the intervening period, she practiced law in Smithers, and in Victoria for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Dawn has served on several boards including the Oak Bay Police Board and the South Vancouver Island Family Planning Society. She volunteers as a public member on the Quality Assurance Committee of the College of Occupational Therapists and as an Ad-Hoc member of the Strategy, Vison and Values Committee at SOS. Dawn has also recently become the President of the Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society. Dawn looks forward to continuing her work with SOS in serving our community. She was elected to the Board in 2021.




Josias (Jo) Dunn

After a 34-year career in management with B.C.Tel/Telus, Jo and his wife retired and moved to the Island. As a current SOS Board member and Project Rebuild Campaign team member, Jo brings a wealth of business and marketing experience to the organization and the campaign. A passionate volunteer, Jo’s  time and talent has benefitted the Rotary Club of Parksville for the past 14 years, now as Past President and International Chair as well as many other professional and community organizations.




Andrea (Andy) Manson

Andy relocated to beautiful Parksville having recently retired from her 30-year career operating a successful private nursing business in the lower mainland.  She believes in the importance of volunteerism and giving back to her community, which she defines in the larger sense.  Here community includes her professional community, the community where she lives and the community of the charitable sector.  As a current SOS Project Rebuild Campaign Team member, and newcomer to the region, she brings her varied experience and “superpowers” to the community – that of “fresh” eyes, a sense of curiosity, a willingness to learn, to work hard, and a sense of humour.






Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson’s career and volunteer work has focused on empowering people to lead independent and healthy lifestyles. She has worked in the management of large, rural extension programs, as a lecturer and curriculum developer for Home Support Worker and Gerontology certificate programs at the community college level, and as a secondary school nutrition teacher. She was involved in the startup of a rural Meals on Wheels service and an urban Community Kitchen. She has participated on numerous committees including a Regional Home Care Program, an Independent Living Centre, an Interfaith Counselling Centre, and a provincial Homemaker Service. Anne was elected to the SOS Board in June, 2019.