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Board of Directors

HeadWay - Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre Society is governed by a Board of Directors and committees of the board who are interested in assisting through their personal and/or professional experience with epilepsy or Parkinson's.

If you have a strong desire to serve the agency through your personal commitment to good governance, fund development and fundraising, enjoy working with a team, are confident in carrying out volunteer projects that suit your personal or professional interests then please contact us about board membership.  Email Zuzanna Szkudlarek or call the office at 250-475-6677. 

2018/2019 Board Members

President: Andy Robinson
Andy joined the HeadWay Board in 2017 and was elected President in September 2018

He was born in England and moved to Vancouver Island in 1968 at age 12. He has a BA from UVic and an MA from the University of Western Ontario both in Economics. Now retired, Andy worked in the BC Public service for almost 34 years with brief stints at the federal Department of Finance and the Ministry of Finance in Vietnam.

For much of his career Andy provided advice to the provincial government on tax policy, including 13 years as the Director of Tax Policy and 3 years as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Tax Policy and several other policy areas. He concluded his career in the public service as Vice President of Policy and Legal Services at BC Assessment.

Andy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014 and has found the support offered by HeadWay extremely helpful in navigating the unexpected twists and turns as the disease progresses.

Andy served as President of Silver Threads for three years and gained valuable experience in the challenges associated with operating a charity.

Other interests include; skiing, bicycling, sailing and Scandinavian murder mysteries. 

 Vice-President: Tessa Hawkins

Tess Hawkins is a Policy Analyst with the Accessibility Secretariat (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction). She works across government and with the disability and business communities to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Prior to entering government in March 2016, Tess worked at Craigdarroch Castle and Point Ellice House in conservation and archival roles.

Tess received a Master of Arts from the University of Alberta in 2013. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Victoria in 2010 and a Library and Information Technology Diploma at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2006. Tess is the co-founder of the University of Alberta History in Art, Design, and Visual Arts Graduate Student Association. She has published original academic research and was the recipient of multiple scholarships as a Master’s candidate, including the Peter Foster Scholarship.
Tess has volunteered with numerous other non-profits including the Alberta Art Gallery and James Bay Community Project. She has previously served on the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum Conservation Committee.

In her personal life, she spends time walking her service dog along the Gorge, knitting, painting, and visiting with friends and family.

Treasurer: Reg Beniac

Reg has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of international experience leading teams in the design, build and implementation business operations, sales, accounting and financial systems. Reg consulted to a variety of private and public-sector organizations and ministries engaged in projects encompassing strategy development, system optimization, operational efficiency, executive leadership and service design. His experience included being the key architect in the design and implementation a US Banking and Capital Markets regulatory compliance management system, which included Singapore, United Kingdom and Australia. Further, Reg led the design and release of a key tax service initiative through a financial services retail network in Canada. 

Reg is a Adjunct Lecturer at the Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria, Victoria British Columbia) and a graduate supervisor for the Smith School of Business (Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario). He serves as a board member on local charities, a mentor to the UVic MBA mentorship program and is a key contributor to a locally based entrepreneurship society. Reg earned a degree in Economics from the University of Victoria, an MBA from the Smith School of Business as well as is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Secretary: Michael Shepherd 

Michael Shepherd, Q.C. joined the board in March 2018 and became its secretary in May 2018.    

Michael retired from a career with the BC public service at the end of January 2018, having spent over 30 years practicing law within the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General with a focus on solicitor’s services in the areas of financial, corporate and commercial law.   He was recognised with a Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2012 and has received a number of awards related to his public service career including a Premier’s legacy award in 2017.  

Michael believes strongly in community service and has served on a number of boards of charitable organizations over the years including the Our Place Society and Threshold Housing Society. He currently also sits on the board of The Canadian Heritage Arts Society which operates the Canadian College for the Performing Arts. 

Michael’s interests include reading, listening to quality music of all kinds, nature walks, pickle ball, lawn bowling, travelling, attending sporting events and the theatre, keeping in shape and just enjoying being retired.

Michael Groot

Michael is currently a master’s student at the Boston University School of Medicine, where he is writing a thesis and working as a Research Assistant in a pulmonary research lab. This role has allowed Michael to publish academic research in the field of pulmonology. Prior to these experiences, Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts.

Michael’s father lived with Parkinson’s disease for a 15-year period. Towards the later years of his illness, Michael’s family found HeadWay and the comforting and supportive environment that it created. Based on this positive experience, Michael joined HeadWay to use his personal experience with Parkinson’s to give back.

Over the past few years, Michael has volunteered at several sites including the Royal Jubilee Hospital and Our Place Society. At RJH, these positions included the emergency department, patient care center, and renal unit. At Our Place, Michael also helped with a range of different roles.

Personally, Michael enjoys activities such as marathon training and squash.

Jennifer Peaker

Jennifer is a capable, resourceful, and personable IT leader with over 20 years of experience in service delivery and project management in the areas of software design and development, user experience (UX) design, and service design. Her work centers on building relationships, facilitating effective communication and collaboration, creative problem solving, managing change, and removing roadblocks so that teams can be successful.

Carrie Elrick

Dr. Alexandre Henri-Bhargava

Zen Tharani

Ross Young