2022 – 2023 Board of Directors – Parkinson Senior Society
Corrinne joined the Parkinson Senior Society in June of 2014 as Administrator and was promoted to the title of Executive Director in October of 2014.
She is responsible for the overall Administration and Financial Management of the Society. She comes with an extensive background in Not For Profit Organization administration and volunteer coordination.
Corrinne was educated in Newfoundland and moved to Kelowna in 1999 with her
husband Roger, son Ryan & daughter Kelsey.
Corrinne has an open door management style here at the Senior Centre and welcomes all members to reach out via email with any comments, suggestions, questions etc.
Stop by her office or send her an email at
Wendy was born and raised in Alberta before moving to Vancouver in 1980.
She had a long career as a clinical Radiation Therapist and manager with both Alberta Health Services and the BC Cancer Agency.
Wendy moved to Kelowna with her husband Andy and children Michael and Emma in 1998 when the Centre for the Southern Interior opened here.
Wendy became involved with the society as a front desk volunteer in April 2018. She enjoys the energy around the Centre and talking with the members.
Wendy was pleased to be asked to serve on the Board and is looking forward to contributing however she can. She also serves on the Let’s Play Bridge Club Board.
In her spare time she likes to travel, play bridge, garden, read and cycle.
Martyn was born in Wales, and emigrated to Canada from the UK in 1965. He landed in Quebec but found his way to Vancouver where he worked for two years before spending the next two years travelling to NZ, Australia, Asia and Europe.
Martyn returned to Vancouver in late 1970. He and his wife Lyndsay (who is from New Zealand) were married in 1971 in Vancouver, and moved to Kelowna in July, 1981 with their son.
Martyn was employed by BC Tree Fruits Kelowna in sales for 23 years before retiring in 2004. They then moved to HongKong, then to Thailand where they bought a condo in Pattaya and travelled throughout Asia, NZ, Britain and Europe for the next 9 years, using Thailand as their home base.
In 2010 they started a cycle of six months in Canada and 6 months in Thailand before returning to Kelowna full time in 2013.
Martyn was President of the Kelowna Running Club for three years in the 1980’s and has been involved with the Parkinson Senior Society since his return.
Along with his position on the Board of Directors, Martyn volunteers in the society kitchen once a week and is one of the leaders of our weekly hiking group.
John was born and raised in Kelowna. He enjoyed a very successful 45 year career in the concrete industry where he held executive positions within his company and on industry boards around the province.
John has a very visible presence at the Centre where he has been a member for 15 years.
John recently served as 1st Vice President on the board until becoming President
in September of 2017.
He enjoys pool/billiards, cribbage, golf and spending time with his precious granddaughters. John is an extremely
dedicated volunteer and we so lucky to have him on our team.
Bistro - Chef
Mark was born and raised in Kelowna. Now at the age of 45 he is married to his lovely wife, Anne Marie, and together they have a beautiful 6 month old girl named Lily. The whole family is regularly at the Bistro which has been re-christened in her name – Lily’s Bistro.
In addition to being the Chef at the Bistro, he is also the Executive Chef of Summerwood Retirement Resort, part of the Regency Group of Retirement Resorts where he has been for 3 years. Prior to that he was the Executive Chef at Southwood Retirement Resort in Penticton for 5 years.
He has been a Red Seal Certified Chef for 20 years having completed his training at Okanagan University College. Yet has been cooking for almost 30. His first job in the restaurant industry at age 15 was as a dishwasher at PJ’s Allstar Cafe in Orchard Park Mall. Since then he has worked at Turtle Bay Pub in Lake Country, Doc Willoughby’s, Sturgeon Hall/Bordello’s Pizzeria, and Illichmann’s Deli.
He is looking forward to this new opportunity as well as meeting new people and sharing all he has to offer with the Centre.
1st Vice President
Sonja is 63 years young and has lived in Kelowna for the past 19 years. She is a retired Notary Public but currently manages a commercial real estate and property management company.
Sonja joined the Society in 2011 and is actively involved in the various fitness programs offered at the Centre (aerobics, hiking, yoga) as well as being the “pancake flipper” at the monthly Pancake Breakfast.
In her spare time Sonja is an avid quilter and gardener.
Jane was born in Penticton and has been calling the Okanagan home for 50 years.
After graduating in 1969 from the nursing program at Vancouver General Hospital, Jane started her career as a Registered Nurse in Kelowna. After a few years, she transitioned from the hospital to supporting Doctors in their family practices and was a long-time employee of the Underhill and Glen Valley medical clinics. Jane recently retired after a fulfilling 44-year career and enjoys spending her free time exploring all that the Okanagan has to offer.
Jane enjoys walking with friends along the waterfronts here in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, or on the streets of her local neighbourhood of Glenmore where she lives with her husband of 41 years. She participates in many activities hosted by the senior centre and is fond of the new friendships she has made there. When not at the centre or out exploring with friends, Jane is likely visiting with her children or two grandchildren.
Jane was pleased to be asked to join the Board of Directors as she deeply enjoys the sense of community and friendship cultivated by the employees, volunteers, and participants.
Administrative Assistant / Reception
Jo, as she is most commonly known, has lived in the Okanagan since 1984. It is here that she met her teenage sweetheart, Pat, who she is still very happy with to this day. Together they have raised a son, Mitchell, who also lives in Kelowna as do many other of their family members.
Prior to being with The Centre Jo was a Real Estate Assistant for 7 years, spent over 10 years in business management and customer service, and provided daycare, as well as having completed with honors both the Human Service Worker and Business Administrative Assistant programs Okanagan College.
All of which provides her the combined skills to efficiently manage all the administrative tasks required in this fast paced environment while effectively dealing with a diverse clientele in a consistently thoughtful and honest manner.
And as anyone who has either spoken with or met her can attest to – she is quick to offer a smile and a laugh as well as provide you the information you’re seeking and attention you deserve.
2nd Vice President
Linda enjoyed a 30 year career in leadership with a large, member based
After retirement she moved to Kelowna where one of her first stops was the Parkinson Activity Centre.
Having met some wonderful people, Linda agreed to a volunteer position on our front desk where she quickly enjoyed a first name basis relationship with many of our members.
Linda is honoured to serve as a Board Member with PSS and has brought with her a customer focused experience in managing various business lines and in serving on community based boards.
Linda enjoys exercise classes, Pickle Ball,
travelling with her husband and spending time with her kids and grand
Donna retired from her position at Kelowna General Hospital after a long
and successful 32 year career. She has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Donna serves on 3 separate boards here in the City of Kelowna and is currently on her second term with the PSS Board.
Donna has a permanent smile and thoroughly enjoys her time here at the centre where she has made many beautiful friendships.
She enjoys the daily exercise classes, the adventures of our Travel Club and the opportunities to meet new people and learn new things at our many informational opportunities.
Donna is motivated by her desire to ensure our Society can continue to make a difference in the lives of Seniors in our community.
Terry retired 2 years ago from an 18 year career as a District Sales Manager for the Southern Alberta and BC area.
Born and raised in Alberta, Terry served several community service groups and was a Town Councillor for 12 years prior to moving to Kelowna.
Terry is very active here at the centre
where he can always be relied on to help with pretty much any task we require of
He enjoys Gardening, Motor Bike riding, playing Cribbage and Pool and
reading. He has been married to his lovely wife Barbara for 48 years and
is enjoying their retirement years.
Terry is currently serving his first term as a PSS Board member and we are delighted to has decided to join us.
Kathy is 70 years young, the eldest of 11 children, having immigrated to Canada with her family in 1962. Today she has a very full life including her wonderful husband, Randy; 2 sons, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson.
Prior to retirement and joining the Centre in 2017 she worked as a sales representative with Western Professional Communications, a Super Host for The Festival of The Arts, and even went back to school at the age of 40 to become a Community Health Worker.
She has a passion for and finds great fulfillment in volunteering and has done so with the Pet Program in the Prince George Hospital, the Terry Fox Run, as a Kelowna Hostess, as well as within our very own Bistro and at the pancake breakfasts. As a Member she enjoys not only the social aspect of the Centre but regularly engaging in the Fitness, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga classes.
Beyond the Centre she is looking forward to continuing her travelling escapades with her husband just as soon as they’re able.