Colleen O’Neil – Program Director
Colleen graduated as a registered nurse in 1972 and worked in N.B., N.S., Ontario and B.C. in many areas of medicine including obstetrics, emergency, surgical, operating room, pediatrics and geriatrics. From 1994 until 2006 Colleen worked as a Palliative Care Nurse at LGH, VGH and in the Bowen Community. Colleen retired from active nursing in 2006.
In 2012 Colleen and Diane Marshall worked together in an effort to improve access to health care on Bowen by writing a Bowen specific health resource guide and then developing a website with health and social service information. This small step led to opening the doors of the Caring Circle Health Resource Centre, where Colleen works as the Program Director for the Caring Circle Health and Wellness Society of Bowen Island. Caring Circle helps people access the information they need to live a safe and healthy life on Bowen and advocates for improved services on Bowen.
Colleen volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Cancer Connections” program as a peer counsellor and she sits on the Bowen Island Community Foundation Board.
Since moving to Bowen Island Colleen has been a very active volunteer with Family Place, BICS, IPS, Abbeyfield (Snug Cove House), Seniors Keeping Young, Theatre on the Isle, local municipality committees, and political advocacy work. Many years ago she also worked as a public relations consultant with Burson-Marsteller and worked as a professional actress in Ontario, Saskatchewan and B.C. When not working in the health sector, Colleen spends much of her leisure time playing and promoting the game of golf!
She and her husband Peter raised their two children, Jake and Kathleen Moir, on Bowen.