The People

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. She has worked as a health navigator at the Caring Circle Resource Centre since 2014.

Colleen is also Vice Chair of the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation and for the past 6 years has been working diligently to build a Community Health Centre on Bowen. The anticipated opening will be in 2023.

Since moving to Bowen in 1988, Colleen has been a volunteer for many organizations including Family Place, BICS, IPS, Snug Cove House, Seniors Keeping Young Society, 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.

Board of Directors

maureen witneyMaureen Witney – Chair

Maureen, with a Masters in Library & Information Science, served as Head Librarian and Systems Librarian at Capilano University. She has worked extensively on University and Province wide committees promoting and implementing resource sharing across BC. Having lived on Bowen for 23 years, Maureen has served on the Island Pacific School Board for 4 years, 2 as Chair. She has long been involved with promoting composting on Bowen, and was a member of the Municipality’s Solid Waste Management Resource Advisory Committee.

One reason for Maureen’s keen interest in the Caring Circle comes from her experience of the incredible services provided by Vancouver Island Health Authority that enabled her father to gently die in the peacefulness of his home. She envisions that one day there will be a similar support system on Bowen.

Stephen KiralyStephen Kiraly – Director

MD, FRCPC.Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kiraly works with the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He’s the founding author of “The Healthy Brain Program” and the book “Your Healthy Brain” written and produced on Bowen Island.

His special interests include psychoneuroendocrinology – how stress, brain cycles and hormones affect health and disease and Community and Preventive Medicine (wellness of the community).

Merewyn Hines – Director/Web Support

Maureen Mackey – Director

Jason Zahara – Director