Mark is one of the founding board members on the OSNS Foundation board and has been involved with numerous initiatives helping support OSNS, including the Wildstone Colours 4 Kids Run and the Keith Relief Playcourt projects.
His board experience includes roles with the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, the Penticton Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA), The Mining Suppliers Association of BC (MSABC) and the BC Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).
As President of Wildstone Construction Group, Mark oversees construction operations/services in western and northern Canada for Wildstone. Wildstone is a diversified organization with holdings in construction, real estate, concrete, civil and environmental.
BOARD VICE CHAIR
Bernice is a graduate of Penticton Secondary School. She obtained a BA (History) and Diploma in Art History from UBC, then an LLB from UVIC. After practicing in Vancouver with a large firm, she returned to her home-town of Penticton, where for the last twenty years she has had a solo general solicitor’s practice, focusing on corporate, commercial and estate planning and administration matters, from which she retired recently.
Bernice was a board director of the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre many years ago and is delighted to return to the fold to assist with the establishment of the OSNS Legacy Foundation. She has been a director and the president of the Penticton Secondary Schools Bursary and Scholarship Foundation for twenty years. She has also been a director of Penticton and Area Cooperative Enterprise (PACE) for several years. PACE is a social enterprise that seeks to empower individuals with mental health barriers through employment.
Peter is a partner with Grant Thornton LLP (Canada), which is an international accounting firm. He holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CA legacy) designation as well as the Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) designation. He specializes in assisting privately owned business with the numerous business and tax issues they face, both externally and internally.
Peter and his family moved to the Okanagan from Ontario in 1996. They have come to enjoy the many outdoor activities that the Okanagan Valley has to offer, which include cycling, mountain biking and all kinds of skiing. He and his wife still marvel at the beauty of Penticton and the surrounding area.
DR. KATHY GROSS
Kathy joined the OSNS Foundation Board in March 2020. Kathy practiced as a Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Rheumatologist at Penticton Regional Hospital from 1990 until retirement in 2019. Kathy provided consultation services to OSNS throughout her career and valued the habilitation services that were available for her patients. Her daughters attended the Kinderplace preschool program learning compassion for children with developmental disabilities.
Administrative experience includes being Department Head of Paediatrics and serving on the Medical Advisory Committee at Penticton Regional Hospital. Kathy served on the OSNS Board of Directors from 2014 to 2019. She was a Director on the BC Pediatric Society Board from 2014 to 2019. Volunteer experience includes two Rotary trips overseas in Ethiopia helping patients undergoing plastic surgery for cleft palate disorders and burn scarring.
In retirement Kathy is enjoying travel, exploring art and playing racket sports in the beautiful Okanagan.
Patt has lived in the Okanagan Valley since 1980. She and her husband Ron moved to Naramata to escape the crazy pace of life in the Lower Mainland. Together, Patt and Ron operated the Country Squire Restaurant in Naramata for 23 years. They welcomed tourists and locals to a fine dining experience in a heritage house, mere steps from Okanagan Lake. In 2000, they founded Cannery Brewing and began a new journey focused on craft beer well before the term craft beer became a thing.
Patt is committed to building relationships throughout the community: with customers, suppliers, charitable organizations, partners in the Arts and the growing Cannery Brewing team and their families. She is a long-time board member of the Naramata Community Fund Society. Outside of her day-to-day passion for running Cannery Brewing, Patt enjoys singing with the Naramata Community Choir, hiking the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, and spending time with her family.
DR. GURPAL BUTTAR
Gurpal grew up in Penticton. His post-secondary education includes time at UBC, the University of Manitoba and McGill University. While abroad, he always knew he would return to the Okanagan and has been practicing as a board-certified Periodontist in Penticton for almost 10 years. He has a special interest in child development and is involved with coaching junior tennis and hockey.
Gurpal’s wife, Caroline, is a Pediatric dentist and specializes in the treatment of children with behaviour and developmental challenges. They have two lovely children, Zoe and William, and look forward to raising them in this beautiful community.
Executive Director, OSNS Child and youth development centre
As Executive Director of The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre, Manisha has the ever interesting role of operational oversight at the Centre. A believer in the important struggle to focus on what matters, Manisha has spent many years on pediatric treatment teams – working to build strong kids. Fond of – literally – all children, she feels a particular bond with children who have short attention spans.
Manisha has spent the recent years of her career in leadership roles both abroad and in Canada. Her areas of focus include curriculum accessibility for children with learning differences, transdisciplinary clinical care, and organizational energy improvement in health care settings. She is originally a developmental speech-language pathologist.
In her current role, Manisha is once again grateful to be part of a purpose much bigger than herself. Manisha loves great words, audaciously innovative ideas, her family, guitar riffs and the smell of expresso. Not always in that order.
PHILANTHROPY ASSOCIATE, OSNS LEGACY FOUNDATION
Originally from Penticton, Megan spent several years studying and living in Toronto, as well as some time working abroad. She is happy to be back home in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, she completed the Fundraising Management post-graduate program at Humber College in Toronto in 2015 and has since been working in the non-profit sector. She has held roles with the Mental Health Foundation in London UK, Age Concern New Zealand, and most recently with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver. With her knowledge and experience in fundraising and relationship management, Megan hopes to make a meaningful impact to the OSNS Legacy Foundation.
In her spare time, Megan loves taking long walks along Okanagan Lake with her dog Luna, doing yoga, and spending time at Apex during the winter season.