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.


BOARD vice chair
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.


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.


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.

scott austin

BOARD director

Scott was born in Summerland and lives in the community with his wife Susy. They have two children and two grandchildren. Scott obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Geography) from UBC but found his calling in horticulture, starting in 1984. He was nursery manager at Art Knapp’s and then GardenWorks in Penticton for 35 years. During that time he hosted a weekly call-in radio show, Garden Talk, and wrote a gardening column for the Penticton Herald for 25 years. In 2013 he published his book ‘Sun, Sage and Sagebrush – Lessons from an Okanagan Garden.’

Scott has a long association with the OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre, dating back 30 years when his son was born at 29 weeks at BC Children’s Hospital. He was followed up for a year by the team at OSNS. His granddaughter Sophie is now a regular visitor to the Centre, receiving occupational and speech therapy. Scott has worked with the children in the vegetable garden beds at the Centre for many years and is a passionate supporter of the people and programs of OSNS.

Scott retired from the garden centre business in 2023 but continues his involvement in horticulture in a volunteer role. He also enjoys cycling, cheering for the Canucks and Vees, exploring the world of wine and teaching gardening skills to his grandchildren.



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 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, England, Age Concern New Zealand, and before relocating to Penticton, she worked 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 on the OSNS Legacy Foundation and to the financial security of the OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre. 

In her spare time, Megan loves spending time with her dog Luna and enjoying the beautiful surroundings the Okanagan has to offer.

Heather Miller

Executive Director, OSNS Child and youth development centre

As the Executive Director for the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre since March of 2023, Heather is grateful for the significant contributions of the Legacy Foundation Board in sustaining long-term stability for the organization’s services to the South Okanagan Similkameen communities. Working with this deeply caring board has enhanced Heather’s experience in public healthcare and childcare services.

Heather moved to Penticton from Saskatchewan in July of 2022 after 30 years of experience in child, youth and family service delivery. Heather has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, a Social Work Degree and a Sociology Degree.

Heather appreciates the everyday learning and connections she experiences with the extended OSNS family and community.