Board of Directors

Sherani Theophilus

Director – Chair

The daughter of a professor, Sherani grew up moving often, and as an adult has lived in many places across the country. She has also worked in a variety of industries. Sherani currently works in marketing and sales at the Times-Chronicle newspaper in Osoyoos. She has a long history of fundraising for charitable organizations. It was because of her personal and family experience with mental health, that she joined this board four years ago. She enjoys entertaining (pre-covid era), painting, interior design, dancing, and living near the beach, Although living in Vancouver for many years, she fell in love with Osoyoos on first sight and loves living in the Okanagan. She is passionate about the work of the Society, and proud to be part of this accomplished board.


John Hong

Director – Vice Chair & Information Technology

John has lived in the Okanagan since 2005 when his late wife convinced him to move here to retire. Not one to just sit around he soon picked up contracts and clients and now refers to himself as a Semi-Retired IT Consultant. He has for a number of years been an active member of Oliver’s Emergency Support Services team and was last deployed to assist at the evacuation centre during the Christie Mountain Fire of 2020. John is a competitive Badminton player and has travelled to play in local, provincial and international tournaments. This led him to joined the BC 55+ Games in 2013 as the Badminton Representative and for the last two years as the Zone President.


Joyce MacKenzie

Director – Secretary

I am very excited to be joining the board of the Wellness Centre. During my career on the IHA mental health team I appreciated the importance of the Peer Support Workers and the Family Support Group in providing a well rounded service. I look forward to supporting the ongoing development of this program. Since my retirement from IHA I have been working for Veterans Affairs Canada and am currently working from home. I have also been re-connecting with all of the great outdoor activities. Currently waiting for enough snow to go out snowshoeing.