The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Vancouver Commandery
Meet Your New Knights and Dames
The 2007 Investiture witnessed the introduction of 13 new Knights and Dames to the Vancouver Commandery. The following is a brief description of each Aspirant. All Members are encouraged to extend a warm welcome to our new Knights and Dames.
Michael Bentley has been active in a wide range of community volunteering activities including coaching Kerrisdale soccer, his church and golf. He has assisted Family Services of Greater Vancouver and the Red Cross. As a master’s graduate of Stanford’s Business School, he now is President of an independent business consultancy firm.
Dr. Keith Chambers has been a physician involved in clinical care for over 30 years and is a medical researcher in clinical epidemiology (the study of health care delivery) with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and has also been involved in clinical trials involving cancer prevention.
Howie Charters has been on the boards of many professional, community and charitable organizations in Vancouver. Most of his managerial and executive career was spent within the Public Service of Canada in fields relating to improving the urban environment and he is now with a leading international real estate services firm.
Alanna Donahue has been a community volunteer in various fields including palliative care. She worked at major fund-raising roles at UBC, Vancouver Foundation and as the founding Executive Director of the Vancouver Public Schools Foundation. She is now Director of Development at the BC’s Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Dr. David Hardwick has been an award winning Professor at UBC for over 40 years and was instrumental in founding the BC Children’s Hospital for which he received
UBC’s first ever Faculty Citation Award. developed the BC Transplant Society and was Chair of its Foundation.
Terry Holland has been active in many local community organizations from coaching minor league baseball and soccer, to chairing the Foundation of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver. He has served as a board member or chair of several corporate, community and charitable organizations.
James McGregor has had a lifetime of service to community, church and sports organizations that earned him last years Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Good Citizen of the Year award. Recently retired as Langley’s Fire and Rescue Chief, he now devotes time to his automotive tire service business and the Langley Christmas Bureau.
Anna Maria Nyarady had an extensive background as an Officer and Director of various publicly-traded companies and started her own financial consulting service to advise companies and family trusts in areas such as financial and succession planning. She has served as Chair of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Richmond Hospital Foundation.
Lynda-May O’Brien was a high school teacher in Vancouver before serving as a Commissioner on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. For the past dozen years she has been the President of her own strategic communications and revenue development company and
has assisted with organizations.
Kevin O’Neill has an extensive background of community and charitable involvement while he has been practicing law with a major firm in Vancouver. He was a Director and then President of the Board of Family Services of the North Shore for 10 years and also was a Governor and now is a Patron of Science World.
Richard Prokopanko obtained his second degree from UBC in Forest Management, which led him to work for a few major forestry companies before joining Alcan’s corporate affairs division. He has been active in the community through that company’s extensive annual corporate giving program and gave a major push to the 2010 Bid Committee.
Daniel Tidball started his career as an Okanagan radio host and then worked for a major company in Japan to learn exporting before joining Mitsui & Co’s management for 14 years in Vancouver. Currently he manages his family’s holding company and is the principal of a thoroughbred racing stable. He has studied our Order’s medieval history.
John Jennings worked in London’s City as an Investment Banker following receipt of a post-graduate degree from the London Business School and then returned to Canada almost 20 years ago. For the past 4 years he has been a senior investment banker with CIBC, and was Chair of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and active in WPO.