Provincial Executive

Ken Pendergast, President

Ken Pendergast, BCGREA President

Ken Pendergast, BCGREA President

Born in Sylvan Lake Alberta, February 18th, 1945.

Two grown children, Trevor (wife Jennifer) and granddaughter Azure and Christina (husband Darren Ewasiuk).

Educated in Alberta and BC with diplomas in both Forest Technology and Public Administration.

Ken worked as an Air Force Policeman, a logger and truck driver prior to joining the BC Forest Service in 1965 as Compassman, progressing through the ranks of Forest Cruiser, Assistant Ranger, Deputy Ranger, Operations Manager and finally District Manager from 1984 to 1995.

In 1995 Ken was promoted to Regional Director of Forest Renewal BC in the Ominica-Peace Region of the province until he retired in 2000.

In 2000, Ken became a consultant for; “WoodLinks”; “BC Wood” and the “Central Interior Wood Processors Association” or “CIWPA” with responsibilities for assisting with the education, promotion, marketing and lobbying on behalf of the Value Added Industry in central and northern BC.

In 2003, Ken became the Environmental Manager for a major pipeline project in south eastern Russia for a three year period.

Since 2007, Ken has worked as a volunteer for many organizations in which he is affiliated.

Ken is currently 1st Vice Chair of the Prince George Branch #1600 of the BCGREA; Director for the Nechako Rotary Club; Director for the Prince George Council of Seniors; Director for the Prince George ATV Club; and First Aid Instructor with the Canadian Ski Patrol Program in Prince George.

Ken is an active Ski Patroller in both Nordic and Alpine Skiing on hills and trails around Prince George.

Ken has traveled extensively through eastern and western Canada, the Yukon, Alaska, western USA, Georgia and Florida, parts of England, France, Germany, Greece, China, Turkey and Egypt. He has spent extended vacations in Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia, including Tasmania.

Ken has been a Rotarian since 1985, functioning in the capacities of Director, Secretary, President and Past President of both the Fort St John and Prince George-Nechako Rotary Clubs.

Ken is currently an Assistant Governor of Rotary’s District 5040 in BC. Ken is the recipient of six Rotary Paul Harris Fellowships.

6985 Valleyview Drive, Prince George, BC V2K 4C6
T. 250-552-4770

Art Kaehn, 1st Vice-President

Art was born in Victoria and raised on Langford Lake. He moved to Hixon in 1980 and with wife Leslie raised two lovely daughters, Sarah and Emily and now have two growing rambunctious grandsons, Kevin and Jason. He enjoyed a 35 year plus career with the Provincial Government beginning in 1972 with the Inventory Branch of BC Forest Service travelling all over the Province. In 1979 he began work with Silviculture Branch in the Cariboo Regional Office and a year later moved to the Hixon Field Office. After several years he then took a position with the Lands Branch in Prince George where he finished his career in 2010.

Art started his career off as a BCGEU member and in the early 1990’s then became a PEA member. For many years now Art has had the privilege of serving as a Local Government Elected Official on behalf of the Woodpecker-Hixon residents within the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. During this time he has have been an active community volunteer and had the opportunity to serve in many local, regional and provincial executive capacities.

Upon retirement he became a Director with the Prince George Branch 1600. In the beginning he served on the telephoning committee and now has the pleasure of sharing the Retirement Seminars Portfolio with Vincent Sherry and Terry Burgess. Also, just recently was elected as 2nd Vice President with the Prince George Branch.

Art looks forward serving on the Provincial Executive and hopefully meeting many of you in this coming year.

PO Box 62, Hixon, BC V0K 1S0
T. 250-998-4432 or 250-612-9445<

Carrie Mulcahy, 2nd Vice-President

Carrie was born and raised in Victoria, B. C. where she attended UVic before moving to Montreal. After completing her nursing education at McGill University, Carrie worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital before moving to Ontario where she worked in Public Health Nursing. She then returned to her native province, where she worked at Victoria General Hospital.

Carrie worked in Public Health Nursing, and on a research project, at UBC. She then joined provincial Public Health Nursing where she worked first in Kitimat, followed by Nanaimo, Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Vernon, and Victoria.

Carrie then changed career focus somewhat when she moved to Campbell River where she worked for Island Health in Home and Community Health.

Prior to, and after retirement, Carrie has enjoyed travelling, where she has visited Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Bermuda, Mexico and Costa Rica. She has also travelled extensively in Canada (coast to coast) and the USA.

On retirement, Carrie joined the BCGREA and took on the Chair position of the Campbell River Branch for the next five years. For the next four years she was the Branch Secretary.

Carrie’s leisure time is spent watercolour painting (she is a member of the Pearl Ellis Art Gallery in Comox), reading, gardening, swimming, walking with her wonderful German Shepherd and friends.

Carrie is a member of the Campbell River Duplicate Bridge Club, and enjoys playing locally as well as travelling to play in bridge tournaments.

T. 250-923-7511

Sarjit Manhas, Past-President

Sarjit was born in Leechtown, near Sooke. She was raised and educated in Esquimalt and Victoria. Prior to joining the British Columbia Government in 1969, she traveled extensively through India and the Middle East (lived in the Sudan). Her service career for the first 23 years was with Ministers of Economic Development, Tourism, Agriculture & Food, Mining, Post Secondary Education and the Attorney General. Before retiring in 1996, she was the Briefing Coordinator for the Ministry of Health. On retirement, she immediately joined BCGREA and served on the Victoria Executive in various positions. She became Chair of the Branch in 2003.

Sarjit’s current volunteer service includes the Canadian Scottish Regimental Association due to her early Reserve military service with the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s). She is a member of Pioneer Co-operative Housing Association and is generous with her time on cooperative housing issues. She has also given service to the Royal British Columbia Museum (Gift Shop), the READ Society and the Greater Victoria Art Gallery. Sarjit strongly believes in public service and “giving back” to the community.

Her leisure time is spent reading spy thrillers, gardening, entertaining, working out, decorating and creating pieces of stained glass art.

She is divorced and has one son.

1006 McCaskill Street, Victoria, BC V9A 4B9
T. 250-384-9278

Kathy Torhjelm, Secretary

I completed a BA in Psychology and Sociology in 1962 at Victoria College (affiliated to UBC). I married my husband Charles that year and was fortunate to be able to stay at home for 25 years while we raised our four children. True Vancouver Islanders, I was born and brought up in Port Alberni and Charles was born in Ladysmith. During our 50+ years of marriage we have lived in Victoria, Duncan and now Nanaimo.

While I was at home I operated a licensed family child care and advocated for many years for quality child care and quality child care providers.

In 1989 I became a member of the BCGEU when I was hired by the Central Vancouver Island Health Unit to be a licensing officer, monitoring both child and adult care facilities in this region. Over the course of my employment I became a chief licensing officer for the Central Vancouver Health Region and a Supervisor of Licensing for the Vancouver Island Health Authority with responsibility for both Central and North Vancouver Island. It was truly a privilege to be able to contribute to this rewarding work.

I retired in February 2005 (on my 65th birthday) and joined the BCGREA and serve as the secretary of the Nanaimo/Mid-Island Branch #600. I am active in my community as a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Community Kitchens, Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes and Brechin United Church. In my spare time I enjoy walking, knitting, reading and visiting with our four amazing grandchildren.

945 Highview Terrace, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6K5
T. 250-753-5778

David Adams, Treasurer

I was born in England and grew up in India, where my father worked for the North Western Railway in the Punjab. With my brother we went to boarding school in Simla, in North India.

Following graduation, I accepted a job where I tasted teas and sold tea at auctions with a tea broking firm in Calcutta. For recreation I played golf and squash, and did some big-game hunting. In Britain and Europe I travelled with friends before moving to Ontario in 1959.

In Toronto I worked in industry and did the C.G.A. programme, graduating in 1966. While doing this I married and raised a family. After working in industry, I joined the faculty of Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology, where I taught finance and accounting subjects.

In 1975 I accepted a two-year assignment with the Canadian International Development Agency, as Controller of the Lesotho National Development Agency in Southern Africa.

After my return to the College for an additional year of teaching, I joined the Office of the Comptroller General, Ministry of Finance in Victoria. A year later I won a competition to the Ministry of Education as Director of Post Secondary Finance.

My son and family live in Grand Prairie, Alberta with two grandsons. My younger daughter works for Veterans Affairs in the Okanagan, and the older one lives quietly in Calgary.

In 1991, I left the Public Sector and worked in consulting for a few years. My life changed for me in 1992 and I moved to the Cowichan Valley, where I have volunteered with several groups. During this time I was fortunate to meet Jerry in Cobble Hill, and have enjoyed meeting many members of her large family. Finally, with Neil Robertson and a few other retirees, we started our latest Branch in Duncan, where I have been Treasurer since inception. I have also been a member of our Finance Committee and an Examiner for the past few years.

#38 – 5951 Lakes Road , Duncan, BC V9L 4R9
T. 250-746-4236

Nancy Stewart , Membership Secretary

Nancy arrived in Victoria BC from Ontario in May 1974 with three children. Looking forward to better career opportunities hoping for a more moderate climate weather wise. After a couple of no future positions in the private sector she decided she wanted to work in the Public Sector. In June 1977 she started her first of three Auxiliary positions the last one with Forestry where she became permanent in February 1978 retiring in September 2003.

Soon after becoming a member of BCGREA she took on the volunteer job of phoning members to advise them of meeting information. Next came the volunteer job of overseeing the Phone Committee and then the Membership. Volunteering has been one of the many adventures before during and after retirement Nancy has enjoyed. She is looking forward to meeting and working for our members around the Province in the BCGREA.

#307-4701 Uplands Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 5Y2
T. 250-751-0540

Lawrence Johnson, Trustee, BC Public Service Pension Board of Trustees

I moved to British Columbia from Alberta in 1960 and completed high school in Dawson Creek. I worked for a short period of time for the Alberta Wheat Pool before joining the British Columbia Forest Service on June 28th, 1965. I started as a junior compass-man cruising timber in Prince George. I was also stationed in Dawson Creek, Stony Lake, and Quesnel, and completed my career 36 years later in Prince George on August 31st, 2001. I joined the B.C.G.R.E.A. Branch #1600 as soon as I retired. During my working life, I was active in the B.C.G.E.U. and held many positions, including Component Chairperson and member of the Master Bargaining Committee. My community involvement included serving on the Board of Directors of the Prince George and District United Way for almost 15 years and also a member of the Executive Board of the Prince George Alcohol and Drug Services Society for 5 years. I now serve as a Trustee of the Public Service Pension Board.

My wife Gloria and I moved to Nanaimo in 2002 to be closer to our grandchildren and warmer winters. We enjoy travelling (especially cruising) walking, hiking, and gardening. I enjoy playing bridge and belong to two bridge clubs. We joined the B.C.G.R.E.A., Nanaimo/Mid-Island Branch upon moving to Nanaimo, and I was elected Chairperson in September, 2003. Besides being members of the B.C.G.R.E.A., we are members of the Probus Club of Lantzville. I volunteer at Income Tax time for Bowen Park Seniors and for Loaves and Fishes organizations. Gloria and I have been married for 35 years and have two grown children, and two grandchildren, our married daughter lives in Lantzville, and our son lives in Calgary.

178 Ocean Walk Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9V 1N2
T. 250-760-0113, F. 250-729-0694

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