Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected by the members of the Mennonite Benevolent Society at their Annual General Meeting.

The MBS Board is comprised of twelve men and women from Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, representing a wide range of distinguished careers in business, management, academia, public service, medicine, education and the social sciences.

With a pervading sense of faith in God, compassion for our residents, and respect for each other and the staff, the Board of Directors is committed to the vision that began in 1953 of providing long term care and housing—and to keep growing in our capacity to do so.

Directors for 2017/2018

  • Gerd Bartel, President, Delta
  • Sylvia Robertson, Vice-President, Chilliwack
  • Jake Barkman, Abbotsford
  • Robin Caldwell, Chilliwack
  • Arnie Friesen, Abbotsford
  • Catherine Kidd, Surrey
  • Deanna Klassen, Abbotsford
  • Laura Loewen, Abbotsford
  • Rudy Klassen, Chilliwack
  • Mark Rempel, Chilliwack
  • Gary Schellenberg, Abbotsford
  • Jay Teichroeb, Abbotsford
  • Ron Van Wyk, Chilliwack

Gerd Bartel

President & Board Chair

gerd-bartelGerd is retired from a rewarding career in Education, having spent most of his 33 years teaching and leading a High School Mathematics  Department.  He has always been involved on Church, Conference and non-profit societies as a member of a board or in the leadership of a Board.  He has been the Vice-Moderator of  Mennonite Church Canada and the Moderator of Mennonite Church British Columbia.  Gerd has also had extensive experience in fundraising and  development and is presently a part time consulting Development Director for Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia.

Sylvia Robertson, OT

Vice-President & Vice-Chair

Sylvia Robertson is an Occupational Therapist from Chilliwack, serving seniors in Residential Care for more than 25 years. She has been involved in her Mennonite Brethren Church and active in outdoor activities.