Emergency Program Committees

Emergency Program Executive Committee

The purpose of the Emergency Program Executive Committee (EPEC) is to provide oversight for and strategic direction to the Emergency Program. This committee is accountable to the municipal council, and makes recommendations with respect to preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters.


Councillor Sue Ellen Fast, Chair
Bill Hayes, Vice Chair
Brian Biddlecombe
Reidun van Kervel
Councillor Gary Ander
Councillor Maureen Nicholson
Kathy Lalonde, Chief Administrative Officer
Ian Thompson, Fire Chief
Jennifer McGowan, Emergency Program Coordinator

To contact all members of the Emergency Program Executive Committee, please email: epec@bimbc.ca.

To contact the Emergency Program Coordinator, please email: jmcgowan@bimbc.ca.

To contact the Emergency Social Services Director, please email: boweness@bimbc.ca.

Emergency Program Management Committee 

The Emergency Program Management Committee (EPMC) is accountable to the Emergency Program Executive Committee, and provides a comprehensive management for the emergency program. Specifically, the EPMC is responsible for: 

  1. Developing and implementing the emergency program and plans as directed by the Executive Committee
  2. On-going assessment of hazards, risks and vulnerability
  3. Evaluating progress of the emergency program annually
  4. Developing the annual strategic plan including recommending emergency program priorities, specifying procedures for implementation, budget and resource requirements
  5. Maintaining a staffing and support plan for the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
  6. Maintaining a training and exercise program


Jennifer McGowan, Emergency Program Coordinator, Chair
Sophie Idsinga, Communications Coordinator, Vice Chair
Kathy Lalonde, Chief Administrative Officer
Bonny Brokenshire, Manager of Parks and Environment, Senior Bylaw Officer
Hope Dallas, Deputy Corporate Officer (on leave)
Bob Robinson, Superintendent of Public Works
Tess Taylor, Bylaw Services Officer
Ian Thompson, Fire Chief
Manager of Finance (vacant) 
Carolyn McDonald, Director, Emergency Social Services Director 
Bruce Steele, Emergency Communications Team Director
Robyn Fenton, Neighbourhood Emergency Response Persons Coordinator 
Paulo Arreaga, Corporal, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

External Stakeholders (non-voting members): 

Denise Richard, Neighbourhood Emergency Response Persons
Brian Koster, Regional Manager, Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC)
Sheree Haydu, Manager, Metro Coast, British Columbia Ambulance Service
Scott Slater, Principal, Bowen Island Community School
Rod Tulett, Emergency Coordinator, Local Assistant Fire Commissioner, Metro Vancouver
Scott Kesteloot, Horseshoe Bay Terminal Manager, BC Ferries
Conn Breaky, Unit Chief, Coastal District, British Columbia Ambulance Service

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