Board of Directors

Front row from the left side: Norm Louie; Ian Hayward; Dr. Andrew Eisen MD., FRCPC; Elizabeth Legge; Sheldon Cleaves; Gianpierro Denomme. Back row from the left side: Dr. Daniel Fok; Louise Gauthier; Ellen Mahoney; Donna Bartel; Dr. Elizabeth Bannerman; Julie MacCarthy; Jim Williams.


Elizabeth Legge


I am a retired lawyer and have been living in Vancouver since 1999. Prior to moving to Vancouver, I practised law in Alberta for 15 years.

Ian Hayward

Vice President and Member of Finance Committee

Ian Hayward is a lawyer who has been living and working in Vancouver since 1988. His practice has been exclusively in the field of civil litigation.

Norm Louie

Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Prior to retiring, Norm was the CFO for a major chain of supermarket stores in Western Canada.

Sheldon Cleaves

Immediate Past President

My involvement with ALS started 25 years ago, in 1997 when my mother (by adoption), was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 79 and passed away a short time later.

Gianpierro Denomme

Secretary and President, North Central Island Chapter

A graduate from Royal Roads University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies (2019), and is also an active volunteer with the ALS Society of BC.


Brad MacKenzie

Director and Chair of Advocacy Committee

Prior to exhibiting the first symptoms of ALS in 2016, at the age of 30, Brad MacKenzie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (Electrical Engineering).

Donna Bartel

Director, Member of Finance Committee, Advocacy Committee, and Coordinator of Move to Cure ALS – Vernon

Since her mom’s diagnosis in 1999, Donna has been involved with the ALS Society as an avid fund and awareness raiser for the Society.

Dr. Daniel Fok


My interest in treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) came during fellowship training in Neuromuscular Medicine at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine.

Dr. Elizabeth Bannerman

Director, Chair of Psychological Support Program and Chair of Patient Services Committee

Dr. Bannerman, Ph.D.; Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1278); Behavioural Health Care; Pronouns: She/her/hers, is a Registered Psychologist in the province of British Columbia.

Dr. Erik P. Pioro, MD, PhD


The newly appointed ALS BC Society Chair and Professor of Neurology at the UBC Department of Medicine.

Ellen Mahoney

Director, Support Group Facilitator in Victoria, Patient Services Coordinator Victoria, and Honourary Life Member

Ellen Mahoney infuses passion, creativity, energy, and fun into everything she does. Drawing on her extensive clinical background in health care, she brings a compassionate and genuine approach to everything she does.

Jim Williams

Director, Member of Advocacy Committee and Finance Committee and Honourary Life Member

Named for his grandfather, founder of Williams Moving & Storage, Jim is still leading the William’s Group into its 92nd year in 2021 as a property holding company.

Julie MacCarthy

Director and Member of Finance Committee

Julie was touched by ALS early in life, having lost her father John at age 3. Despite having only faint memories, Julie has felt his presence throughout her life.

Louise Gauthier

Director, Support Group Facilitator in Kelowna and Coordinator of Move to Cure ALS – Kelowna

I became involved with the ALS Society of BC in 2018 after loosing my Mum (Linda) to the disease. I witnessed first hand the value of what ALS BC does to help those living with ALS.

Honourary Life Directors:

Dr. Andrew Eisen MD., FRCPC

Director, Member of Advocacy Committee & Honourary Life Director

Dr. Andrew Eisen is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, and a Founder of ALSBC (1981), and has served on its Board of Directors for 40 years.

Dr. Charles Krieger

Honourary Life Director

Dr. Krieger is the Professor of Kinesiology at SFU. He is focused on a cure, or effective treatment for ALS. He frequently does neurological testing at the GF Strong ALS Clinic.

Honourary Life Members:

Honours an extraordinary volunteer contributing to the support of the ALS Community in BC and the Yukon for a period of not less than five years.

Kate Hall
Jean Pearman
John Pendray