Team and Board Members

Meet the Team and Board Members Behind Tabor

Leadership Team

Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE
Executive Director, Tabor Village

Dan Levitt is the Executive Director of Tabor Village where he shepherds the enhancement of social, spiritual, and care needs for nearly 300 seniors. Leading a team of over 400 employees and volunteers, Dan inspires them with a commitment to continuously improving the quality of life at the campus of care. Dan is an Adjunct Professor teaching Long Term Care Administration in the Gerontology Diploma Program at Simon Fraser University.

Dan has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology, UBC; a Masters of Science (MSc), with a specialization in retirement and long-term care administration, University of North Texas; a Certificate in Fundraising, BCIT and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. 

After summiting Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011 to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of BC, he joined the Board of Directors to help better serve the needs of individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and their families. He has published articles in academic, professional and trade publications and he has presented at regional, national and international conferences.

Dan is married to Lisa and together they have two daughters Dahlia and Aria.

Kate Tate
Director of Care, Tabor Village

Director of Care, Registered Nurse, leader of the care team, driving force of “Person-Centred Care”, and music aficionado. Kate oversees the nursing team, works closely with residents' families working to provide the best quality of life for their loved one, and daily works to actively implement the Tabor Home Society mandate of ‘Care from the Heart’ for residents, families, and staff alike.

When she’s not at work, you can be sure to hear The Beatles playing in the background while Kate dives into a good book.

Amanda van Tilborg
Director of Human Resources, Tabor Village

Director of Human Resources, animal enthusiast, and super mom. Amanda is the fearless leader of the HR team. She oversees team relations, and all HR operations – did we mention she does all this for the entire two campus, four building, 200+ employee village? Needless to say, Amanda plays a key part in keeping our village running and operating effectively.

In her spare time, you’ll find her with her family, running kids to their sports games, or helping out on the family farm.

Francisco Alvarenga
Food Services Coordinator, Tabor Court

Executive Chef, Francisco Alvarenga, is responsible for the efficient, high quality food service provided for Tenants of Tabor Court. Francisco ensures that meals prepared meet both Tenant needs, and conform to established facility standards, policies and procedures. 

Prior to joining Tabor Village, Francisco was an Executive Chef in various hotels and faith-based organizations inc. the Ramada Renaissance - Montreal, Willingdon Church - Burnaby and Young Life at Rock Ridge Camp. Francisco completed the 3-year Executive Chef Program at McGill University in 1984.

Vanessa Aparicio
Recreation Coordinator, Tabor Village

Leading a team of talented Recreation Aides, Vanessa plans, implements, and evaluates purposeful recreation and leisure, which improves Residents' well-being and overall quality of life. At the basis of all her Therapeutic Recreation Programming is the fundamental value of person-centered care.

Susanne Fehr
HR Manager, Tabor Village

Susanne chairs the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee at Tabor. With Susanne’s background in customer service, her goal is to serve Residents as personal Clients and to provide Care from the Heart. Susanne has been with Tabor Home since 2007. She has her Building Service Worker Certificate with WHMIS training and graduated with her Management Certificate at UFV.

When not at work you will find Susanne bike riding with her husband, traveling and creating family memories with her three adult children.

Al Gerbrand
Buildings & Grounds Manager, Tabor Village

Al oversees all maintenance for Tabor Village, with many items falling under his area of oversight, from equipment repair to making sure the lawns are cut. He ensures that all maintenance meets or exceeds established facility standards, policies, and procedures.

Before joining Tabor Village, Al spent 3 years at Blackwood Home Hardware, 8 years at Columbia Bible College as their Director of Facilities & Grounds, and 5 years in the mission field working as General Director of Children’s Haven International.

In 2008, Al received “Facilities Management Professional” designation from IFMA. Al is looking forward to a long and fruitful career at Tabor Village.

Ray Harris, M.C.S., M.Mus,, D.M.A.
Spiritual Care Coordinator, Tabor Village 

Ray serves Tabor Village residents, tenants, families and staff as Spiritual Care Coordinator, or Chaplain. Ray works with Chaplain Associates Lorraine Dick, Chris Thouthenhoofdt, and Rufus Loewen along with several volunteers to support a vibrant spiritual culture and presence at Tabor. Together they cultivate the faithful care of the Tabor community through morning prayers, Bible studies, worship services, and one on one visits, demonstrating the love of God and the faith perspective that guides the entire life of Tabor Village. 

Ray and his wife Corinne have lived in Abbotsford for 30 years and enjoy their family of three married children and seven grandchildren.

Gloria Moorhouse
Support Services Manager, Tabor Village

Gloria Moorhouse works collaboratively with Tabor’s Executive Chef, Francisco Alvarenga, to ensure the provision of exceptional food and service throughout Tabor Village.  Gloria’s goal is to provide home cooked, nutritious meals that both appeal to our resident population and contribute to their overall health. 

Gloria earned her Diploma in Nutrition Management from the Can. Healthcare Association in Ontario. 

Gloria and her husband Dennis live in Chilliwack. Together they enjoy travelling, camping, and spending time with their three daughters and two grandchildren.

Rhoda Wassing
Quality Coordinator and Care Advocate, Tabor Home / Valhaven 

Rhoda has worked at Tabor Village for over 5 years and brings 43 years of experience as an LPN in Acute Care, a Physician’s Office, Community nursing, and in Complex Care. 

Rhoda oversees the RAI-MDS process and participates on the Fraser Health Residential Care Services InterRAI Committee. She is the lead for Point Click Care, a documentation program and Surge Learning, our staff education program. 

When Rhoda is not busy at work, she enjoys spending time at home knitting, sewing, travelling with her spouse and enjoying her two grandchildren.

Ron Willms, CPA, CMA
Director of Finance & Administration, Tabor Village

Working with a team of hardworking and dedicated staff, Ron provides strategic financial leadership at Tabor Village including budgeting, payroll, AR/Trust, accounts payable, donations, the annual audit, and funding from Fraser Health Authority.

Ron has a B. Comm. in accounting, a M. Arts in business leadership, and a Bachelor in Christian Ministries.  In 2015, he completed the (CPCA)® Designation program.

Ron has lived in Chilliwack with his lovely wife, Beverly, together with their three children for more than 20 years.

Board of Directors

Victor J. Martens
Chairperson 

Victor J. Martens, member of Ross Road Community Church, serves as the Board Chair and on the Governance and QA & Safety Committees. A graduate of MBBI (now CBC) and UBC, Vic embarked on a career of training in food processing and agriculture at BCIT. He took early retirement after 32 years at BCIT in teaching and administration. As a Professional Agrologist, he is a consultant in food safety management systems and serves as volunteer advisor to projects for the Canadian Executive Services Organization. He leads small group studies and a volunteer choir in his church. He is married to Diane, a retired elementary school teacher, with two married sons.

Jake Konrad
Board Vice-Chair

Jake Konrad, member of Ross Road Community Church, serves on the Audit Finance and Long Range Planning Committees of THS as well as the board. His committee involvements have mainly been in building construction, renovation, maintenance and in finance. Jake graduated from UBC with a degree in Civil Engineering. After two years working for a soils and foundations engineering consulting firm, he started his own company building homes in Vancouver. Wanting to raise his family in the Fraser Valley where he and his wife Helen grew up, he moved to Abbotsford. His firm expanded to include land development, commercial, industrial and civil construction. Jake has served as president and director of the Fraser Valley Homebuilders’ Association, director of the New Home Warranty Program and director and chairperson of Tabor Home Society. Jake is married and has three sons and six grandchildren.

Hildegard Bandsmer

To bring joy to seniors is a passion for Hildegard. Her time on the  Board has provided rewarding opportunities for personal growth and service to promote excellence in elder care, and in governance.

A graduate of UBC (B.Ed.), Hildegard taught elementary classes with focus on special needs children, music, and art, then was Children’s Pastor at Central Heights. Governance experience came through executive positions on local, provincial and bi-national church boards.

Being retired gives Hildegard time for volunteering, keeping active, making music, and for spending time with husband Rudy, three children and their families. 

Sandra McGladdery

Sandra McGladdery photoSandra is a member at large and serves on the QA and Safety Committee and the Board. After more than 30 years as an RN, Sandra has a deep concern for the elderly and their families.

Sandra worked 10 years at Tabor Home where she advocated for Resident Centered Care. Sandra also worked in Health Sciences at UFV, coordinating Home Support/RCA and LPN programs. Sandra holds a BSN from UBC and a Diploma in Gerontology from SFU.

Sandra and her husband Bill enjoy living in the Fraser Valley where they attend Mountain View Evangelical Free church. They enjoy the outdoors and spending time with their 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Carl Durksen

Carl Durksen photoCarl graduated from UVic with a diploma in Public Administration in 1972. Carl was promoted to Director of Corrections Camps for 18 years with the Ministry of the Attorney General where he worked on life-changing programs. Carl served as school trustee for Maple Ridge from 1980 – 1985 and then City Councillor for Maple Ridge from 1988 – 1993 before becoming Mayor 1994 – 1999. During his time as Mayor, he established an Elderly Citizens’ Recreation Complex, a Youth and Justice Advisory Committee, created two ice arenas as well as a 43 acre sport field complex. He was a founding member of TransLink and Chair of West Coast Express from 1998 – 2000.

Carl’s life mission has been to serve God. He sees his work at Tabor Village as the next phase God has led him to.

Vic Spenst

Vic and his wife, Laverna, are members of Sevenoaks Alliance Church and share a large family of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His 50 years of church service included youth and music ministries. The past year included being on the Tabor Long Range Planning Committee and Board of Directors.  Vic served on the Board of Garden Park Towers, responsible for Building and Security.  He has 40 years of Construction Management overseeing all phases of construction that included projects for government and private sector clients and he is Gold Seal Certified with the Canadian Construction Association. 

WILLIAM BRAMWELL

Bill Bramwell is a member of Clearbrook MB Church where he is Treasurer. He has a degree from UBC in Psychology, Business, Finance, Law and Economics. His work has been as Comptroller in private companies as well as Director of Finance in government, (Ministry of Health, Aboriginal Health Policy Branch, etc), Contract Negotiation for private Mental Health Facilities and as a Tax Auditor.

He was on the Board of the Delta Community Foundation, the Abbotsford Restorative Justice Association and is Past President of the Ladner and Abbotsford Rotary and the Gideon Camp.

Bill and his wife Marilyn live in Abbotsford and have 2 children and 5 grandsons. They enjoy spending time with family and friends and being involved with their church family.

IMRAN DANIEL

Imran Daniel is a member of Northview Community church. He holds a BA and Hospitality Mgt. diploma as well as being a M. Div. candidate at Regent College. He speaks 4 languages, and coaches U17 boys soccer.

 

DEBORAH DICK

Debbie Dick is a member of Central Heights MB church. She is a retired Registered Nurse with a BCIT Nursing diploma and 35 years at Langley Memorial Hospital in acute & extended care. She is a leader for a women’s support group at Central Heights and has served on Tabor’s Quality & Safety Audit committee for the last year.