David A. McCall

(Chairman)

David was born and raised in Victoria and is a third generation funeral director. He started in the funeral profession in 1977 after graduating from the University of British Columbia with his Bachelor of Commerce Degree. David has been heavily involved with the Funeral Service Association Of BC and was instrumental in the passing of the BC provincial government’s Funeral Services Act. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, including five grandchildren, salmon fishing and golfing.

Trevor McCall

(President)

Trevor was born in Victoria, BC and graduated from Glenlyon Norfolk High School in 1998. He played Junior Hockey for the Victoria Salsa before receiving a hockey scholarship to Iona College in New York. Trevor graduated with honours from Iona College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance. He worked for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City for five years before coming home to join the family business in 2009. Trevor graduated with the highest overall academic performance in his class from the B.C. Funeral Apprenticeship Program.  He is extremely proud to represent the fourth generation of the McCall family to be involved in the family business. Trevor is married to Erin Rivelli of New York and together have three sons,  Callan, Grady and Owen.  Trevor was a Director of the Queenswood Montessori Society and is the current President of Family Business Association Vancouver Island.

 

Dean Freer

(General Manager)

Dean was born in Trail, British Columbia and raised in Victoria where he completed his high school education at Lambrick Park Secondary School. Starting his career with McCall’s in the fall of 1988, Dean received his professional training at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he graduated from the Mortuary Science program. In 1998, McCall’s built it’s second location, Sequoia Gardens, where Dean was promoted to Location Manager. Following in the footsteps of his retired mentor, Stuart Carrol, Dean now looks after the overall operations of the company as General Manager.

For many years Dean was an active member of the Saanich Police Reserve Program, Uplands Golf Club, Victoria Harbourside Rotary Club, Royal Canadian Legion and the Shawnigan Lake Fire Department where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. He now serves as Vice-Chair of the Shawnigan Improvement District. Some of his hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, golf and hockey. Dean is married and has two beautiful daughters.

Marilyn Webb

(Advanced Planning Specialist)

Marilyn was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. She studied Education with a focus on Psychology and Special Needs at the University of Calgary. Vancouver Island was a natural fit after living across Canada and wanting to return to island living. A life long learner, Marilyn is always excited to discover and learn something new. Passionate about helping people, she started working in the advance planning world over seventeen years ago with the goal of helping make things easier for families after the loss of a loved one. Grateful for her amazing family, Marilyn loves to spend time with them exploring nature and the simple things in life.

Craig McCall Williams

( Manager of Advanced Planning/Funeral Director)

Craig was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in both Nanaimo and Victoria. He graduated from Brentwood College School in 1993 and from there graduated with honours from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1999, obtaining his Associates Degree. During his time in Northern California, he worked for Duggan’s Serra Mortuary where he gained incredible work experience with the dynamic and successfully run family business. Upon graduation he moved back to Victoria and began his career with McCall Gardens where he is now a Funeral Director and Manager of Advance Planning. Craig and his cousin Trevor represent the fourth generation of the McCall family to be working for the family business in which they take great pride. He has two amazing children; son, Ben and daughter, Mia.

Chris Dorrington

(Director of Operations/Funeral Director)

Chris was born in Peterborough, Ontario and raised in Victoria, British Columbia as the second of four children of a clergyman. (Rt. Rev. Dr. C.W. Dorrington, Reformed Episcopal Bishop of Western Canada, Alaska & Cuba) Chris had the privilege of being educated at St. Michael’s University Preparatory School in Victoria.

Chris began his career at McCall Bros. Funeral Services in 1983, at their original location in Victoria. His formal education as a Funeral Director was conducted through the British Columbia Funeral Association at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, BC. He is a fully licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Chris has also trained and worked as a Crematorium Operator and has served six years as both an Industry Member and as a Consumer Member of the “Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Advisory Group” to Consumer Protection BC.

Chris spent time as the Funeral Service Association of British Columbia’s Embalming Evaluator for the B.C. Embalmers & Funeral Directors Apprenticeship Program and was one of three trial Funeral Directors appointed as a District Registrar for the Province of British Columbia, pursuant to the Vital Statistics Act. He is the longest serving Funeral Director/Registrar in the Province.

Chris served 18 years as a cadet and an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve. In 1992 he was appointed Air Force Representative to the CIL Branch National Advisory Counsel to Ottawa. In 1994, Major Dorrington was appointed to command the roadside contingent and Honour Guard for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her attendance at the 15th Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC. This was the second time that he had the privilege to directly serve Her Majesty, having been selected as a cadet in 1983 to be a member of her Honour Guard.

Chris believes in being involved in his community. He was the Founding President of the 848 RCACS Support Association in Colwood and was the Executive Director of the Campbell River Hospice Society. He has also served on the Boards of the Nanaimo Oceanside Rotary Club and the Newcastle Neighbourhood Association. He has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Campbell River Rotary Club. Chris is currently a member of the Cadillac Club of British Columbia and the North Island Cruisers of Campbell River.

Chris’ partner, Elizabeth, is also a member of the McCall Gardens team. Chris is a proud father to his daughter, Kelty and son, Karl.

Ron Davies, MBIE

(Funeral Director)

Originally from Steveston, BC, Ron entered funeral service in 1979.  He spent most of his adult life in Langley on the lower mainland. Ron holds BC Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses and is certified in Britain as a member of the British Institute of Embalmers.  He joined McCall Gardens in 2008 after providing decades of devoted funeral service to families in other cities on Vancouver Island and in the Greater Vancouver Area. Ron also holds a crematorium operator certificate and is certified through UBC in radionuclide safety and methodology. He has published articles on radiation safety in the workplace concerning radionuclide therapy and the deceased. He has served as a reservist with the Royal Westminster Regiment and as a piper with the Irish Pipes and Drums British Columbia Regiment, Duke of Connaught’s Own. Ron also serves with the 78th Fraser Highlanders on both Fort Fraser and Fort Victoria garrisons as Captain and Officer of the Honourable Guard; fulfilling ceremonial duties and firing salutes in support of veterans and escorting and honouring dignitaries, including Royal and Vice Regal guests at formal events from the Highland Games to Government House. He is also a proud member of the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association. Ron has been awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal, BCR Centennial Service Medal and the Lovat Cross.

Ron is a caring, proficient and highly experienced Funeral Director.  He uses his expertise to gently guide families during their time of grief and to insightfully help plan any kind of service from individualized celebrations of life to formal events honouring dignitaries and public figures.

In his spare time, Ron rides a Harley as does his musician wife Jeannie. He is a musician, actor and entertainer, plays upright bass, guitar and bagpipes and has a love of good food and all things Scottish.

Meghan Weber

(Funeral Director)

Meghan was born in Stratford, Ontario and raised near the small community of Mitchell. As a student in high school she began working at the local funeral home, assisting with services, visitations and administration. With encouragement from her mentors, Meghan enrolled in the Funeral Services Education Program at Humber College in 2006. She completed her apprenticeship in Cobourg, Ontario and received her Funeral Director and Embalmer’s Licence with Honours in 2008. After spending seven years in Cobourg, circumstance took Meghan to Fernie, BC in 2013. She continued to work in Fernie as a Funeral Director, Embalmer and certified Celebrant on a part-time basis, alongside working in administration and management for Canadian Tire.

In 2018, Meghan was given the opportunity to make Victoria home when she joined the team at McCall Gardens as a full-time Funeral Director. Her caring nature, attention to detail and creativity allow her to serve families in a meaningful way.

As a classically trained soprano, Meghan sings with the Victoria Choral Society and is a member of the Board. She also enjoys baking, creating beautiful and tasty works of art! She can often be found with her partner Kevin exploring the many hiking and cycling trails the Island has to offer. Meghan and Kevin call the Westshore home with her spoiled cats Puss, Boots and Sheldon.

Wendy Oppelt

(After Service Concierge)

Wendy was born in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to beautiful Victoria in 1990.  For over 25 years she worked as a media relations/marketing executive in publishing and tourism.

As a committed volunteer, Wendy has dedicated her time and compassion to serving families and patients in both Hospice and the Cancer Agency in Vancouver and Victoria. Through her volunteer work, she developed her new career path and joined McCall Gardens in 2016.

With patience and compassion, Wendy assists families during services as well as after services as the After Service Concierge.   She understands how difficult loosing a loved one can be and the sense of being overwhelmed.  Her hope is to quietly lighten the load and make things easier for our client families.  In her spare time she enjoys painting, kayaking, cycling, and joyous dinners with family and friends.

Arnold Senra

(Care Centre Manager)

Arnold is originally from Toronto, Ontario and held Ontario Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses for over 30 years. During his career in Toronto he found it rewarding working for a family owned funeral home. When British Columbia became home it was important for him to continue working for a family owned and operated establishment.  Arnold’s interests outside of work include travelling, enjoying the BC outdoors and can often be seen riding his Harley around town.

Veronica Stewart

(Sequoia Catering- Manager)

Veronica was born and raised in Scotland.  She emigrated to Canada in 1979 after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art.  She has lived in Victoria since 1981, raising two sons and working as a full time artist until starting part time at Sequoia Catering in 2015. Veronica took over management duties in the spring of 2018. She still makes jewellery which is sold locally in galleries and loves to spend any free time in her garden.

Carolyn Duncan

(Office Manager – Accountant)

Carolyn was born in a small town near Spokane, Washington and moved to Canada as a child. She is proud of becoming a Canadian citizen in 2014. Her parents were both teachers and taught in several small towns throughout BC before finally settling in Sidney, BC.

Carolyn spent her early teens at St. Margaret’s School where her passion for horseback riding and sewing began.  She finished her high school years at Parkland Secondary School in Sidney where she was fortunate to have met lifetime friends.  After graduating high school she attended the CGA School of B.C. and started working in the accounting field.  Throughout her career she has worked as an accountant for several construction companies and at a local CA firm.  She made McCall Gardens her permanent home in 2012.

While pursuing her career she raised four wonderful children who are all flourishing and starting families of their own.  Her journey has led her to beautiful Brentwood Bay where she lives with her husband William.   They enjoy spending time with their 6 grandchildren, 2 border collies and renovating (constantly!).

Deanne Bienert

(Executive Assistant)

Deanne was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has lived most of her life on the West Coast of BC.  She attended Kwantlen College for Marketing, worked in Customer Service roles for Tourism BC, IBM and Great-West Life.  She met and married her husband, John, and then moved to Whistler, BC, where they together ran a successful business for many years.   In 2005, they moved to Victoria and soon after Deanne joined the McCall Gardens family where she continues to enjoy a gratifying vocation helping to serve families.

Linda Herr

(Executive Assistant)

Linda was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1980 she and her family moved to Winnipeg and then relocated to Rome, Italy for two years. She moved back to Canada in 1984, settling in the Greater Vancouver area and then in 1999 relocated to Victoria. Linda’s background has been in customer service and administration, mainly in accounting firms before joining the staff at McCall’s in the fall of 2001.

Sue Pereira

(Administrative Assistant)

Sue was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil and emigrated to Canada at the age of 14.  She is fluent in English and Portuguese.  Sue has two beautiful daughters that are her world and a furry fifteen-year-old Shih Tzu named Chico. Most of her working years were in the medical field but has now found her calling helping families at McCall Gardens.

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