The McLoughlin Garden Society is currently composed of five directors:

Margo McLoughlin

Margo McLoughlin is a writer, storyteller and teacher based in Victoria, BC. As a storyteller and story catcher, Margo has a passion for discovering the narrative threads that link us all. She is a board member for the BC Association for Living Mindfully and a Community Dharma Leader with the Victoria Insight Meditation Society. For more about Margo, please visit

Christine Dickinson

Born and educated in New Zealand, Christine Dickinson is an educator who lived and worked in Northern British Columbia for 34 years.  Her passion is for the regional history of the province, and she has co-authored Atlin: The Story of British Columbia’s Last Gold Rush (1996), and Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District (2015).  Christine has lived in Courtenay since 2007 and is a member of the Comox Valley Writers Society.  She has had close family connections to the Comox Valley since 1973.

Patricia Foster

Patricia Foster is a semi-retired nurse. In her professional career of forty years, she has been a community nurse in outpost settings, a clinical nurse specialist, an educator, a consultant in ethics and an administrator. She believes in community service, volunteers for the Comox Bay Care Society (Caravan) and the Ix-Canaan Project (Guatemala).  She is a new board member as of October 2017.  Patricia is the mother of two adult children who share her love of travel and adventure. She is drawn to gardens and wild places around the world.

Susan Healy

Susan and her husband operate a small landscape company in the Comox Valley. Her background in fine arts serves to enhance the horticultural in landscape design. She often uses the analogy of composing a painting, the garden being an excursion onto a large canvas, using the seasons as a hologram for constant wonder and change. Her experience working with not-for-profits, reporting fiscally to directors, includes a keen interest in philanthropy, fundraising, and raising awareness around cultural arts. Her background as a Credit Union director serving her community for many years is a solid grounding in the fiscal responsibilities of a board of directors.

Denise Lawson

As an emerging multi-disciplinary artist and the curatorial assistant at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, Denise is aware of the value artist-in-residence programs provide artists. Denise brings past experience as a board member of a variety of community organizations, and as an advocate and activist. She has lived shore-to-shore across Canada and settled in the Comox Valley with her husband and children in 2006. Denise was educated and practised as an outpost nurse and recently graduated from Emily Carr University with her BFA.