We acknowledge our presence on the traditional unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples, including the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ nations.







In compassionate Christian love, the mission of the Luther Court Society is to sustain and improve the quality of life for seniors, to meet their changing needs by providing a safe environment for care, shelter, support, and community interaction.



Inspired by our mission, and guided by our values, model of care, and aspirational statements, our code of ethics, Client Safety Statement, and the British Columbia Residents’ Bill of Rights, Luther Court Society proactively plans for and responds to the future needs of seniors in a changing society and health care environment.


Susan J.

Board Chair

Susan joined the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in 2019 shortly after retiring from her role as the Vice President, Academics and Research at Grande Prairie Regional College in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She is privileged to have served on a variety of professional and not-for-profit boards, and to be involved in a number of social action initiatives that afforded me the privilege of putting my faith into action through service to others. Susan feels fortunate that she was able to retire to Victoria and to become involved with the Luther Court Society through the Board.

Susan’s professional career was spent as a university level English literature instructor, work she loved!  Susan holds an MA in English Literature, a BA in English, a Diploma of Education in Secondary Education (English) and an Institute of Corporate Directors designation.

In her spare time Susan loves to cook and to garden – though admits she is no expert at either! Susan and her husband will celebrate their 33rd anniversary this summer and are also looking forward to the wedding of their son in August 2022. Susan is happy and privileged to live in Victoria where she can care for my elderly parents and indulge in her lifelong interest in literature and the arts.

Susan was motivated to serve on the LCS board by a deep conviction that the service provided, and the work done, by the caring and dedicated leadership and staff of LCS is of the utmost importance to the residents and families they serve, and to our community at large. She believes strongly, too, that service to the elderly is one of the greatest of human callings; it is they who built the society we enjoy today and it is they who made us the people we are – we owe them an immeasurable debt.


Board Vice-Chair

Perry Monych joined the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in 2017. Perry became involved with LCS when he was a member at Grace Lutheran Church and was impressed with the work LCS does and the genuine caring they have for those that call LCS home. When asked if he would consider joining the board five years ago, Perry was only too happy to say YES.

Perry was born and raised in British Columbia. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Forestry at the University of British Columbia. In 1986 Perry graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in Finance and Strategy.  Following his MBA, he spent most of his career in the computer industry. In 2003, Perry changed careers and moved back to Canada to do general management consulting in the technology industry, to raise money for pre-venture capital firms and to perform volunteer work.

Perry and his wife, Diane have been married for 45 years and are the parents to girl boy twins … Gordon and Heather. Together they love to travel, and enjoy hiking and golfing.

Perry is fortunate and grateful to live in Victoria and to enjoys life to the fullest.


Chair of Governance and Planning Committee

Carol Tastad joined the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in 2010. Carol is currently the Board Chair for the Governance and Planning Committee. Carol had a two year break from the Board when she served as the liaison between the Lutheran Church of the Cross and the Luther Court Society.

Carol’s professional background includes teaching at a post secondary institution in the field of Recreation and Leisure, and working in the fields of geriatrics, mental health and volunteerism. In her personal time, Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Her especially happy place is at their special cottage in Saskatchewan, which has been a gathering place for 47 years. Carol enjoys volunteering, playing bridge, travelling, reading and spending time with friends.

For Carol, her inspiration and passion for the mission and values of LCS comes from the early pioneers in the field health care for older populations and their vision for the continuum of care philosophy. She is encouraged by the excellent dedication of her fellow board members and even more so by the amazing staff and the dedicated leadership of this organization who daily delivery the most amazing and loving care to the residents and to each other.

Luther Court is also a feeling. A place called home that envelops you as you walk through the door.




Kathleen joined the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in 2020 and is the Treasurer for the board.

Kathleen’s working career had two very distinct occupations. She was a Laboratory Technologist in the BC hospital system and as a CPA, worked as accountant for a BC Municipality. When Kathleen and her family moved to Brentwood Bay, she did contract work for Luther Court for a short time. Kathleen is now enjoying retirement.

With her background in health care and the quality of the LCS management team, Kathleen was inspired to join the Board of Directors. She felt a need to give back to her community and realized that there was a need for volunteers with a financial background.

Kathleen’s retirement allows her to spend time with her family and to travel.



Craig Knight returned to the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in June 2022. Craig was a previous member of the Luther Court Society Board of Directors, Craig returns to the Board eager to work with the Board and staff in a time of significant change for Luther Court.

He recently served for 8 years on the Board of Directors of Canadian Blood Services and as chair of the Board’s Talent Management Committee.  Craig is a former Lutheran Pastor in the ELCA and ELCIC.  He retired in 2009 from a 23-year career with the BC Ministry of Health, which included 6 years as Assistant Deputy Minister for health legislation, professional regulation, intergovernmental relations and corporate policy.  He is an active member of Lutheran Church of the Cross.

Craig enjoys helping friends with gardening and life in Victoria.



Donna Ross joined the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in September 2021.

Donna is a retired nurse and nurse continence advisor. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Jubilee in 1976 and has worked locally since. She has practiced as a clinical nurse specialist for over 20 years in the field of older adult health including education, projects and quality improvement with teams across Vancouver Island. Donna has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts (Adult education) and a Nurse Continence Advisor Certificate. She also received the CRNBC Nurse Excellence Award for Clinical Practice.

Donna enjoys spending her time caring for grandchildren, hiking, cycling, gardening and is an avid bird watcher.

Being on the Board and assisting Luther Court helps her feel she is making a contribution to the welfare of others by focusing on quality practice and continuing the mission and ethics of being a nurse.



Tony Palmer joined the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in 2019.

Tony completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the University of Victoria in 1979, articled with Ladner Downs in Vancouver and Victoria and was called to the BC Bar in May, 1980.  He was a partner at the firm of Vickers & Palmer from 1982, practicing exclusively in the field of litigation, both Civil and Criminal, including both Crown Prosecution and Defence work.  In 1992, he was appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia and was the sole Resident Judge at the Western Communities Courthouse for 23 years until his retirement in 2015.  During that time he was active on the Provincial Court Judges Association Executive for four years and was a member of the Education Committee, including a term as Chair, for 8 years.



Dr. Holly Tuokko joined the Luther Court Society’s board in 2018 and is presently the Secretary for the Board of Directors.

Holly joined the board after her retirement from the University of Victoria (UVic) where she was a Professor in the Department of Psychology specializing in geriatric neuropsychology. She served as the Director of the Centre on Aging (now Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health) at the UVic from 2009-2014. Prior to joining the faculty at UVic, she served as a clinical psychologist with Elderly Outreach Service in Victoria, BC and the Alzheimer Clinic at the University of British Columbia Hospital in Vancouver, BC.

Holly’s parents were residents in Assisted Living at Luther Court and she will be forever grateful for the respectful, loving care they received.



Patrick Coristine joined the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in June 2022.

Patrick (Pat) Coristine was born in the Southern Alberta town of Fort Macleod and lived in and around Lethbridge for many years. He attended the Universities of Lethbridge and Calgary, obtaining a Bachelor of Education from the latter. After a brief high school teaching career, he returned to the University of Lethbridge taking courses necessary to article for the Chartered Accountant designation, which he achieved in 1981.
Pat worked in public practice with firms in Lethbridge and Grande Prairie. For twenty years Pat was an accounting instructor at the Grande Prairie Regional College (now Northwestern Polytechnic University) teaching a wide variety of accounting, auditing and income tax courses.
Pat was involved as a volunteer with the Grande Prairie Downtown Business Association, Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club, Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association and Royal Canadian Air Cadets. A highlight of his volunteer career was serving as Finance Director with Hockey Alberta for seven years.
Pat had been an Assistant Coach with his granddaughters’ hockey teams and had been a Level III Hockey Referee.
At the GPRC Pat served as Treasurer for the Academic Staff Association (ASA) and served two years as the ASA representative on the Board of Governors.



Peter Kruselnicki joined the Luther Court Society’s Board of Directors in June 2022.

Peter retired in May 2014 from TransCanada. As Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, Peter led the company’s government relations, communications/media and corporate social responsibility areas from 2007 till his retirement. He had been involved extensively in TransCanada’s strategy planning and advocacy for many of the company’s major projects, government relations strategy and advocacy and development/coordination of the company’s external communications and media, including paid, earned, and social media.

Prior to joining TransCanada, Peter worked for the Alberta Government for 26 years in several senior official capacities including Chief of Staff to Premier Klein, Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board and Deputy Minister of Labor. Prior to his becoming Deputy Minister of Labor, Peter spent 16 years in Alberta Public Works Supply and Services holding Assistant Deputy Minister roles, including Property Management and Capital Development as well as Acting Deputy Minister. Peter was also seconded to the New Zealand government and University of Victoria (Wellington) for a period of 9 months prior to joining the Premier’s office.’
Peter graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is currently a member of APEGA. He also attended the Banff School of Advanced Management while he worked for the Alberta Government.

Peter has extensive experience and involvement with strategic policy, regulatory and legislation development, and implementation in the Province of Alberta. He also has extensive experience in working with all levels of government, industry and professional associations, and organized labor organizations. Peter has extensive experience on Crown Corporation and not-for-profit boards including the Alberta Capital Finance Corporation, Alberta Pension Administration Corporation, Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation, Careers – The Next Generation, Chair of The Bethany Care Foundation, Director of The Nature Conservancy of Canada (Alberta) Board, Director on the Alberta Enterprise Group Board and Member of the Board of The Brenda Strafford Foundation.


The role of the Board is to provide oversight to Luther Court through the process of governance. The Board approaches its responsibilities with a proactive style emphasizing outward vision, encouragement of diversity in viewpoints, and strategic leadership.

The Board designs its own governance policies, creates and maintains the strategic plan, delegates management authority to the Chief Executive Officer, and monitors performance and significant outcomes.

In its governance role the board:

  • ensures a qualified Chief Executive Officer is appointed,
  • monitors the quality of care, services and safety, through the reporting mechanism of the Quality Council program wherein the Board can:
    • monitor risk management and compliance with limitations,
    • expectations and policies,
    • measures strategic results achieved by management,
    • ensures compliance with the regulatory requirements
    • fulfils the Board’s responsibilities to the Luther Court Society members.



Chief Executive Officer

Karen Johnson-Lefsrud was present at the day of Luther Court Society’s opening and has always held a keen interest and affinity for the vision and focus that has shaped the wonderful community that Luther Court has become. Karen joined the Luther Court Society (LCS) team in 1991 as the Chaplain. She then served as the Director of Care and has been the Chief Executive Officer for the past 12 years.

Karen has an undergrad in music (BMus) and music continues to bring her much joy and fulfillment. Karen has a Master of Divinity degree and a Masters’ degree in Leadership Studies at Uvic.

Having spent the majority of her career at LCS, Karen has been delighted in its transition and growth as new programs and services have been added to the campus of care. The overarching vision developed by its founders has served Luther Court well, and it continues to evolve and guide its development as we seek to make the tent larger.

Karen is inspired by the seniors who make their home at Luther Court and who display resilience and a zest for life in spite of challenges that they may face. The selfless and compassionate work of our staff is also an inspiration – as evidenced especially through the challenges of the pandemic.

Karen enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, three children and a beautiful little granddaughter.






Chief Financial Officer

Darrell Eng joined Luther Court Society in 2019 as the Chief Financial Officer. Darrell is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant with experience in Public Practice, and the Telecommunication, Transportation, Technology, Government, Aviation and Not-For-Profit sectors.

Darrell is inspired by the sacrifice of his grandmother and parents, and their unconditional love. Darrell spends his time away from LCS with his wife and sons.


Director of Care and Community

Lori McKenzie joined the Luther Court team in 2003. Lori completed her Bachelor of Social Work through the University of Calgary and is a Registered Social Worker.

Lori has worked in the areas of Child Protection, and Adoption, work with the schools as a Family School Liaison Worker, group work with children experiencing violence, grief work with children, and the last many years working in elder care.

She enjoys the people she meets through her work and the stories they share. She is grateful for the opportunity to build relationships with people from many walks in life. Lori is inspired by the tenaciousness of those who live and visit Luther Court, a zest for living despite challenges, and a gratefulness deep in their core.

Lori is blessed by time spent with her husband (of 43 years), her six children and nine grandchildren.


Manager of Community & Support Services

Carolyn Hoekstra joined the Luther Court team in 2018 and is the Manager of Community and Support Services.

Carolyn has a Bachelor of Music Therapy and will be completing a Master of Health Studies in December 2022.

Carolyn is inspired by all the people that make up the Luther Court community; the selflessness that is demonstrated every day by those that work at LCS, and also those who call Luther Court their home.

When not at LCS, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, her dog and cat.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi.


Director of Primary Health Care and Community

Chelsea Wozniak (she/her) is of European ancestry and is a settler on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ people. She recognizes the harms caused by colonization and is committed to continued learning about her role in truth before reconciliation.

Chelsea started as the Director of Primary Health Care and Community at Luther Court in 2022. Before completing her Master of Arts in Health Leadership from the Royal Roads University, she worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of primary care, acute care and community settings.

When away from work, you will find Chelsea enjoying time outdoors with her partner, two children and rescue dog.


Chaplain and Coordinator of Volunteers

Ed Chell is Chaplain and Coordinator of Volunteers at Luther Court. Ed joined the team in 2018.

Ed is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, who has served congregations in Edson and Sherwood Park, Alberta. This was followed by chaplaincy in Long Term Care, and BC Corrections.

The outdoors is a place of enjoyment for Ed to hike, cycle and garden with his family.

Each day, Ed looks to connect with people and listen to their life stories. Shared smiles, tears and laughter are all sources of inspiration for Ed.


Building Services Manager

Peter Besteman started at Luther Court Society in 1993 in our Building Maintenance department. Peter stepped into the role of Building Services Manager in July 2022.

Peter enjoys working with the residents and staff.

When not working, Peter enjoys spending time at the lake with his family.