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Meet our Access Oceanside Association
Board of Directors

Sandra Hobson
Chair Person
Sandra Hobson

Sandra is Professor Emerita in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University (London, Ontario).  She also holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment at Pacific Coast University, where she taught workplace health and disability management. 

She was the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from the Belarusian State Medical University for her work there.

She is a life member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and has both a personal and professional interest in access issues.

Sandra also sits on Parksville’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, and serves as chair of Access Oceanside Association.

Ralph (Olaf) Tietjen,  Secretary/Treasurer
Ralph Tietjen

Ralph has been a resident of Parksville since 2017. As  a retired Airline Manager, the challenges faced by disabled persons became clear when his wife became an amputee in 2019.      

He has since learned much about navigating the resources available to disabled persons and became interested in lobbying local governments and businesses to make their services and physical premises more accessible for all to enjoy.


Ralph also sits on Parksville’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, and serves as Secretary/ Treasurer  of Access Oceanside Association.

We aim to make a lasting impact in the community and beyond. Our initiatives and activities are designed to to make real change in the lives of people living with a disability.
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