Hendrik Van Ryk thanked for his service as BCCPA board president

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that BC Care Providers Association announces that President Hendrik Van Ryk has resigned his position on the board of directors. Karen Biggs will assume the role of president effective immediately. This summer it was announced that the Van Ryk’s family business H&H Total Care Services, operators of The Hamlets residences in B.C. and Alberta, has been sold. Hendrik served as COO of the company and his brother Andre – another former BCCPA board member – was CEO. Their father Hank formed the company in the 1980s, and was succeeded by his sons. Hank Van Ryk was honoured with an Ed Helfrich Long-Service Excellence Award in 2018.

During Hendrik’s tenure working in health care services, he has played very active roles on boards and committees over and above his exemplary work with BCCPA. These include: the Surrey Hospice Society, a task group developing Assisted Living standards and practice guidelines, the Residential Care Leadership Council in Fraser Health Authority and as an advisory board member to the Assisted Living Centre of Excellence (ALCE).

He provided labour relations leadership through the bargaining of first collective agreements, and renewals of several collective agreements. In addition to his labour relations experience, he has developed and implemented company wide human resource policy and procedures.

Hendrik’s experience included providing operational and executive involvement and support for expansion to current sites and the development and opening of several new sites over his 25 years with the company. The size of developments ranged in size from 4 million to over 30 million dollars in size throughout BC and Alberta.

His towering 6-foot-8-inch height is coupled with a gentle demeanor and a “get it done” approach. He has left an indelible mark on continuing care in our province thanks to his work on several key committees, including Events and Recognition, Member Services & Engagement, the Health Human Resources committee, and importantly, our COVID response in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Health Authorities.

Hendrik cares deeply for those who are in care, and has been devoted to supporting older adults and their loved ones. We hope to see you back working in our sector again, Hendrik!

On behalf of the staff and board of BCCPA and EngAge BC, thank you.