Executive Committee of the British Columbia Commandery

Executive Committee members are elected by the members of the British Columbia Commandery of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada to provide leadership and direct the Commandery in fulfilling its mission and vision. Executive Committee members are elected to their position.

The following are members of the Commandery, currently serving on the Executive Committee:

Commander: Chev. John W Neill, KLJ, MMLJ, MPhil, MRTPI, FRHSC(Hon)

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, John joined the Order in 2006 on the invitation of the late Graham Anderson KCLJ GOMLJ, then Vice-Bailiff for British Columbia and Cowichan Herald at the Canadian Heraldic Authority, after moving to British Columbia the previous year. At the time, the then Grand Bailiwick of BC was primarily involved with raising money for palliative care initiatives at hospitals in Saanich and Duncan, on Vancouver Island. A chartered town planner by occupation and a herald of arms by inclination, John served as the Grand Bailiwick’s Judge d’Arms after the demise of Chev. Anderson and, subsequent to British Columbia’s readmittance to the Grand Priory of Canada, holds the position of Vice-Commander for Vancouver Island and serves as the Grand Priory’s Deputy Principal Armorist.

John’s other interests include the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, where he served as the BC/Yukon Branch President for six years and currently edits the Society’s newsletter Gonfanon as well as the Branch newsletter The Blazon. He is honorary Shenachie to the Fort Victoria Garrison, 78th Fraser Highlanders; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, to whose Journal he has contributed on heraldic matters. For his services to heraldry at the Provincial level, John was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was elected an honorary Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada in 2017.

Vice Commander (Vancouver Island): Chev. David E. Hjalmarson, CD, KCLJ, CMLJ

David, born in Victoria, BC is from a family which has a long history of military service. He served the Canadian Forces as an Airborne Electronic Systems Operator (Anti-submarine warfare) till 1984. While training in Cornwallis, NS in the late 60's, he took up playing the pipes with the RCAF Rockcliffe Band, and later took up fencing and won the men's novice Fencing Tournament in Ottawa in 1971. Retired from the air force with the title of Pipe Major and rank of Master Warrant Office in July 1997, he returned to his parents ranch and indulged his hobby of training horses. His other activities include Guard Commander for the 78th Fraser Highlanders, had escroted HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York on an inspection of the Honourable Guard of the Highland Frasers at the Victoria Highland Games in 2013. Dave was invested into the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in Kitchener, ON in 1989 and elected as Commander for the BC Commandery in 2011.

Vice Commander (Mainland): David Scandrett, CD, KLJ

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Chaplain and Ecumenism: Rev. Jonathan Carrothers, BA, AChLJ

The Rev. Jonathan Carrothers is a longtime resident of Victoria, and Pender Island, BC, his late father being the distinguished lawyer and academic, Alfred Carrothers, head of the Carrothers Commission, (NWT) and a former President of the University of Calgary. A Bachelor of Arts graduate (History and Classics) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Rev. Jonathan turned his attention to the Church and was ordained to the Diaconic in the Anglican Province of Christ the King, Diocese of the Western States, in 2012. In 2016, he was inducted into the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem in the rank of Assistant Chaplain. A hobbyist painter and a collector of model soldiers, Rev. Jonathan continues to study theology in preparation for his entry into the priesthood, as well as his interests in church and military history. He currently serves the BC Commandery as its Chaplain.