BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BCHPCA Board of Directors 2020/2021

BC Hospice Palliative Care Association is governed by a non-compensated volunteer Board of Directors who are responsible for the ultimate direction of the management and affairs of the association. Our Board is made up of an executive team (Officers), regional directors and directors at large.

Officers

Donna Flood

Donna Flood

President

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Donna has been a nurse for 36 years and had an opportunity to nurse in various countries around the world and including Canada’s High Arctic. Her most memorable and life-changing experience was her work in Calcutta where she worked in Mother Teresa’s Hospice and instructed her nuns on nursing practices. This developed her passion for providing care in a different way; focusing on the individual and understanding that care and compassion are key elements in supporting all people with serious illness. Donna is currently the Executive Director of the Prince George Hospice Society. She has held that position for 5 years. Donna is the current president of the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA) and is a Director on the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Board.

Shannon Freeman

Shannon Freeman

Vice President

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Shannon believes in the importance of enhanced and sustained access to palliative hospice care in BC and beyond.
Shannon is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and a member of AGEWELL: Canada’s technology and aging network focusing on innovative solutions to support healthy aging and is leading work examining clinical need for long-term care in rural and northern communities. She is working on developing a safe transition program for residents to return to a community-based setting of care.

Shannon also takes an active role in research focused on hospice palliative and end-of-life care and is a Director of the Prince George Hospice Society and has published 37 peer reviewed articles, co-edited a book, written 8 book chapters, and had an active role in the creation of the interRAI Palliative Care Clinical Assessment Protocols.

Shannon continues her role as a Board member of the BCHPCA to advocate for better support for those nearing end-of-life and continue to pursue improving access to high-quality end-of-life care from an analytic research-informed perspective.

Shannon values her connections and duty to her community and commitment to volunteerism, having recently begun her sixth year as a Director of the Prince George Hospice Society.

Shannon commits to bringing a collaborative approach to engage in a broad range of areas, including a focus on promoting the health and well-being of those nearing end of life, the members of their circle of care, that being formal or informal care providers. Shannon will continue to aim to create knowledge useful to our hospice palliative care community across the regions and BCHPCA.

Kevin Harter

Kevin Harter

Secretary Treasurer

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Kevin has spent over 20 years in the healthcare Sector. Most notable during this time Kevin was the President and CEO of York Care Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
York Care Centre is the largest long term care facility in New Brunswick with supporting services covering subsidized seniors living, assisted living for seniors, education and research as well as community support programs.Kevin is passionate about continuously improving quality of life for patients and families. Over his 20 years in healthcare he has been involved in a number of innovative initiatives and designed to improve the quality of life and care for those we served. In New Brunswick he helped to establish two organizations to support these goals: CIRA – The Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging and APPTA – an AGEWELL National Innovation Hub.

Kevin has served on a number of committees for national organizations such as CIHI (Canadian Institute for Healthcare Information), CFHI (Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement), and SQLI (Senior Quality Leap Initiative). This service has given him valuable insight into collaboration within the healthcare sector and working with governments, both federal and provincial, to support it.

As the current CEO of Victoria Hospice, the organization shares his commitment to advancing care, and improving quality of life for patients and families. Its long history of advocacy, education, and research remain as relevant today as ever. They are some of the key goals in our current five-year Strategic Framework, much like BCHPCA’s Strategic Plan.

Kevin believes it is critical that palliative and end-of-life care is seen as a health system priority, particularly at this period of rapidly aging and growing populations in our region.

Kevin brings an array of negotiation skills, partnership and strategic planning to the Board, which he hopes will aid in advocacy and broaden awareness of quality palliative and end-of-life care on a regional and provincial level.

Directors at Large

Natasha Girard

Natasha Girard

Director-At-Large

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Natasha has been working in hospice palliative care in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years and is very passionate about transforming experiences for individuals and families during life’s most vulnerable moments. She has been able to build my knowledge and strategic experiences in being the Hospice representative on the Southeastern Ontario Regional EOL and Palliative Care Network, advocated provincially and regionally for a 10 bed residential hospice and launched a multi-million dollar capital campaign; volunteered on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the Southeastern Ontario Cancer Centre, and volunteered on the working committee to bring the vision of Gilda Radner and Gilda’s House to Ontario before relocating to Kelowna in 2016.

Prior to working in hospice palliative care, Natasha completed a Paralegal Diploma in Alberta and worked for seven years in Estate Planning and Administration, Oil and Gas Trusts, Litigation and Criminal Law.

Since joining Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA) in 2016, Natasha has been focused on strengthening and preserving an organization through some challenging times, with a focus on strengthening and building relationships with partners in care, built a new COHA Centre for program delivery and administrative offices, and reached a revenue milestone for the COHA Foundation since it’s inception 10 years ago.

 Natasha brings a strategic mind and collaborator perspective with the understanding of the successes and challenges community hospice’s face in urban and rural areas. Her leadership on many levels and resilience has provided great outcomes and learnings for future initiatives. The extensive experience in healthcare both professionally and personally provides a wide lens that is advantageous to the development of quality care and support individuals and families deserve in British Columbia.

 Her eagerness to advocate for greater outcomes, equality and recognition in optimal quality hospice palliative care is a driver for her wanting to join the BCHPCA Board of Directors and lead BCHPCA to the next chapter in growth. Community hospices are a part of the continuum and deserve greater recognition, and she wants to join the Board of Directors in leading greater distinction for community hospices and for British Columbians.

Regional Directors

Colleen (Marion) Erickson

Colleen (Marion) Erickson

Director – First Nations Health Authority

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Colleen is a Dak’elh grandmother (Ut’soo) from the Nak’azdli community and a member of the Lusilyou (Frog) Clan. As an active recognized community leader , Colleen participates in the balhats(potlatch) system, believes that cultural identity is the foundation of health and wellness, and is committed to improving the health and wellness of First Nations.

Colleen holds a Master’s degree in Education, with a special focus on the traditional philosophies of Carrier teachings.

Some of her experiences include being a former two-term Chief of Saik’uz First Nation, a veteran member of the RCMP and currently working as the Manager of Nak’azdli Natural Resources. Her past board experiences include roles within local government, Elder’s society, as well as numerous school district appointments. Currently Marion Colleen serves on the FNHA Board since 2012 and as the Board Chair since 2018 as well as I sit on the Four Rivers Co-op since 2001.

Colleen brings a wealth of negotiation, financial administration, mediation and leadership skills to the BCHPCA board.
She feels that her experiences and knowledge would benefit the BCHPCA by providing Indigenous perspective and understanding of cultural safety and humility.

Angel Elias

Angel Elias

Regional Director – Fraser

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Angel Elias is the current Executive Director for Mission Hospice Society and has been in the role for the past eight years. Angel has been instrumental in moving the Mission Hospice Society forward in being a leader in the industry in Bereavement support and Palliative Care support as well as ensuring the MHS has the budget to fund all comforts at the Christine Morrison Hospice, a 10 bed hospice residence.

Angel is a proud member of the Mission Mid Day Rotary club and has been for the past 11 years, serving as Club President in 2016 and Club Secretary from 2017 to 2019. Living by the Rotary rule “service above self”. Angel has been instrumental in community projects such as St. Joseph’s food bank. MY Youth house, Mission Park scoreboard and Blessing in the backpack community program.

Further to this, Angel is also the founding member of the Federation of Fraser Region Hospice Societies and currently working very closely with the 11 Hospice Societies in the Fraser Health region, bringing them together for collaboration with many programs and services.

Angel also sits as a Director on the Mission Chamber of Commerce and continues to give back to her community in various capacities.
Angel brings a wealth of Board governance, fundraising and capital management experience to the BCHPCA Board.

Gail Porter

Gail Porter

Regional Director – Interior

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Gail has been Greater Trail Hospice Society for the past 25 years and has held the positions of Board Member, Board Chair, Board Secretary, and temporary relief positions for the Clinical Program Coordinator. She is a registered nurse (have worked mainly in community care) and an ordained pastor as well. Both of these positions have led her to be very involved with people approaching the end of life, and with supporting family members through this journey. It has been Gail’s goal throughout her career to help people nearing the end of their life with dignity, excellence in symptom control, and control over their personal choices for care. Gail has also been a nursing instructor for 15 years and was instrumental in expanding the palliative components of the BSCN program in her local college/university degree program.

Gail brings to the Board, the voice of rural and remote hospices ‘to the table’. Small hospices need particular support to be able to provide education and care to their communities with very minimal resources. Without palliative care teams or specialized palliative facilities, small hospices often have to take on greater roles in supporting clients and families who don’t have access to designated palliative beds, symptom specialists or grief counsellors. Rural hospices have smaller ‘pools’ for fundraising, and fewer staff hours to be able to build their volunteer base. Her goal as being part of the Board, will be to look at ways to help small hospices not just survive, but thrive.

Gail brings a wealth of knowledge in research, education and training and hopes this will translate into further research and data collection within hospice palliative care, something that is lacking, which will further aid deliver the importance of hospice palliative care in BC. 

Judi Smart

Judi Smart

Regional Director – North

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Judi is a passionate hospice palliative care resident of Northern BC.  She is committed to learning all she can to be an effective board member and representative of the Northern Region. For the past two years, she has been a board member of the Fort St John & District Palliative Care Society and is the chair of fund-raising. She is also a volunteer visitor. Having completed the training to offer public sessions on Advanced Care Planning in October of 2016, together with a fellow board member she offers public sessions in Fort St John. Judi currently works as a pension and benefits administrator and is completing her studies in social work.

Dr. David Hunt

Dr. David Hunt

Regional Director – Provincial

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Dr. David Hunt has provided medical care for the past 50 years to the citizens of BC as a specialist in Emergency Medicine, Pain Specialist and the last six years as a full time consultant in Palliative Care with the North Shore Palliative Care Program. This also includes providing care in The Palliative Care Unit, chemo unit Emergency Dept and wards of Lions Gate Hospital as well as in the North Shore Hospice and Community.

Prior to embarking on Palliative Care, David took a certified Hospice Volunteer Program at St Paul’s Hospital. With this perspective, David became very aware of the significant comfort and contributions hospice volunteers make in the hospital setting, in the Hospices and especially in our communities.

David believes and is a strong advocate of the BCHPCA and that the association is vital and “the glue” that our system of providing quality and universal Hospice and Palliative Care throughout BC depends upon. David hopes to bring from his experiences as a teacher in work such as; ground roots first responder, editor and major contributor of the WCB Industrial /Occupational First Aid Manual and advanced paramedic services, initiated and directed the first Advanced Life Support Program in Vancouver for BC Ambulance and went on to found the Paramedic Air Ambulance and many teaching programs for nurses and physicians.

David brings a profound knowledge as a Palliative Care physician,  educator, community leader and advocate to the Board.

Jane Webley

Jane Webley

Regional Director – Vancouver Coastal

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As a Registered Nurse with over 36 years’ experience in various fields of clinical practice, education, operations management and project management across Palliative continuum of care, Jane is passionate about working with staff and patients to improve quality of care, and advance evidence into practice at the front-line for patients who are living with a life threatening illness.

Jane has successfully led a variety of projects, producing efficient, sustainable change to meet VCH and MOH strategic priorities and received local, National and International awards.

Jane brings to the Board immense participative leadership with exceptional interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills and an excellent record of program development, commissioning of new services, quality improvement, and risk management. 

She is honoured to bring her experiences and collaborate with other like minded professionals to BCHPCA to drive change and promote palliative care as an essential skill and service within our province.

Jane Sterk

Jane Sterk

Regional Director – Vancouver Island

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Jane Sterk was hired at the end of May 2020 as Executive Director of the Comox Valley Hospice Society. Jane has a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology and have held a variety of employment experiences including: public school teacher; Mental Health Consultant with in public health specializing in organizational development, team building and individual and family counselling; an entrepreneur operating a retail store and an offshoot business configuring and installing networks; a psychologist in private practice; a mentor to women entrepreneurs; a university instructor in business ethics and organizational behavior; leader of the Green Party of BC; and ED for two organizations in the intimate partner, domestic and sexualized violence sector.

Jane represents the Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices (VIFoH) a non profit organization that promotes hospices on Vancouver Island within the regions of: Southern Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands, Central Vancouver Island and Northern Vancouver Island.

Jane’s experience in government and public relations and strategic leadership will be vital to the Board.

Jane believes in this time of unprecedented awareness of death, dying and bereavement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is critically important that BCHPCA exercise its importance as an umbrella organization and bring awareness of Hospice Palliative Care to all.

BCHPCA Board 0f Directors 2019 – 2020

Donna Flood
President

Shannon Freeman
Vice President

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Kevin Harter
Interim Secretary-Treasurer

Don Davidson
Regional Director (Interior)

Judi Smart
Regional Director (North)

BCHPCA Board 0f Directors 2014 – 2015

BCHPCA-2014-2015

Back row:  Sandi Armitage, Donalda Carson, Dr. Marylene Kyriazis, Gretchen Hartley, Jan Moreau, Rev. Shelley Stickel-Miles, and Caine Liu

Front row:  Ruth Edwards, Meg Milner, and Judy Lett

BCHPCA Board of Directors 2013 – 2014

BCHPCA-2013-2014

Back row:  Sandi Armitage, Donalda Carson, Dr. Marylene Kyriazis, Terri Odeneal, Lynn Turner, Jan Moreau

Front row:  Kay Johnson, Meg Milner and Wendy Wainwright

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