Heather Baldwin, President
Heather was a nurse for 42 years and during that time spent 3.5 years working and teaching in the area of palliative care. She also volunteered with Surrey Hospice Society for 10 years, facilitating adult and children’s grief groups. Although she is retired from nursing, Heather’s passion for quality and compassionate palliative and hospice care has led her to be part of making this dream a reality in Powell River. She believes that every community needs a hospice—people to companion and support those who are dying as well as their caregivers, family and friends, and to walk with those left behind after the death of a loved one.
Kim Barton-Bridges, Treasurer
Kim, her husband, Charles, and their three girls moved to Powell River in 1998 from Vancouver. Their youngest daughter started university last year, so while they are officially empty-nesters, they remain at the beck and call of their three furry kids. After a long struggle with cancer, Kim’s father was admitted to the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta last year before his death. The family was overwhelmed by the support of their staff and volunteers, and Kim embraced the opportunity to take a position on the newly formed Powell River Hospice Society Board. Kim has worked with Success by 6, Powell River Child, Youth and Family Services Society, and is the Special Events Coordinator for PRISMA (Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy). She loves the quiet, coastal lifestyle that Powell affords and is heavily involved in the community.
Dr. David May, Director
David is a full service family doc working in Powell River BC for the last twenty five years. He also works as an anesthetist and has a consulting practice in palliative care and chronic pain. He was a member of the Physician Support Program chronic pain planning committee and is a member of the Doctors of BC palliative care committee. He is a board director of the Powell River Division of Family Practice and physician lead on the Shared care committee palliative care and chronic pain initiative. He is a board director of the BC College of Family Practitioners. He is married with three kids and all of his family members are experts at keeping his ego in check!
Anna Byrne, Director
Anna has a combined Honours B.A. in Psychology and Gerontology from McMaster University. She taught for four years at a young-offenders facility, then at Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services, an alternative education program for youth. She now teaches at Vancouver Island University. Anna and her husband moved to Powell River in 2015 and enjoy writing and hiking together.
Anna has a special interest in spirituality and the transformative power of dying.
Sandy McCartie, Acting Coordinator
Sandy has lived in Powell River since 2007. She has retired from her private practice as a Clinical Counsellor, Registered Social Worker and Registered Art Therapist and as in the Bachelor of Social Worker program at Vancouver Island University. Prior to moving to Powell River from the Lower Mainland, Sandy worked for Surrey Hospice Society as the Bereavement Programs
co-ordinator. She first discovered her passion for Hospice as a volunteer for that same Hospice Society. Sandy also worked for three decades as a service provider, advocate and ally for persons with disabilities. She shares her home with her partner of 26 years, their dog and their cat. Enjoying the many arts and cultural event in Powell River and kayaking in the ocean and lakes of this area are some of Sandy’s favourite pastimes.
Henrietta Johnson, Director