Board of Directors & Staff

For 2020-2021

The PRHS is governed by a Board of Directors, who are directly responsible to the community for the effective management of the organization.


Cathy Fisher, President

Cathy has recently retired after 30 years as a classroom teacher and a Special Education support teacher and 6 years as President of the Powell River and District Teachers’ Association.  She has served on many local and provincial committees through her involvement with the BCTF and as a teacher.  Cathy has been honoured to support two close friends during their final days and feels it’s important for everyone to have a supportive network around themselves and their family at the end of their lives. Email me


Anna Byrne, Vice President

Anna is a past special education teacher and is currently completing a Master’s degree in theology. She had been involved with numerous non-profits as a volunteer and board member. Anna has travelled extensively and spent eight months volunteering with non-profits in South Africa, Mozambique and Brazil. She has been involved in hospice care since 2015. Email me


Rod Paynter, Director
Rod Paynter, Membership Chair

Rod can fairly be called a policy wonk when it comes to non-profit governance and administration. He has helped to create and run three non-profit societies, two in BC and one nationally. He retired to Powell River from Vancouver Community College, where he was an administrator. He has degrees in Leadership and Training (M.A) and Educational Leadership (ED.D). Rod likes to be useful and finds hospice a good way to spend his time. Email me


Kristy Côté, Secretary

Kristy was born and raised in Powell River. With a strong appreciation for the community Kristy and her husband kept Powell River as home, where they raised their three daughters. Kristy started her career First Credit Union in 1998 and is currently the Sales & Service Manager. Kristy is a Certified Executive Coach, through Royal Roads University, and is Lean Green Belt certified through UBC Sauder School of Business. With a strong passion for people and a desire to support those at end of life, Kristy became a Hospice volunteer in 2018. Kristy is looking forward to sharing her skills, positive energy, and compassionate nature with the hospice board, volunteers and the community. Email me


Lee Coulter, Treasurer

Since moving to Powell River 13 years ago after having retired from a teaching career in Vancouver, Lee has served on several not-for-profit boards including the PR Museum, the PR Academy of Music, the PR Film Festival and PRISMA. He currently sings in the Academy Chamber Choir and the PR Chorus. He completed his Hospice Volunteer Training Program in 2015 and is very much looking forward to serving on the Hospice Board. Email me


Doreen Hopkins, Director

Bio coming soon. Email me


Hilary Ward, Director

Hilary moved to Powell River with her husband and 2 dogs in 2016 from Vancouver Island. She spends much of her time enjoying and exploring the natural beauty of the area. She works as a Community Health Nurse providing palliative and medical care to clients in their homes. Her interest and passion for palliative care began in nursing school and continues to grow. She recently had the honour of accompanying her mom on her end of life journey and draws further inspiration from this experience. Email me.


Myta Blacklaws, Director

Bio coming soon. Email me.


Dr. David May, Ex Officio

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!


Staff

Jackie Baker, Manager

Jackie joins us with a  background in health care and senior support. Her degree in sociology fostered her curiosity in all things related to the human/social journeys and especially end-of-life issues. She is eager to contribute her energy to the PRHS.  She has a special interest in ritual and ceremony to mark life’s major thresholds. Since Jackie draws inspiration and balance from nature, you’ll probably see her with her family walking the trails daily. Email me.


Megan Gros, Program and Admin Support

Megan has worked with numerous local non-profits in Powell River in an administrative capacity over the past 10+ years, and brings with her a great deal of experience in this field.  She has recently completed a bachelor’s degree in community rehabilitation and disability studies from the University of Calgary, and also holds a diploma in disability studies and certificate in event management from Vancouver Island University.