The PRHS is governed by a Board of Directors, who are directly responsible to the community for the effective management of the organization.
Kim Barton-Bridges, President
Kim, her husband and three daughters moved to Powell River in 1998 from Vancouver, and she enjoys the quiet, coastal lifestyle. Their youngest daughter is in her fourth year at university, so while they are officially empty-nesters, they remain at the beck and call of their three furry kids. They welcomed their first grandchild in September, and are giddy with the joy of having a new baby in the family. After a long struggle with cancer, Kim’s father was admitted to the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta in June 2014 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 PR Hospice Board. Kim volunteers on the BC Ferries Advisory Committee for our region, and works with both PRISMA (Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy) and Powell River Film Festival. Email me
Cathy Fisher, Vice 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
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
Sandy McCartie, Secretary
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 faculty 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 events in Powell River and kayaking in the ocean and lakes of this area are some of Sandy’s favourite pastimes. 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
Pat Buckna, Fundraising
Pat and his partner Sherry moved to Powell River in 2010 where he has been active in the arts and culture scene and served on the board of Cranberry Community Hall for four years. Pat is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has worked as a management consultant and trainer for the past 20 years. His involvement with the non-profit sector goes back the early 1980’s and he welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this worthwhile organization. Email me
Rose Adams, Director
My name is Rose Adams. I was born and raised in the Powell River area. My career has been with Tla’amin Health. I started out in programming and have moved into the management and administration area. I look forward to contributing and sharing my skills, knowledge and experience to the Hospice society in general. Email me
Nora recently retired as manager for Vancouver Coastal Health of Mental Health & Addictions and Public Health. Nora and her husband moved to Powell River in 1985 to become Group Home Parents. The intention was to stay a year but they loved the community so much they put down roots and raised their daughter. Throughout her 42 year career as a Registered Psychiatric nurse she worked in all areas of mental health both in institutional settings and the community and with all age groups. She had many opportunities to support patients and their families as they moved into their final stage of life. Nora has been an advocate of having important conversations with family and friends about death and dying and the need for advocacy and support throughout this stage. Nora is an active volunteer with the Health Care Auxilliary, SPCA and Faith Lutheran Church and enjoys cooking, knitting, camping and spending time with family, especially her new grandson. 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!
Anna Byrne, Coordinator
The PRHS uses the services of a contracted Coordinator to oversee day-to-day administrative operations as well as to coordinate referrals, volunteers, education and advocacy.
Anna has a combined Honours B.A. in Psychology and Gerontology from McMaster University as well as a specialist teaching degree in Special Education. 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. 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.