For 2017 – 2019
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
Heather Baldwin, Vice 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. Email me
Sandy McCartie, Director
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
Helen deBruyckere, Fundraising Chair
Helen and her husband Harley retired and moved from Red Deer, Alberta to Powell River in 2005. Helen was a financial consultant with a major financial institution in Canada for 21 years. As a duo, Helen and Harley have made volunteering in their communities a priority, especially in the area of health and wellness. Helen is a lifetime member of the Canadian Cancer Society and volunteered her time, expertise and knowledge with many in her 25 years of service. Helen became very interested in Hospice many years ago as she watched loved ones and friends transition to life ever after. Most recently, her husband Harley died in April 2018. Helen cared for Harley in their home until his passing. “Helping to see a new Hospice in Powell River is a major priority for me. I truly want to help “make a difference” in my Community.” Helen is a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Powell River Sunrise and a past director on the Powell River Hospital Foundation. Email me
Tim Wall, Treasurer
Tim is the owner of Avid Fitness and is a member of Powell River’s Rotary Club and Community Foundation. Email me
Cathy Fisher, Secretary
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
Dr. David May, Consultant
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!
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
Jodie Young, Director
Jodie grew up in Powell River and has been a Registered Nurse since 2010. She currently works on the medical/surgical floor, Inpatient Psychiatry, and at Evergreen Extended Care. Jodie took an interest in palliative care early in her career and has enjoyed taking courses offered through Victoria Hospice, as well as volunteering with the Powell River Hospice Society. Jodie has recently passed her CNA Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Certificate. When she is not working, she spends most of her free time with her family, chasing after her rambunctious 3 year old son. Email me
Rod Paynter, Director
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
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.