The PRHS is governed by a Board of Directors, who are directly responsible to the community for the effective management of the organization.
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, 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
Doreen Hopkins, Director
I am from the Tla’amin Nation, and am currently employed by Tla’amin Health. I have had the pleasure of actively participating in many different projects within the Tla’amin community. I am honored and look forward to participating on the PR Hospice Board. 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.
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!
Sarah Joy Herzog, Client and Volunteer Coordinator
Sarah Joy Herzog has worked in the social work field for over 10 years and holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Calgary. SJ is a macro-practice social worker passionate about community and group change. She has experience working with many different people including, young mothers, youth and adults who are homeless, individuals with exceptional abilities, survivors of trafficking and more. Her work has also focused on advocacy and awareness around social issues and overseeing programs to ensure positive impact for clients. SJ recently moved to PR from Ontario to live by the ocean. She loves kayaking, hiking and searching for whales and seals! Email me
Gillian Reyes, Programs Coordinator
Gillian has many experiences working front-line and in managerial positions serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in various non-profits in the lower mainland. As a woman of colour and a child of immigrants, her passions lie in uplifting the voices of those that face discrimination or prejudice in order to see that true inclusion takes place in a community. Gillian has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Douglas College and a Master of Arts Degree in Global Development and Social Justice from St. John’s University. After witnessing the death of her grandfather during the height of the Covid pandemic restrictions in 2021, Gillian is now compelled to ensure that the end of life journey is done with loving support, respect and dignity for all involved. She is grateful and honoured to be part of the Hospice Society. 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 holds 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.