Current Board of Directors
Maria-Lynn Johnson, President
Finance Committee, Governance Committee
Now retired, Maria-Lynn has worked most of her career in the Non-Profit Sector and is knowledgeable about all aspects of non-profit management.
Gale Mulligan, Treasurer
Brenda DeMone, Director
Patti Larson, Director
Community Relations Committee, Governance Committee
Sandy Thygesen, Director
Community Relations Committee
Rosemary Kelsall, Director
Community Relations Committee
Rosemary moved to Revelstoke in 2000 with husband Bruce Granstrom, who was born here and whose family lives here. Their twin daughters were born in 2000.
Rosemary retired as a Family Doctor in the fall of 2018. Prior to moving to Revelstoke she worked for 10 years at the REACH Community Health Centre in Vancouver. When she first moved to Revelstoke she started work at the Sicamous Medical Clinic and did that for 12 years. At the same time she worked at the Revelstoke Opt Clinic and Revelstoke Travel Medicine and Vaccination Centre. In 2012 Rosemary started working at the Selkirk Medical Clinic in Revelstoke and did this until her retirement in the fall of 2018.
In Vancouver she was a board director for the REACH Community Health Centre for many years. When Rosemary moved to Revelstoke, she joined the Hospice board for 2 term. Currently, she have just started back on the Revelstoke Masters Swim club board as their registrar having worked in the past on their board for many years and have also just joined the Revelstoke Community Band as a a director. She has spent many years on the Revelstoke Aquaducks Swim Club Board as a director.
Rosemary believes hospice services are very important for Revelstoke. This of course is clear through being a family doctor in the community but also through personal experiences with family and friends. "In my family I have recently had a member who lived in Mt Cartier Court for 4 years until her passing 2 years ago, another family member who passed away in the hospice room at Mt Cartier Court 4 years ago and another member who passed away at home last year. Through all of this for our family we have been touched in a positive way by hospice services."
Theresa Hamilton, Executive Director / Volunteer Coordinator
Theresa is a deathcare practitioner, a radical death positive activist, a holistic enthusiast, serious crafter, repurposer and works as Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the Hospice Society. She has a degree in Thanatology from King's College and a degree in First Nations Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She has a certificate in death midwifery from the Beyond Yonder School for Community Deathcaring in Canada. She is interested in bringing deathcaring to her community of Revelstoke. She has been a long-time Frontline volunteer with the Pals and palliative program as well as facilitating monthly Death Cafes (Dose, 101 2nd street) and Grief and Bereavement Support Groups. She is an active volunteer in a dozen local organizations and also a storyteller.
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What are the responsibilities of our board of directors?
Time commitment and responsibilities
The 7-member Board meets 8 times a year as well as the AGM, plus each Director is asked to serve on a committee. Our Board meetings are usually the 3rd Wed of the
month at 6 PM and the meetings run 1- 2 hours. We don’t meet Dec, July or August. The four committees set their own meeting times, the time commitment varies but the
suggestion is 2 hours within Board Meeting months. We are a “working Board” as our organization is small and we have a part time Executive Director (contract position).
The Revelstoke Hospice society maintains 4 Committees.
- Community Relations Committee: coordinates communication and connection with the greater community outreach: website, Facebook, other media, and events such as the Snowflake Ceremony; Hike for Hospice.
- Volunteer Committee: that is responsible for ‘core operations’ of providing hospice and PALS services, volunteer recruitment, training and retention of/for our approximately 25-35 Pals and Palliative Volunteers.
- Finance Committee: secures sustainable financial resources, develops and monitors Society Budget, supports ED with Grants/reporting.
- Governance Committee: Guides and Reviews Strategic Plan, bylaws, policy and Board development, review leadership competencies.
As part of our Strategic Plan the Hospice Board will work to attract funds to support expansion of services such as Education, training and Coordination of Volunteers, Palliative supports, Death Café, Bereavement Support Groups, Trauma Based Death Support, improved technology and tech support, social media and community engagement. We are excited to develop a new Strategic Plan in the fall of 2021 with help from a consultant to be hired through the Non Profit Advisor program of Columbia Basin Trust.