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
Sandy Thygesen, Director
Rosemary Kelsall, Director
Community Relations Committee
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.