Chair: Stacey Strilchuk
Stacey L. Strilchuk is the Executive Director of the Camrose Primary Care Network and current chairperson of the Hospice Society of Camrose and District (HSCD). It has been her privilege to serve in this capacity since August 2015.
Her major areas of interest in the health care system include developing and implementing quality and cost effective team based, patient centered care within the primary care setting. Stacey is above all interested in doing this work in a collaborative manner with engaged healthcare and community providers, and applying appropriate population health data and evidence based practice to local and provincial primary care priority initiatives that enhance a patient’s quality of life. This interest certainly aligns with the reason she serves and volunteers her time on the HSCD Board of Directors.
Vice-Chair: Pam Cummer
Pam is a registered nurse, presently working as a palliative nurse consultant with AHS. She states that she is privileged to meet individuals and families at a difficult time in their lives and, hopefully, together with the health care team, can make a difference for them.
She has a special interest in caring for people at end of life which was led her to working with the hospice society for the past 5 years. She is constantly amazed and grateful for the compassionate community we have here in Camrose.
Treasurer: Bryan Lynka
Bryan is one of the Society’s new board members, appointed at the AGM in September 2017. He currently works as an Accountant at Grant Thornton in Camrose and is working towards achieving a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. While he does not have experience with hospice care, he believes that this is a valuable service that helps patients and their families get the best care possible through difficult circumstances. He is also a supporter in helping out in areas that benefit the community as a whole and is looking forward to bringing his accounting experience to the Treasurer position.
Secretary: Rajan Rathnavalu
Rajan Rathnavalu is coordinator for the Spirit of the Land program at Augustana and co-founder of Newo Global Energy, a non-profit solar company. He helped develop and co-teaches the Hospice Volunteer Training Program and has served on the board since 2012.
Director: Janelle Wallace
As a child growing up on a farm outside of Camrose, the cycles of life and death became a pathway to personal discovery for Janelle. Curiosity about these wonders led her to education, compassion and seeking to support others, ultimately thorugh nursing and continuing care. She observed the isolation and loneliness that can accompany those who are facing sickness and suffering and as such, was compelled to work with Hospice. She considers the genuine commitment from the board and within our community to be rooted in a deep respect for life and the desire to see it maintained with dignity. She considers this to be a great and humbling task. When time allows, she enjoys a wide range of hobbies including hiking, kayaking, reading, working out, camping and playing Pokémon Go with her little boy.
Director: John Davis
John is pleased to be accepted onto the board of the Hospice Society of Camrose and District. He has often witnessed the great work that HSCD staff and volunteers do. He believes that this caring approach to dying is a much needed service in our community. John is the Director of Client Services with The Bethany Group and has a nursing background. He is hopeful that he can be a valuable member to this great organization.
Director: John Person
John Person has been a Camrose Hospice board member since its inception in 2011. Professionally, he has been actively involved in funeral service for over 25 years and considers it a privilege to serve the people of Camrose and district. He has a strong passion for the bereaved and believes all people should be able to die with dignity and respect. He truly believes that the Hospice Society continues to have a very positive impact on many individuals and families in the surrounding area.
Director: Pat Carlson
Elected to the board in 2017, Pat is a nurse employed with Alberta Health Services. Currently at Home Care in Bashaw, nursing is her second career; the first was in agricultural sales. Pat was born and raised about an hour east of Camrose on a mixed farm. She grew up in a small agricultural community and therefore has a great appreciation of the importance of community working together to accomplish mutual goals, in the best interest of the people of that community. In the past she has volunteered as a 4-H leader, as parent council advisory president, minor hockey team manager, on the parents for playground fund, the community hall board, hospital auxiliary, and for STARS.
Director: Treva Olson
Camrose has been Treva's home for 28 years. She teaches yoga and is actively involved in many social and environmental issues. Being involved in hospice care has been a passion for several years. Her greatest wish is that all beings be lovingly cared for as they live fully into death. Treva is one of HSCD's founding members.
Director: Wanita Toews
Wanita is a Licensed Practical Nurse of 26 years, the first 16 of those in St.Mary's Hospital and the Camrose Public School system; the last 10 years have been with Camrose Home Care. She loves the unpredictability of her current job, never knowing what's going to meet her at the door, the constant running outdoors, and the license to let people know that she truly cares about them and their well-being.