The Board of Directors are all community volunteers who are dedicated to improving support for their neighbours, friends and loved ones' who are experiencing palliative illness.
(We are accepting Board applications until a suitable candidate is found.)
Director: Candace Harnack - ADHS Board member since May of 2016. I was born in Calgary, but moved to the farm east of Airdrie when I was about 4 or 5. I was very fortunate to have been raised on the farm and have gained a huge appreciation for the meaning of community. I graduated from nursing in 1979. I have thought often if I would like to do something else. I cannot see myself doing anything different. I continue to work in my passion of nursing. I have had 2 personal experiences with palliative care. I decided to get involved with the Airdrie and District Hospice Society so that I could give back to the community that I am so proud to say that I am from. My goal is to see palliative care grow in this community so our citizens can stay here. I have 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren, who live in the Grande Prairie area.
Treasurer: Mary Pat Roche - ADHS Board Member since 2013. I have held Senior Accounting positions for many years and am currently Controller at Tyalta Industries Inc. I became involved with ADHS because I am passionate about there being support for end of life in Airdrie. Both my parents had to be moved to Hospices in their end stages of life and even though they received amazing care, I feel that we need to have the resources in our own community to support patients and their families at this critical time in their lives. I have lived in Airdrie since 1993.
Director: Lynda Hemsworth - ADHS Board member since March 2016. I feel like I have had experience with grief for most of my life. My father died when I was 9 years old and at that point went searching for answers. My career began as a special education teacher. I then worked in an adolescent treatment facility in charge of education. I completed my masters in ED Psych in 1992 and became registered in Alberta in 1995. I have worked as a school psychologist since and as well in private practice. I presently work in Early childhood services. Three years ago, my husband died of colorectal cancer after spending his final 10 days in a hospice up in Red Deer. It was an amazing experience and since then I have thought that this should be accessible to all people. I am passionate about hospice care and the journey of grief in general.
Director: Kelly Hegg - Kelly has been a board member since 2011 and on the founding committee he is dedicated to helping the community develop a Hospice and support for those going through life limiting illness. A member of Council since 2004, has lived in Airdrie for 20 years and he and his wife have two children. Kelly is Executive Assistant with the Calgary Public Teachers Association and as an educator has served as a school principal. He is Chair of the Community Services Advisory Committee, a member of the City of Airdrie Municipal Library Board and Airdrie Housing Ltd.
President: Lise Blanchette - Lise has been on the board since May 2011 and currently is the Board President. She is committed to the mission and values of ADHS , passionate about providing grief and palliative care through Hospice in Airdrie. She is an impassioned volunteer with extensive board experience who cares about the community and in giving voice to those in need. She has a breadth of experience in Not for Profit Boards over the past 30 years. Her work experience over the past 12 years has been in Not-For-Profit and prior to that was in program management expanding over 27 years with the Federal Government. She has lived in Airdrie for the past 11 years is married and has 3 children and five grandchildren.
Secretary: Lenore Haylow -
Director: Doug Lynch - ADHS Board Member since 2011 and on the founding committee. I am passionate about supporting the Airdrie community and in particular with end of life and hospice. Born in Houston, Texas, raised in Lafayette, La. Served 5 yrs. in the US Air Force, attended University of Southwest Louisiana & managed several large retail stores prior to immigrating to Canada in 1979. Retired as a Territory Manager of CenturyVallen after 30 years. Ordained to the Diaconate of the Catholic Church in 2004. Have resided in Airdrie since 1988. Married to Eileen (Radomske); we have 4 sons, and 7 grandchildren.
Vice President: Daria Skibington-Roffel - Daria has been involved with ADHS since 2010 in the capacity of web design and maintenance, and procedure manual development. She is deeply committed to serving the community and brings over 10 years of experience as a nonprofit Board member, and 25 years as a volunteer. She holds an Extension Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Mount Royal University, as well as a certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA). Daria is also working toward a certificate in Community Deathcare because she has found her calling. Her work and volunteer experience over the past 20 years has included web design, IT, Palliative Care, advocacy, trauma intervention, funeral administration, and medical administration, and nonprofit management.
Begin each day with a grateful heart.
Airdrie & District Hospice Society (ADHS)
Box 70014, Creekside RPO
Airdrie, Alberta T4B 0V9
Email: hospiceairdrie @gmail.com
Phone: 403 880.0424
Director: Arlene Phillips - Board Member since May of 2016. Member of ADHS since March 2016 she has 33 years combined hospital and teaching experience. She is an RN, facilitator, educator and counselor. Throughout her career she has had an interest in palliative care,believing that everyone has the right to die with dignity, without pain, in a comfortable and caring environment and with those they wish with them. She believes that Airdrie needs a hospice and will continue to advocate for one until it is a reality.
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