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Director: Tamara Laschinsky - ADHS Board member since 2018. Tamara has always had a passion for well-being and health care. She is self-employed and is the owner of Lifestages Holistic Healing. She uses her degree in Business Administration, Sales & Marketing and E-Commerce to help raise awareness about the Airdrie & District Hospice Society and to work with the other members to make the dream of Airdrie having it's own Hospice centre a reality.

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.

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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.

Executive Director: Lise Blanchette - Lise served on the board from May 2011 until March of 2019. We are pleased to announce that she has been hired as our Executive Director. 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 professional 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:  Pam Kelly - 

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. 

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Director: Dr. Derick de Waal - I am a family physician with a medical practice based in Airdrie.  In my nearly three decades of work as a physician, I have been involved in all aspects of patient care from pregnancy through to end of life.  I believe that comfortable and supportive end of life care should be available to patients and their loved ones in our community.  I am also currently serving as a member of the Highland Primary Care Network Board; and I am a clinical lecturer with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.  I am married with 2 grown daughters.

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.

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Director: Agnes Kozak - ADHS Board member since 2018. I attended University of Calgary, Faculty of Education, and taught elementary school. I was the owner-operator of a grain farm over 35 years. I have five children and twelve grandchildren. Being one of the youngest in a family of twelve children and having lost my parents and six siblings, as well as my own husband, to various diseases and/or old age, has given me a lot of experience in giving emotional and physical support to my loved ones. It is my desire to give support in my community as well.

Director: Cathy Buchanan - Cathy joined the Board in April 2019 and has a keen interest in seeing a hospice operating in our city.  Placing our citizens so far from their families adds an additional stress to a very difficult situation. Cathy holds a Honours degree in History and Political Studies as well as a B.Ed. from Queen’s University.  She taught previously in Ontario and in RockyView School Division.  Having lived in Airdrie since 1984, she has served on the boards of the Nose Creek Park Society, Kids First Parent Association, the city’s Social Planning and Community Services Advisory Boards as well as the Airdrie Library Board. She served for seven years on the Calgary Rockyview Child & Family Services Regional Authority. Cathy’s husband died in December 2015; she has three grown children and raised a fourth for twelve years; she has three grandchildren with a fourth on the way.

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Airdrie & District Hospice Society (ADHS)
Box 70014, Creekside RPO 
Airdrie, Alberta T4B 0V9

Email: hospiceairdrie @gmail.com 

Phone: 403 880.0424

​​​Our Mission:

We seek to enhance community capacity by promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.


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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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Have you been advised by an Alberta Health Services Palliative Consultant (Physician, Nurse, or Nurse Practitioner), to select hospice care for a loved one?

Visit the Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone websitefor End of Life Care Information, including a listing of hospices in the area.