HSCD Articles of Association and Bylaws

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2020-2021 Board of Directors

HSCD welcomes two new board members as of our 2020 AGM:
Janet Gartner and Diana Nelson-Findlay

Thank you both for the gift of your time and talents.

We say thank you and farewell to board member, Tim Vant, as he moves on to other endeavors.
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EXECUTIVE

President: Pam Cummer

Pam is a retired nurse who spent many years as a palliative nurse consultant with AHS. She states that she has been privileged to meet many individuals and families at a difficult time in their lives and, hopefully, together with the health care team, made 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 8 years. She is constantly amazed and grateful for the compassionate community we have here in Camrose. 

Vice-president: 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 through 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.

Treasurer: Bryan Lynka

Bryan works as an Accountant (CPA) at Grant Thornton in Camrose. While he does not have direct 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: Selina Read

Selina, having been part of a family business, brings  to Hospice a background in business and labor relations. She has used these skills in her work with the finance and fundraising committees.

She raised her two sons in the Camrose area where she has been a long-time resident. In her years here she has also served on the library board and the Crime Stoppers board. 

DIRECTORS

Director: Janet Gartner

Janet was born and raised in Strome, Alberta and has great childhood memories, growing up with three siblings on a farm.  She became a teacher and married at the age of 20 (to Mike Gartner).  She then taught in Fort McMurray and Boyle before stepping back to raise four children.  They moved back to the family farm in 2001 and she started teaching Preschool in Strome and substituting.  She continues to teach Preschool, currently in Forestburg and Viking.  Janet also works with Flagstaff Adult Learning as a “Building Blocks” coordinator teaching literacy to parents and their children.  Janet has been a member of Mission to Many, located in Viking for 8 years.  This involves local and international mission work.  She worked in Honduras and Guatemala as she travels every two years.  Janet states that she is at that stage of life of caring for her parents (mom had a stroke two years ago and suffers from aphasia) and trying not to be the “helicopter parent” to her grown children (ages 20, 22, 24, 26) "The Hospice Society is of interest to me.  I feel I would gain so much knowledge and would like to think I could offer some back."
 

Director: Diana Nelson-Findlay

Diana Nelson-Findlay is a Palliative Nurse Consultant for AHS, Central Zone covering the areas of Camrose, Bashaw and Daysland. She grew up in Camrose and graduated from nursing in 1987. She then returned to Camrose in 2000 and began working for Camrose Home Care. It was during that time that Diana became familiar with the importance of a palliative approach to care for many clients and decided to make this her main focus. Diana's husband Pat is a teacher in Camrose and they have two daughters both of which have entered into the medical field.

Director: Susanne Nickel

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Presently, Susanne works for AHS with Camrose Home Care. She has been with them for over 10 years and appreciates the experiences through this job. Working in the different areas have provided exposure to many different families and conditions,  as well as the strengths and needs of people. She also spent over 3 years with the palliative/acute team.

Susanne grew up in Calgary. Her post secondary schooling was done in Winnipeg with some theological study followed by RN studies at Grace hospital.  She married Randal in 1991 and moved to Calgary.

After a few years of nursing in the Foothills hospital in Calgary they decided to get involved in volunteer service overseas. Their first placement was for 3 years in Cairo, Egypt that had a teaching position for Randal. Susanne wasn’t able to use her nursing there due to language barriers so instead she taught English as a second language and connected with an orphanage.  They had their first child in Egypt.  Upon returning to Canada for a few years they were still were intrigued with doing more volunteer work with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) overseas.

Their next term was for 5 years in Beirut, Lebanon. Here they managed the program. Susanne became involved with migrant workers and Sudanese refugees and Randal ran the programs through Lebanese partners.  They raised 3 children there.

Upon returning to Canada in 2004 they decided to settle in Camrose to be closer to Randal’s parents.

Director: Kevin Sharp

Kevin has been a life long resident of Camrose. He is married to Nola and they have two children. He works in the agriculture industry at an equipment dealership. Kevin has a keen interest in the health and wholeness of the Camrose and area community and feels that the Camrose Hospice Society is a much needed branch of a healthy, whole community.