Board of Directors & Staff

 


For 2023-2024

The Four Tides Hospice Society is governed by a Board of Directors, who are directly responsible to the community for the effective management of the organization.

Malerie Meeker,  President

Retired for eight years, Malerie is busy with community volunteering; currently she facilitates the Caregivers Support Group for individuals caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or other form of dementia; she is coordinator of the Sunshine Gogos – Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign; and she is on the staff of The Barnacle – a quarterly news-periodical covering the people and events of Lund BC.

Malerie’s working career centered around inclusion and social justice. As Executive Director of Powell River Association for Community Living (PRACL, now inclusionPR) for 18 years, she helped to close institutions for people living with developmental disabilities and set up community-based services. After leaving PRACL, Malerie taught in the School and Community Support Worker program at Vancouver Island University (VIU), then helped to develop and taught in the Disability Studies Diploma program. In 2014, Malerie was awarded VIU’s “Distinguished Alumni – Service to Society Award”. She holds a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University. 

 

Maureen Tierney,  Vice President

Maureen is a retired social worker whose career included: co-ordinating the downsizing of a large institution for people with developmental disabilities and working with community organizations to move the residents to their new homes; working as Manager of Residential Care at the Ministry of Health, Community Care Facilities Branch; developing policy and draft legislation for residential care facilities, including Hospices; and as the Social Worker for a long-term care facility in Victoria.

Since moving back to Powell River in 2011, Maureen has been a member of The Seniors Community Council; co facilitated the Caregivers’ Support Group for individuals caring for a loved one with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia; coordinated fundraising events as a member of the Sunshine Gogos (Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign); and she is currently Vice President of qathet Friends of the Library Society.

 


Niky Burnett, Secretary

Niky grew up on Quadra Island. She moved to qathet Region District in 2017 with her partner Bill. Niky works as a Registered Nurse in Community Health. Seeing the amazing difference that Hospice volunteers and programming makes in our community, and the much needed Hospice House, made her want to join the Hospice Board.  In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking and playing with her Dog Waffles. 

 

 

 


Alice McCallum, Treasurer

Bio and picture coming soon.


Doreen Hopkins, Director

I am from the Tla’amin Nation, and am currently employed by Tla’amin Health.  I have had the pleasure of actively participating in many different projects within the Tla’amin community. I am honored and look forward to participating on the Four Tides Hospice Society Board. 

 


Sophie Call, Director

Sophie moved to beautiful Tla’amin territory in 2021 with her partner, Angela, following nearly two decades spent up in the Northwest Territories. She is an educator who has loved working in the classroom, as principal, at the district level, and for the ministry as director of innovation/change and inclusive schooling. She is thrilled to now be putting all her privilege, degrees, and experience to work as Director of Education for Tla’amin Nation. Sophie took a break from education in recent years in order to earn a master’s degree at UBC in Public & Pastoral Leadership, with a concentration in Spiritual Care through which she did her practicums at Vancouver General Hospital, supporting patients and staff through Covid. This is where the importance of good end-of-life care became so very apparent to her. She first joined Four Tides as a hospice volunteer and now also as a board member.


Dr. David May, Ex Officio

David is a full service family doc working in Powell River BC for the last twenty five years. He also works as an anesthetist and has a consulting practice in palliative care and chronic pain. He was a member of the Physician Support Program chronic pain planning committee and is a member of the Doctors of BC palliative care committee. He is a board director of the Powell River Division of Family Practice and physician lead on the Shared care committee palliative care and chronic pain initiative. He is a board director of the BC College of Family Practitioners. He is married with three kids and all of his family members are experts at keeping his ego in check!


Staff

Leslie Emory, Interim Executive Director

Leslie has a Masters of Social Work with a specialization in social service leadership. Most recently she held a leadership position within the immigrant and refugee serving sector for many years prior to which she worked within the non-profit sector offering employment and mental health supports. She has had the opportunity to contribute to a diversity of non-profit boards, coalitions and cross-sectoral collaborations.

Leslie has a passion for social innovation initiatives addressing barriers to access, community engagement and organizational development.


Sarah Joy Herzog, Client and Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah Joy Herzog has worked in the social work field for over 10 years and holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Calgary.  SJ is a macro-practice social worker passionate about community and group change.  

She has experience working with many different people including, young mothers, youth and adults who are homeless, individuals with exceptional abilities, survivors of trafficking and more.  Her work has also focused on advocacy and awareness around social issues and overseeing programs to ensure positive impact for clients.   SJ recently moved to PR from Ontario to live by the ocean.  She loves kayaking, hiking and searching for whales and seals!