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Hospice Staff

Our dedicated staff work with the Board, Society Members, and Volunteers to ensure efficient delivery of all our programs and services to the community.
 

  • Executive Director - Teresa Ludvigson
  • Hospice Services Coordinator - Victoria Snow
  • Administrative Assistant - Blair Knoedler
  • Ty Watson House Manager - Chris Mellin
  • Ty Watson House Kitchen Supervisor - Gail Koehle
  • Ty Watson House Kitchen Assistant - Debbie Hesse
  • Ty Watson House Gardener - Valerie Deakin
  • Housekeeper - Shirley Reimer
  • Grief and Bereavement Counsellor - Marianne Bauml-Murray

Board of Directors

Robyn Monrufet - President

 

I have lived and worked in the Alberni Valley since 1975 and am a recently retired registered nurse with 49years of combined frontline nursing and management experience in acute and community care.

As a health care professional I have long been involved in the development of palliative and end of life care services within the Alberni Valley and the Vancouver Island Health Authority – And, I have been involved with Ty Watson House since its inception in 2007 having been responsible for the organization of clinical services including staffing models, policy guidelines, collaboration with Community Care Licensing, staff training and the day to day oversight of community palliative services.

Over the years I have been involved with many community organizations and one of my passions is to advocate for and improve the health of area residents. I strongly support the need for robust, compassionate end of life services both in Ty Watson House and in the community.

As my new role as President my vision for the society is the growth and the delivery of excellent palliative/end of life care, commitment to community and further developing and fostering solid working relationships with all our stakeholders.

I support the mission, vision and values of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and am committed to continuously pursue improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and quality while balancing service demands and budget limitations.

Rob Anderson - CPA, CA, Treasurer, Secretary

 

Rob’s diverse experiences includes an extensive number of owner-managed and family owned businesses, as well as a significant background in the audit and assurance field, including public company, not for profit, film and television, technology and public sector realms. Prior to purchasing the firm, he served as Chief Financial Officer for a variety of public sector junior mining and exploration companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Rob obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and spent his articling time with Staley Okada & Partners and Price Waterhouse Coopers in Vancouver, BC.

Rob’s main focus is providing auditing, accounting and taxation services to businesses and individuals in a variety of industries such as not for profit’s, public sector, construction, wholesale and retail, incorporated professionals, restaurants, and tourism industry to name a few.

He has a very focused dedication in developing and ensuring his relationships with his clients and understanding and meeting their needs and expectations are the firm’s number one priority.

Rob is currently completing year 2 of 3 of the C.P.A. In-Depth Tax program, Canada’s leading program for tax specialists.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Port Alberni Fundraising Co-op, which is known to be the first Community Service Co-op in Canada that operates a for profit business with the purpose of donating all their profits towards Charity. He also serves as a director and treasurer for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society which provides compassionate care, and promotes education and advocacy to individuals and their families facing life-limiting illness, death, and bereavement.

Outside of office life, Rob enjoys playing recreational hockey, slo-pitch softball, golf, traveling and spending time exploring the outdoors with his wife and his Rottweiler, Punk.

Shelley Chrest - Board Director

 

Shelley’s work background includes working as a Preschool Supervisor with special needs children and their families, and as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor, in the Inner City Schools Program in Vancouver. Shelley has also worked as a lawyer, both as a sole practitioner and as in-house counsel, as well as in various advisory roles, including in the area of employment standards, human rights and workers’ compensation. Shelley has extensive mediation experience, particularly in employment related disputes. She has held various appointments as an adjudicator in administrative law areas ranging from bylaw enforcement to property assessment appeals.

Shelley has travelled extensively, including solo travel for over three years living and travelling in various countries including India and Bangladesh. She and her spouse Peter love living in the Alberni Valley and show their commitment to the community through volunteer work.

Judy Dore - Board Director

 

Born and raised on the Island I married and moved to the Alberni Valley in 1963, raised two active sons, and thoroughly enjoyed a 35 year career in nursing at the old West Coast General Hospital. During these years I volunteered at Planned Parenthood.

Retiring in 1999, I remained busy with family, hobbies, and gardening, plus volunteering at the Community Policing Office. The then Executive Director of Hospice, Lyn Turner, came to our home to choose from some items my husband wanted to donate for fundraising (as he was a next door neighbour to the Watsons as a young lad, and knew them well). I casually mentioned volunteering; soon I got a call from Theresa, and was orientated to the House March of 2010.

Since then I have volunteered in the community and Ty Watson House kitchen, including sitting vigil both at the House and Hospital, covering a weekend a month on call, sitting as a member of the Board of Directors, and, most recently, assisting with the Planned Giving area by making calls to donors thanking them for their donations to such a worthy cause.

Truly, I feel that by being involved with Hospice I am in some way repaying a community that has given us so much over the years. Each and every time I enter this "Special House" I get a warm, fuzzy sensation. Life is good! Enjoy each and every moment!

Matthew Dearin - Board Director

 

Matthew Dearin is a Notary Public and partner at Clarkstone & Dearin Notary Corporation. Matt moved into the Alberni Valley in 2016 and his love of the Valley has grew while discovering the many outdoor adventures available and Port Alberni’s strong sense of community.

Matt’s work as a Notary allows him to meet with clients who are in hospice care at Ty Watson House. These appointments typically evolve around the preparation of a will or a power of attorney.

These first-hand experiences have allowed Matt to better understand the services the Alberni Valley Hospice Society offers and the importance of the Society to our community.

Matt has been an AVHS board member since June 2019 and is interested in further developing the AVHS Legacy Giving program which can be offered as part of people’s estate planning.

Marie Duperreault - Board Director

 

Marie Duperreault is the Director for the Alberni-Clayoquot region for Island Health. She started her career in Nursing in 2002 with a BScN working in a rural, remote First Nations community of Bella Bella, BC. Marie became the Director of Nursing at RW Large Memorial Hospital in Bella Bella until October 2006 when she moved to Vancouver Island to join KDC Health as a Community Health Nurse/Team Leader for the Kwakuitl First Nations at Ft. Rupert, BC. Marie started working for Island Health as a Manager for Mt Waddington Health Services in 2009. In 2011 she completed her MSN, and moved on to become the manager for Child, Youth and Family (Public Health) in Nanaimo and Ladysmith area in 2012.

Marie moved to the Port Alberni valley in March 2015 to take on the role of Director for Alberni-Clayoquot and her passion for rural health, integration of health services and improving the health status for Port Alberni/West Coast populations has been a focus to date. Marie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from working within many different healthcare disciplines and regions, and community partners.

Maureen McKenzie - Board Director

 

I have always taken pride in being born and raised in Port Alberni. I have a long family history in this community and a vested interest in the betterment of our community. I see the positive work the Alberni Valley Hospice Society has brought to this community. The support and care that is given to the individuals of our city, in what can be the most trying and vulnerable times of their lives, are immeasurable.

I have had the opportunities in my life to develop and build my career and experiences that I feel have made me appreciate the value of “community”. In my current profession as a realtor, I learned the importance of ethics, confidentiality, communication, conflict resolution and comprehension of bylaws. Prior to becoming a realtor, I owned an interior design business. Interior design not only allowed my talent of vision and creativity to unfold, but also allowed me the opportunity to work along with my clients collaboratively, bringing their ideas to fruition. I have also worked in policy and procedure development for safety and environmental standards with Mars Industries as an administrative assistant. I used my experience working at Queen Alexander Centre for Children’s Health and at West Coast General Hospital on the switchboard, the X-Ray dept and admitting, to further my compassion for people and to utilize my organizational skills and my professionalism in very intense environments.

Volunteerism through committee involvement is a value I believe strongly in. When I speak of my belief in the betterment of our city, I am speaking to the amazing work that so many of our committees in this town do for our community. I have been involved in many committees in my life here in Port Alberni such as Safety Days and EFAP. Volunteering on a committee can be hard work but rewarding work. This is so true to the current committee I have founded in Port Alberni, the 100+ Women Chapter which has been a tremendous success and has given me so much pride and pleasure to be a part of as it is incredibly impactful for our city.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my daughter, Sarah, my 2 rescue dogs and relaxing at my favorite place on Earth, Sproat Lake. I also enjoy walking, hiking, going to the gym, playing cards, and DIYing. Most of all I value the time I spend with family and friends.

I strongly believe that the end of our journey in life should be filled with comfort, love and support. End of Life Care and support should be, and can be, as beautiful as the life we bring into the world. I feel that the AVHS has ensured this to happen for many people, both directly and indirectly, in our community. I understand the importance of working in the best interest of the society and community. I stand proud of our “Community with a Heart” and feel that my forward thinking and inclusiveness of others would be an asset to assist in community events through the AVHS.

I am honored to be on the Hospice Society Board of Directors.

Gerri Sing - Board Director

 

Gerri Sing has an extensive background in global sales, marketing and strategic planning.

Second generation Port Albernian, Gerri was born and raised in the Alberni Valley, and a graduate of Alberni District Senior Secondary School. After leaving the Alberni Valley her post-secondary University studies took her to Victoria and Vancouver where she pursued studies in social work and criminology. Later as her interests shifted her educational path took her to Switzerland where she obtained a degree in hotel administration and management from the prestigious Glion Institute of Higher Education.

Following her studies abroad, Gerri cultivated a successful Tourism career in convention planning, destination marketing and strategic planning. During her career she held a range of senior management positions and led international sales & marketing initiatives for large international hotel and resort chains: Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons and Pan Pacifc.

Gerri’s skills were sought after by destination management organizations such as Tourism Vancouver, the Canadian Tourism Commission and the International Association of Congress and Conventions - all global leaders in the International Business Tourism market.

Gerri has provided consulting services to the organizing committees for the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi Russia 2014 as well as a number of privately held companies throughout British Columbia.

Becoming active with the board of AVHS allows Gerri to fulfill two passions - providing care for others and offering marketing support and long-term strategic planning for the longevity of the society.

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