May 28, 2018
Announcement from Marguerite Rowe, Chair, Victoria Hospice Society Board
After five years, Mischelle vanThiel has chosen to step down as CEO of Victoria Hospice to move on to other opportunities. Over the coming months, we will conduct a search for a new CEO. In the meantime, Wayne Powell has assumed Mischelle’s responsibilities as Interim CEO.
Mischelle led Victoria Hospice through a period of great stability, managing a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who play an integral role in the success of the organization. We are grateful for her leadership and advocacy for end-of-life care on Vancouver Island.
Each department at Victoria Hospice reports through their Department Leader to our CEO. The CEO reports to the Boards of both the Victoria Hospice Society and the Victoria Hospice Palliative Care Foundation.
Wayne Powell CPA, CMA
Interim CEO & Chief Financial Officer
As Interim CEO, Wayne leads a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. He works in close collaboration with the Leadership Team to ensure the delivery of palliative care services; develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders; effectively administer planning and operations; secure adequate financial and human resources; and actively promote and safeguard the integrity of Victoria Hospice. Wayne brings an extensive background in both public and private sector corporate finance, project and contract management, as well as non-profit sector governance and operations experience. Accountability and transparency are paramount in his role as CFO, so that donors, partners, and the community know their contributions are focused on the best possible patient and family care.
Chief Operating Officer
Since 1993, Rod has held several leadership positions in the business operations of Victoria Hospice, primarily in the areas of financial management, project management and information technology. He brings a wealth of organizational knowledge to his current role as Chief Operating Officer. Working directly with our CEO, Rod is responsible for designing and implementing strategies, policies and procedures that support and advance our vision, mission and values. He oversees our operations to ensure efficiency, functionality and drive sustainable growth.
Dr. Douglas McGregor
Dr. Douglas McGregor trained in Internal Medicine and General Practice in the UK, with particular focus in Diabetes care. He came to Canada in 1991 and worked in the Vernon Cancer Centre until 2001 as Clinical Assistant in Oncology. During this time he developed his interest in Palliative Care. He worked in Vancouver as Regional Medical Director for Palliative Care with responsibility for Cottage Hospice and part time in BCCA Pain and Symptom Management clinic. In 2012 he received the BCCA Community Care Award. He is now Medical Director of Victoria Hospice.
Director of Clinical Services
In her role as Director, Clinical Services, Wendy is responsible for the effective administration of our Nursing Services team and our Psychosocial Services team. Our nursing team is responsible for nursing care for our patients and families, both within our 17-bed unit and in the community. The staff of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and nursing unit assistants work in cooperation with our other clinical and non-clinical employees and volunteers, as well as the VIHA Home and Community Care Nursing staff. The Psychosocial Services team includes counsellors, social workers, a Child & Youth counsellor and a Spiritual Care Coordinator. The team provides psychosocial services to patients and their families from registration to bereavement, including advocacy, mediation, practical support (e.g. estate & funeral planning,) counselling (e.g. grief & loss), and team support. Both nursing and psychosocial staff provide educational programs and presentations for staff and volunteer orientation, courses and conferences, and are involved in program evaluation and research.
Director of Fund Development
Tom is the Director of the Fund Development team and specializes in the area of major gifts and grants. He is a key relationship builder between Victoria Hospice’s caregivers and counsellors, and the generous families, community members, and foundations who make their work possible. Each year, fundraising accounts for almost half of Hospice's annual operating budget. Funds are raised from a variety of sources including: annual donations (from more than 6,000 individuals); major gifts from individuals, fundraising events, businesses and foundations; and legacy gifts including bequests, donations of publicly-listed securities, life insurance, and other options. Donations are tax-deductible and critical to Hospice's ongoing operations. Funds raised each year provide direct support for patients and families in Hospice's end-of-life programs.
Helena Daudt, PhD
Director, Education & Research
Helena holds a PhD in Toxicology from Simon Fraser University, a Masters degree in Immunology, a BSc in Biological Sciences and university level certifications in Education, Teaching and Learning. Prior to joining Victoria Hospice, she was Manager of Clinical Research at the BC Cancer Agency - Vancouver Island Centre, where she also co-led the Supportive Care Research Centre. She has years of experience as a university professor and researcher. She is focused on working with interdisciplinary teams, patients, and families to undertake projects that support and advance frontline care. Helena oversees Victoria Hospice’s education and research initiatives, partnering with other departments, academics, and the community to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative solutions to enhance the quality of life for those facing advancing illness, death, and bereavement.