Leadership Team & Departments

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.

 

Kevin Harter
Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Kevin 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. Kevin has spent the last twenty years ensuring that seniors, and those nearing the end of life, receive the best possible quality of care. He was formerly the President and CEO of York Care Centre, the largest long term care facility in New Brunswick, and the Executive Director of AGE-WELL, a national innovation hub, engaging in research aimed at improving the delivery of care for older Canadians and their caregivers. 

Wayne Powell CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, 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, so that donors, partners, and the community know their contributions are focused on the best possible patient and family care.

 

Rod Braithwaite
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. McGregorDr. Douglas McGregor
Medical Director

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. 
 

Marney Thompson
Director of Psychosocial Services

Marney joined Victoria Hospice as a community counsellor in 1994. She has worked on the unit, in the community, and on the PRT providing counselling for ten years; as a bereavement counsellor for eight years; and as the bereavement coordinator for the past six years. Marney was the first counsellor in Canada trained in Complicated Grief Treatment and co-authored the textbook Transitions in Dying and Bereavement: A Psychosocial Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care. As Director of Psychosocial Services, Marney leads a dedicated team of inpatient, community, spiritual health, child and youth, and bereavement counsellors.
 

Shannon Wilson 
Interim Director of Nursing

Shannon has had multiple roles within Island Health as an RN, LPN, and HCA prior to joining Victoria Hospice as Clinical Nurse Leader. Her varied nursing background includes work in medicine (specifically oncology), surgery, and cardiology. Serving as Interim Director of Nursing Shannon leads, advocates for, and supports a team of inpatient and palliative response team community nurses.

 

Tom Arnold
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.

Quality palliative and end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement through patient and family centred care, education, research and advocacy.