Our Leadership Team

Leading with Care and Compassion

Leadership Team

  • Kevin Harter
    Chief Executive Officer
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  • Wayne Powell CPA, CMA
    Chief Financial Officer
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  • Marney Thompson
    Director of Bereavement Services
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  • Lois Cosgrave
    Director of Strategic Development
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  • Wendy Innes
    Director of Fund Development
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  • Jen Cooper
    Manager of Communications & Marketing
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  • Sarah Beihse
    Manager Volunteer Services
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  • Shaun Lorhan
    Director of Education & Research
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  • Kristine Gagnon
    Strategic Development Coordinator
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Kevin Harter

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 20 years ensuring that seniors, and those nearing the end of life, receive the best 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.

Wayne Powell CPA, CMA

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.

Marney Thompson

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 six years. Marney was the first counsellor in Canada trained in Prolonged Grief Treatment and co-authored the textbook 'Transitions in Dying and Bereavement: A Psychosocial Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care.' As Director of Bereavement Services, Marney leads a dedicated team of highly trained bereavement counsellors.

Lois Cosgrave

Lois has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare and a wealth of expertise in strategic planning, partnership-building, and program development with focus on community health, seniors care, and palliative and end-of-life care. Prior to joining Victoria Hospice in 2019, Lois was the Director of the Palliative and End of Life Care at Island Health. Creative and solutions-focused, she thrives on finding opportunities to improve organizational quality. Lois led Victoria Hospice through its first process of accreditation resulting in Accreditation with Commendation from Accreditation Canada. She is currently developing our strategic vision for future programs and services alongside our Board of Directors and in consultation with myriad stakeholders. Lois holds a Master of Nursing from the University of Victoria and was the 2014 recipient of the National 3M Health Care Quality Team Award.

Wendy Innes

Wendy is a fundraising professional with 16 years of experience in leading high-impact events, projects and campaigns through fundraising, public relations, and community engagement initiatives. For nine years she has held progressively senior fundraising roles at Victoria Hospice, most recently Senior Development Officer, Community Relations and Events and Interim Director. Wendy considers it an honour and privilege to connect our community to the meaningful work of Hospice’s compassionate care team. She is values driven and passionate about leading teams to achieve their goals and make a positive impact.

Jen Cooper

Jen is responsible for creating and executing internal and external communications and marketing strategies to advance the mission of Victoria Hospice. A collaborative, values-driven professional, Jen has 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector (in events, fundraising, and strategic communications) in Halifax, Toronto, and Victoria. Since joining Victoria Hospice in 2016, she has built a small team, joined several organizational committees, and chaired the Staff Support and Wellness Committee for three years. She considers it a privilege to meet patients and families on their end-of-life journeys and to promote the work of our compassionate care team through advocacy and heart-centred storytelling.

Sarah Beihse

Sarah specializes in community development and program bridging. With expertise including administrative process and volunteer recruitment and support, Sarah oversees Victoria Hospice's Volunteer Services department with over 300 active Victoria Hospice volunteers. Sarah's previous experience includes Manager of Volunteer Resources - Mental Health & Substance Use Services - at the Queen Alexandra Centre, and Volunteer Support and Recruitment Coordinator at the Cool Aid Society.

Shaun Lorhan

A dynamic and collaborative leader and facilitator, Shaun Lorhan has 25 years of healthcare leadership experience. From 2016 – 2022 Shaun held progressively senior roles at Island Health including Director of Primary Care Strategy. Prior to that she was a Manager at BC Cancer Agency for fifteen years focused on enhancing the patient experience. Shaun has a strong track record of building and managing successful teams in quality improvement, patient-centred research, and program development. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Arts in Leadership & Training from Royal Roads University.

Kristine Gagnon

With 20 years of hospice palliative care experience in BC and Ontario, Kristine is skilled in the delivery of frontline psychosocial support, program development, volunteer management, and leadership. She joined Victoria Hospice in 2019 to initially serve as the Accreditation Coordinator providing support and guidance as Victoria Hospice prepared for its first standalone Accreditation survey. Kristine lent her extensive leadership skills to the Volunteer Services team as Interim Director for one year until January 2022 when she began this new and vital role of program and service development related to our strategic expansion. No matter the role, Kristine is always focused on quality improvements and systems infrastructure to support the organization as it develops new and enhanced programs and services for people and their loved ones on their end-of-life journey.  

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