Board Of Directors
BOARD CHAIR / FUND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR / LEADERSHIP TEAM CHAIR
PCSBV is important to the community because it adds one more very important piece to the health care delivery model in comforting and supporting patients and families going through the palliative and end of life journey in the place they call home.
VICE CHAIR / RECORDING SECRETARY / OPERATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR
I have been involved in community initiatives on a number of fronts throughout my past 34 years in the Bow Valley; the palliative care/end of life care/hospice situation is one that has hit home within the past few years, with the passage of both my parents (in Drumheller), and the environments in which they spent their final months/days. I believe there are better, more comforting surroundings for a person’s final years, than those my late parents were in.
TREASURER / FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE CHAIR
I have followed the development of the Palliative Care Society and immediately saw the need for this kind of care in the Bow Valley. Since making Canmore my home in 2014, I have met many people and heard of the sad stories of spouses and other loved ones separated because 1 person needs care that isn’t provided in the valley. The added stress of travel to Calgary means that visits are limited and both parties suffer even more. While providing more beds for palliative care would be a great help to the Bow Valley, this society is planning so much more. I am very excited to join in this work.
LEADERSHIP TEAM / COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR
I honestly believe that the end of life can be a time of great love and peace. Having a palliative care facility located in the shadows of our beautiful mountains will provide all families in the Bow Valley with a place of comfort and care for both the patient and their family, during this time of transition. And importantly, people will not need to travel back and forth Calgary to access such a facility during such a challenging time.
Dr. H. Penney Gaul
LEADERSHIP TEAM / PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR
I think it is really important to educate our community about the meaning of Palliative Care and how it can improve the quality of life of both the patient and their families. Terminal illness are frightening and a tremendous cause of stress, anxiety and grief. The PCSBV programs will be able to help and support patients and their families as they go through this journey.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIR
It is my passion to enable cross-continuum care coordination that allows individuals to make choices about staying at home and at the same time having a wonderful place to spend their last days in the splendor of the Bow Valley. Given the demographics of the Bow Valley population, I believe that PCSBV has a role to play in design for rural populations that supplements the excellent work of the existing AHS Palliative Teams. I hope I can give back to the community some of the expertise acquired through my career with health.
Dr. Martin Tweeddale
GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Although Alberta is one of the better provinces, support for neither the palliative nor the end-of-life components of PEOLC (especially the former) are well-developed across Canada with only 15 to 30 per cent access at best. "Full spectrum” palliative care should be available locally to all communities. The full extent of palliative and end-of-life care and the opportunity “full spectrum” palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and caregivers along the entire palliative journey.
Dr. Catharine Hinds
I am constantly impressed with the dedication and passion of my fellow PCSBV board members.. We are a good team and progress has been significant. It is exciting for me to be involved with our new Loss and Grief Program, and I look forward to its launch. Again we have a dedicated and passionate group who see the value for such a program.
We have come a long way since I started with the society at a grass roots level.
Those living in the Bow Valley are deeply connected to a sense of place here - each in their own way. The work of the PCSBV seeks to provide compassionate and caring offerings locally - ensuring this connection is unbroken and void of disruption during challenging times. To see a local, residential hospice come to fruition here would be a gift for the community at large - a goal worth working towards!
What excites me about the work of the PCSBV is the dream of building a hospice home for all Bow Valley residents and getting to a stage where the PCSBV's programs are known to all who need them across the Valley and, ultimately, to see the positive impacts of these programs for people.