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Barb Gagatek


Barb is a retired teacher with 37 years of experience in School District #6; she is currently working as a Teacher on Call. Barb was born in Invermere and has strong ties to the community through her teaching experiences, family, friends, her church and her volunteer opportunities. She is an “End of life” and “Bereavement” visitor for the Hospice society. During her free time she enjoys singing with the Valley Voices, running, mountain biking, skiing, hiking and almost any activity outside. She lives in Invermere with her husband and she has two grown daughters.


Daneve McAffer

Chair of Events Committee

Daneve was born in Canmore and attended the University of Alberta (U of A), graduating with a degree in physical therapy. She worked in ICU, Cardiac Recovery and in a Palliative Home Care Program at the U of A Hospital.
Daneve then worked part time as a physio for Corrections Canada. This gave her the opportunity to start her consulting firm in the areas of organization and interpersonal development.
She retired in 2010 and moved back to the mountains she loves. Daneve’s compassion has led her to volunteering for the Hospice Society, completing her “End of Life” and “Bereavement Visitor” training in the spring of 2015. This has led her full circle, supporting clients at the end of their life and the grief of losing someone they love.
Daneve’s greatest joy is spending her free time with her husband, Doug and her children and grandchildren. She loves being back in the mountains and is enjoying the many activities the Columbia Valley offers.


Maureen Fjeld


Maureen graduated from the University of Toronto in Physical and Occupational Therapy. Started her career at the University Hospital in Edmonton and then later moved to Calgary when she married.  From the Calgary General Hospital she worked as part of a Rural Rehabilitation Team offering physiotherapy services to small rural hospitals outside of Calgary.
After the births of her three children she became involved with Prenatal Care and Breastfeeding Peer Support. In 1987 Maureen became the first International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in Alberta and opened the Calgary Breastfeeding Centre where she provided consultations for new families and education for professional staff until her retirement in 2014.
Maureen’s family had a vacation home in Radium Hot Springs since 1990, and in 2014 Maureen as a widow, became a full time valley resident. Becoming a member of the Hospice Board is a privilege, and provides an important volunteer opportunity to support her passion of supporting hospice care for families.
Maureen is also involved with the Slow Food Columbia Valley Leadership Team. She enjoys her three adult children and two granddaughters.  Living in this community enriches her life in so many ways.


Dodie Marcil


Dodie graduated from Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg as an Operating Room Technician in 1973.
She earned a Diploma in Management and Administration at Mount Royal Collage, Calgary in 1990.
She spent her 35 year career in Surgical Services Division of Calgary Health Services in several management positions.
Dodie and her husband retired and relocated from Calgary to Canal Flats in 2006.Dodie grew up in a small town which relied on, thrived and prospered because of volunteerism, indeed she believes this is how small communities work. Dodie has joined the Hospice Society Board because she believes in the need for hospice support and feels she can contribute to its success and development.
Dodie enjoys all outdoor activities, favorites being hiking and golf. Her passion, however is gardening, she can lose herself in the garden for hours.
Dodie is a beginning artist and a founding Director of the Headwaters Arts Society which was incorporated in 2011, and she is Secretary of the Canadian Cancer Society- Columbia Valley Unit.


Carole Ruault

Chair of Education Committee

I was born and raised in Invermere and  love the community.  Working as a community care nurse has provided me with experience of seeing how valuable Hospice volunteers are in supporting clients and families to  embrace death and dying.
With the Bereavement education this also supports families after to work through the losses they have felt. I am excited to take the Bereavement education so I can understand and support the Hospice society in those health aspects as well.
I am looking forward in representing the health perspective in my role as a board member.


Linda Herbert

Board Member

I have worked as a family physician for 33 years.  I relocated from Lethbridge, AB to this beautiful valley in 2017 and was introduced to Hospice during my medical practice in Invermere.  The value of the bereavement and end of life care is priceless, the people  I have met through hospice are amazing.  Upon my retirement, I have the privilege of being more involved in Hospice.  I have completed the bereavement care training and hope to complete the end of life care training in September.  I am privileged to be on the board.

In my free time I enjoy time with my husband, friends and family, usually on a hike or kayak trip, or over dinner. I love walks with my dog in the pure mountain air.


Laura Cuthbertson

Board Member

Laura holds and Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and brings organizational leadership and management experience in both the public and private sectors. Laura feels privileged for the opportunity to contribute to the HSCV through her knowledge of human resource management, adult education, strategic planning, change management, process design and organizational effectiveness.

Laura, originally from Calgary, feels fortunate to have been able share in the splendour of this amazing valley since 1983 when her family established a vacation home here.  Laura made Windermere her permanent home in 2018 after her husband’s passing. Having benefited directly from the services of HSCV, Laura understands the value, importance and impact of our programs in our community. She is passionate about advocating for and contributing to the ongoing success of the services and programs offered by HSCV.

Laura enjoys spending time with her family, being on the water, golfing, kayaking, bridge, skiing, hiking, walking with friends and sharing a good laugh.

Michèle Neider

Executive Director

Michèle completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Québec in Chicoutimi. She then moved to British Columbia to study English.

For over 20 years she specialized in community development collaborating with numerous agencies and groups from governmental and non-profit sectors, as well as individuals.

Since 1985, Michèle has been involved in PRH (Personality and Human Relations) completing the Formation Program and receiving her diploma in counselling.

In 2005 Michèle completed a Master’s in Education from the University of Calgary. Michèle’s career has included serving as Executive Director of the bi-national Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Manager of Family Services with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Community Development Coordinator in the cities of Coquitlam and Surrey, and most recently as Director of Program Management with Family Dynamix Association in Invermere.

Michèle and her husband have been permanent residents in the Columbia Valley for the past seven years.

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Gayle Dougall


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