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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.
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 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 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.
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.
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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