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Directors and Staff


Stephen Roberts


Stephen joined the VHS Board of Directors in September 2013, and assumed the role of Chair in September 2015. He also co-chaired the 2013, 2014, and 2015 VHS Butterfly Galas, and chaired the 2015 Hike for Hospice.

A native of British Columbia, Stephen recently retired from a career in investment banking research in which he worked overseas for many years. His responsibilities as a COO included operations and administration, budgeting, HR, compliance, risk management, and new business due diligence. Stephen now spends his time in the non-profit sector, serving on a number of boards. In addition to his involvement with VHS, he also chairs the Salt Spring Hospice Society Board, and is Vice Chair of the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation on Saltspring Island as well as Secretary of the Memorial Parks Society in Sidney, BC.

Stephen's personal connection to hospice stems from the experiences of his mother, who was able to benefit from the compassionate care of a hospice, and his father who unfortunately was not.


Pam Vidalin


Pam is originally from Humboldt Saskatchewan. She did her nursing education at SIAST Institute, and BSN at University of Saskatchewan. After graduation she worked as a RN in City Hospital in Saskatoon, and then joined

Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals in Regina... which is what brought her to Vancouver in 1992.

Currently Pam is raising her teenage children, working as an executive assistant, and running a small company called Are You Prepared. This company sells Earthquake kits while raising money for local charities.

Pam and her family were the hands in the Vidalin Family Foundation that helped fund the Executive Director in the early days of conception of the Vancouver Hospice Society.

The Vidalin Family Foundation closed its doors in June 2014, but supported the VHS in many ways through the earlier years.


Elaine Pritchard


Elaine Pritchard joined the board in 2013, and currently serves as its Secretary. She cares deeply about our Hospice, its staff and volunteers. She has over 30 years experience in Radio Broadcasting and has done a

myriad of jobs from morning show co-host to talk show producer. Elaine currently is the "Eye in the Sky" on CKNW's Jon McComb Show.


Anna Feglerska


Anna joined the VHS Board of Directors in September 2014. Having grown up in Poland, Anna moved to Vancouver in 1994 to attend Law School at the University of British Columbia. After graduation, she articled and practiced law

in the area of commercial litigation at a large national Canadian law firm. Currently she is Senior Vice President at Marsh where she advises a number of public companies and their boards on complex directors' and officers' liability issues including public offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions, governance, and insurance design. Until recently, Anna also sat on the board of the UBC Law Alumni Association.

Anna's personal connection to hospice is through the death of her father who, after a prolonged illness and despite his family's wishes to the contrary, died in a hospital and was not able to benefit from hospice care.


Jonathan Ricci


Jon joined the VHS Board of Directors in November 2014 as the Treasurer. Born and raised in Vancouver, Jon is a Chartered Accountant by trade and works with a variety of companies of all sizes. He specializes in assurance

services for the technology and consumer products clients and spent two years in Australia on a secondment broadening his experiences. For the past 11 years, Jon has sat on Strata boards acting as Treasurer and enjoys diving into the numbers.

In his spare time, Jon enjoys skiing, playing with his nieces, learning about new technologies and traveling. He always his next trip planned out. Jon is very grateful for the opportunity to work with VHS and be a small part of the amazing work done here.


Patricia Lloyd


Financial mentoring has been a lifetime passion for Patricia Lloyd, who has been working professionally in wealth management since 1994. She has seen first-hand the impact of both positive and negative financial decisions and the

impact of family dynamics on their financial health. Her compassionate and candid style enables her to develop strong, trusting relationships with her clients and her desire to address the elephant in the room ensures that Pat's clients get more that just financial advice - they get life-changing advice.

When Patricia is not mentoring clients, she enjoys skiing, playing squash, and sharing the fabulous food and restaurants of Vancouver with her husband Mark. Patricia is a member of theVancouver Club, has served as a Director of the Womens' Committee at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (RVYC), is a past Commodore of the Jericho Sailing Centre, a member of the Blue Gavel, and she is in the Founder's Circle of La Chaine des Rotisseurs at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (Coal Harbour). Currently she serves on the Board for the Vancouver Hospice Society, a volunteer position supporting the Hospice Home at 4615 Granville Street in Vancouver.


Ronda Tuyp


Recently retired Palliative Nurse Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health, Ronda is an advocate for compassionate end of life care that focuses on the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of patients while respecting

the wishes and quality of life of those living with a terminal illness.

Ronda has been involved with the Vancouver Hospice Society since the launching of the hospice building campaign in 2007, as a volunteer, fundraiser, and clinical advisor.


Doug Hunter, MBA


Doug joined the VHS Board of Directors in 2008 and assisted in the acquisition of the Hospice property on Granville Street in 2009. As Chairman of the Building Committee, he participated in the planning and construction of the

Hospice which was completed in 2012.

Doug also assisted in the process of selecting and leasing the HOB and HOB Too retail store locations on Dunbar and in Kerrisdale which provide a steady source of funds for VHS.

After standing down in 2012, Doug returned to the Board in 2015.

Doug is a retired business executive, having served many years as Executive Vice President for a major Canadian company where he oversaw the real estate development and property management activities in Western Canada.


Salima Remtulla


Salima Remtulla is a finance executive with international experience directing corporate strategy and building high-performance teams. She is Vice President, Operations & Corporate Strategy at Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel, a role she transitioned into in 2015 when she returned to her childhood home in Vancouver after 15 years abroad, primarily in London, New York, and San Francisco. Previously, Salima was the COO of Global Private Investing at the D. E. Shaw Group, a pre-eminent hedge fund based in New York City. She is a graduate of Yale University and a Palmer Scholar of the Wharton School of Business, from which she holds an MBA. In the community, Salima serves on a strategic Think Tank in the Ismaili Community and on the Royal Columbian Hospital's Redevelopment Cabinet. Her interest in hospice care was sparked when she took a semester off from college to participate in her grandmother's final stages of caregiving, and she was previously an in-patient unit hospice volunteer with the Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS) in New York. She is passionate about new experiences, keyboard shortcuts, travel, and dance (the kind you do when nobody's watching).

  • Executive Director: Simin Tabrizi
  • Business Administrator: Mary Jean Rodriguez
  • Clinical Coordinator: Pat Richardson, RN, BScN, CHPCN(c)
  • Administrative Coordinator: Corry Chaplin
  • Home Hospice Coordinator: Janice Oakley
  • Clinical Counsellor: Kathryn Nicholson, MMT, RCC
  • Dr. Catriona Aparicio
  • Dr. Karla Pederson
  • Dr. Gloria Huang
  • Dr. Randell Moore
  • Dr. John O'Brien