Directors and Staff
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Vancouver after 15 years abroad. 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 began when she took a semester off from college to participate in her grandmother's final stages of caregiving. She was also a hospice volunteer with the Metropolitan Jewish Health System in New York.
- Executive Director: Simin Tabrizi
- Accounts Manager: Mary Jean Rodriguez
- Clinical Coordinator: Pat Richardson, RN, BScN, CHPCN(c)
- Administrative Coordinator: Corry Chaplin
- Home Hospice Coordinator: Janice Oakley
- Clinical Counsellors: Kayla Hochfelder, RCC; Kathryn Nicholson, MMT, RCC
- Dr. Catriona Aparicio
- Dr. Karla Pederson
- Dr. Gloria Huang
- Dr. Randell Moore
- Dr. John O'Brien