Janine has been a Director on the board of the Dr. REM Lee Hospital Board since 2013, helping on the way in Fundraising and Events planning; a role close to her heart as she does the same for her Marketing role at MacCarthy GM. In her spare time, Janine can be found walking, camping up some random forest service road somewhere or training to continue the Pacific Crest Trail hike she started in 2018. Her love for the Hospital Foundation came when Janine cared for a grandparent who was in hospice for months. It was then that Janine realized she wanted to see improved care in our community to equip those care providers that help our loved ones daily.
Dianne joined the Dr. REM Lee Hospital Foundation in September of 2007. Dianne is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. She retired from her job as Branch Manager at RBC in Terrace in 2015. Dianne and her husband have lived in Terrace since 1982 and raised their 5 children here.
Due to first hand experience as a family member to a patient, and because of the love and care that the staff gave her daughter while she was in palliative care in the hospital here, Dianne is passionate about the Hospital Foundation’s work regarding enhancement to health services at Mills Memorial Hospital and Terrace View Lodge.
“Because Terrace did not have dialysis at the time my daughter needed that service, she had to live in New Westminster to get that service. She was not healthy enough to have a Kidney transplant and did not tolerate the dialysis well. She passed away in 2005.
Having all the health services and equipment that people in the north need for their health care is very important to me and I am pleased to help work towards this goal.”
As an English as a Second Language Instructor, Heather spent much of her working life overseas in Pakistan teaching Afghan refugees. Heather’s journey eventually led her over the border into Afghanistan, where she participated in the re-building efforts, creating beautiful, income-generating Parks with women, children and the war-wounded. Heather saw firsthand the powerful healing impact of working together to create garden/Park spaces that provided joy to many.
Being part of the Dr. REM Lee Hospital Foundation, is a lot like gardening. Instead of nurturing flowers, we are helping grow our community by supporting the healthcare providers at Mills Memorial Hospital. It’s an impact with lasting benefits!
Gayle Appleton Director – Equipment Committee
Gayle has been a Registered Nurse in the northwest for over 40 years and has enjoyed working with and supporting patients, clients and students in the acute care, community health and health education settings, until retirement in 2015. Now in retirement, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle the northwest has to offer. She has been a director since 2010, involved mostly with the equipment and finance committee. Because she is a member of the REMLee Hospital Foundation, she is able to continue to support the enhancement of health care in our local area.
Director – Equipment Committee
During his time as an active member of the Mills Memorial Hospital medical staff he was impressed by the efforts of the REM Lee Foundation in fundraising for hospital equipment not normally provided by the health authority/government. After retirement, he felt he would like to use his background and experience to assist the Foundation in both decision making for equipment requests and explaining to community groups the needs and uses of the equipment being requested.
Michelle Taylor, has strong roots in the community, growing up here, leaving to explore the world and then moving back to Terrace in July 2007. While away she lived and worked in Vancouver, Prince George and Kamloops. When she moved back she operated a home based business, held contracts with Kermodie Tourism, ELAN Travel, BC Winter Games and the Canadian Cancer Society. Michelle has been the Executive Director of the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce since January 2017. She also is the Emergency Support Services Director for the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine and the City of Terrace. Michelle has had the pleasure of sitting on the Dr. R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation board since 2018 and is proud of the support the Foundation provides to fund much needed equipment in our community.
Born and raised in Terrace B.C., she is currently working two casual jobs in Northern Health as a Staffing Clerk and Home Support Scheduler. She spends most of her time outdoors with her dogs exploring this beautiful place we get to call home.
She wanted to be a part of the Foundation because she enjoys being able to help out in the community and has always been interested in the health care system. She enjoys finding ways to help and donating her time towards a good cause that makes people happy .
Ron has been Chair of the Dr. REM Lee Hospital Foundation since 2010. In 2003 he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Community Volunteering and it’s easy to see why. He has contributed his talents and enthusiasm to a variety of societies: Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department, Kermode Friendship Society, the Laxghelts Community Law Society, Rotary, Terrace Tourism Council, Northern Health Authority and most recently Director of Gingolx Development Corp.
A Commercial fisherman and Skipper of his own vessel, Ron enjoys the amazing wealth of natural beauty from the Pacific Ocean fjords and inlets to the lush cedar-covered mountains where he resides. From 1999 to the present, Ron has also managed sales for CFNR Radio Network, and has been key in not only leading, but helping promote fundraising efforts of the Hospital Foundation. The “Kitsumkalum Walk for Health” with Ron and his Terrace neighbours has been an event that the community and our sponsors look forward to each year.
Ron’s vision and commitment to strengthening Healthcare in Terrace and surrounding First Nations Communities, has helped make us a vibrant and hospitable northern town worth boasting about!
“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.”-Mwai Kibaki
By supporting the Dr.REM Lee Hospital Foundation you are helping to improve patient services and comfort at Mills Memorial Hospital and Terraceview Lodge, often eliminating the need for out of town travel. Your donations stay in our community, funding new equipment purchases and enhancement of existing equipment.