The Dr. R.E.M Lee Hospital Foundation Board members take pride in making a difference together. Our board consists of 4 Directors, 1 Chairperson, 1 Vice Chair/Secretary, 1 Adminstrative Assistant, 2 Directors of Equipment, 2 Fundraising Directors and 3 Honorary Members. Each member is dedicated continuing to Dr. R.E.M Lee’s vision for better health care in the Northwest.
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
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 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 REM Lee Hospital Foundation, she is able to continue to support the enhancement of health care in our local area.
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.
Happily married to Jana for 32 years, they have two daughters but no grandchildren (yet!). He can often be seen walking his Golden Retriever around town.
Jacques has worked in the financial services industry since 1993 and prior to that worked in aviation and also the family logging business.
He moved to Terrace from New Brunswick as a child with his family in 1964. They followed Grandfather Lawrence Pelletier (former potato farmer and horse logger) who moved to Terrace for employment as a tree faller for Beaver Logging Ltd., owned by the Frank brothers.
Jacques started serving as a director for the Foundation in October 2014, to fulfil a desire to give back to the Terrace community.
Craig has been with RBC for 12 years and worked in Prince George, Vanderhoof, and Terrace. He moved to Terrace (for the 2ndtime) in August of 2014 in the Commercial Account Manager role, covering Terrace, Kitimat, and Prince Rupert.
Craig’s wife moved here with him and they have 2-year- old twins that keep them very busy.
The rest of his time is split between being this year’s President for the Kinsmen Club of Terrace, a member of the Rotary Club of Terrace Skeena Valley, and a member of the Terrace Northmen Rugby team.
Craig was recently welcomed as the latest member of The REM Lee Hospital Foundation in October 2019. He joined because he noticed the work the Foundation had been doing over the past few years and wanted to be a part of an organization that has a significant impact in our area.
A local entrepreneur, Richard inherited his family-run delicatessen, Bert’s Deli,and brings a wealth of business acumen and community spirit to his role as Board member with the REM Lee Foundation.
With a spirit of enthusiasm, Heather jumps at every opportunity to contribute to building great healthcare in our community. Her social media and digital graphic savvy contributes strong marketing promotion for the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
Hi, my name is Roopy Kopec and I am an Investment Specialist with the Royal Bank of Canada. I was born and raised in beautiful Terrace, B.C. and I would like to give back to the community. I have volunteered for many groups such as Relay for Life, Heart & Stroke, Kidney Walk, B.C. Children’s Hospital, the Skeena GurSikh Society, Terrace Hospice Society and many more local fundraisers.
Eileen Kennedy , Honorary Member
Helene & Bill McCrae , Honorary Members