Bringing the best of care,
close to home in the North

Meet the Board

The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is directly accountable to its donors through its volunteer Board of Directors, who are elected annually by its Presidents Club members. The Foundation office is located in the atrium of UHNBC, Prince George.


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Colleen Sparrow

President, The Prince George Citizen

Colleen has carried the role of publisher at the Prince George Citizen since February 2012 and is the first female publisher of the newspaper in its 98-year history. She has worked for the Citizen since 1991, starting in the business office. In 2002, she was named circulation manager and took on regional management responsibilities for distribution and circulation of all Glacier Media B.C. properties. Colleen has lived in Prince George for 42 years, moving here with her family from Saskatchewan in 1972. She has been a member of the Kiwanis Club since 2002 and during her 12 years with the service club, she has been board chair. She also served as board president of the Kiwanis Club for two years. In addition to her work on the Spirit of the North Board, she’s a member of the Initiatives Prince George Board of Directors. Ever since Del Laverdure helped organize the community health rally in 2000, the Citizen has taken on a leadership role in supporting health care in Prince George. Colleen is the fourth consecutive Citizen publisher to serve on the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation board.


Trevor Lutes

Past President, Scotiabank

Trevor has been on the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Board for four years. In that time he has served as treasurer and vice president. He has been with the Bank of Nova Scotia for 21 years and has worked throughout British Columbia. He is active in the community and supports various events and charities. Trevor coaches in the Prince George Youth Soccer Association and also guides student athletes on the basketball court at Southridge Elementary. His wife Naomi, daughter Miranda and son Justin keep him very busy and proud.


Selen Alpay

First Vice President, Canadian Tire

Selen is the owner of the Canadian Tire store in Prince George. His career with this company began in 1978, progressing through the ranks over a 15-year span before acquiring the store in Amherstburg, Ontario in 1993. Since then he has had stores in Greenwood, Nova Scotia and Kenora, Ontario. Since moving to Prince George six years ago, Selen has served on several boards including Prince George’s Health Communities Committee, the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, the Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community and the Northern Supportive Recovery Centre as board chair. Serving on boards has also been his custom in previous communities in which he lived. Currently, he serves as a director on the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Fry Housing Board and the Elizabeth Fry Society Board.

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Don Gowan

2nd Vice President

Don has been on the Spirit of the North Board for two years and has served on the finance committee for the duration. He is the Vice President at RAMMP Hospitality Brands Inc. Prior to this, Don served as Regional General Manager for Finning Canada and was responsible for most of northern B.C. operations. His proudest experience came when the ‘Finning Tree’ sold for an all-time record of $100,000 at the 2013 Festival of Trees, raising much needed funds for the Foundation. Community service has always been Don’s passion, something he has shown through his work with the Kiwanis Club of Prince George, the World Baseball Challenge, the Spirit of the North and many other not-for-profit charitable groups, sports organizations and even political organizations. Don has also helped coach and mentor students in the UNBC JDC West business program for the past four years. Having served as the former CEO of the Foundation allowed Don to see first-hand the tremendous impact the Spirit of the North has in enhancing healthcare in Prince George and across northern B.C. Continuing to help raise funds and play a role in the stewardship of these donations is a key reason why Don submitted his name for another two-year term on the board.

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Paul Stewart

Treasurer/Regional Representative, P&H Supplies

Paul is the office manager for Gulbranson Logging Ltd. He is responsible for the systems and technology implementation and upgrade, office administration, insurance and risk management and fiscal operational support. Paul was previously employed as the account manager/manager for CIBC in several British Columbia locations for 30 years. Paul is an active participant in his community as president and treasurer for the Rotary Club of Vanderhoof, was an RCMP auxiliary officer, and a director and chairman for the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society.

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Darcy Bryant

Secretary, Bryant Electric

Darcy was born and raised in Prince George. He is the second generation to call Prince George home and carries on the family business of Bryant Electric Ltd., which has offices in Prince George and Terrace. His involvement includes working as the chapter chair of the Northern Region of the ECABC (Electrical Contractors Association of BC), serving on the entertainment committee of the Prince George Construction Association, and coaching minor hockey and soccer in Prince George. Darcy has provided support to community events as a sponsor and participant. He is a father of two children, Samantha and Dylan.

Directors At Large

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David Yarmish

David J. Yarmish & Associates Ltd

David has been a member of the Prince George community since 1978. During this time he has participated in a number of appointments and formal board positions including the Prince George Crisis Centre, Salvation Army Community Council and Mayors Healthy Communities Committee. He’s been an active Rotarian for 30 years. For almost 50 years, he has been a contributing member of the Human Resource professional association in B.C., in which he holds a national certification. David worked for almost 40 years as a professional management specialist in the forest industry in 12 sites across B.C., giving him experience working with major unions, regulatory agencies, First Nations, media, community organizations and people working in the front line in all product groups of the industry. He is an active retired member of our community and looks forward to being of service to the good work of the Foundation.

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Greg Houston

Prince George Firefighters

Greg was born and raised in Prince George. He graduated from UNBC in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management. He became a member of the Prince George Firefighters in 2005. Greg joined the Harley Raffle committee in 2006, and for the past eight years has been the chair, with all proceeds going to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.

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Bob Redden

Environmental Dynamics Inc.

Bob is a registered professional biologist and the president of EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc (EDI). His consulting firm provides environmental management as well as aquatic and terrestrial biological services to all major natural resource sectors across Canada. The firm has been recognized as the national Environmental Employer of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He is proud to be married to Sonja and have three terrific young children who provide a very active family life. Bob enjoys volunteering his time to assist with community events and initiatives that make Prince George a great community in which to live and work. Currently, he is a member of the Initiatives Prince George Board of Directors. He was a member of the Progress Prince George Board of Directors in 2011 and 2012. Additional initiatives Bob assisted with in 2013 included working on a provincial round table committee to finalize the BC Small Business Accord (February) and a small group round table session hosted by the senior leadership of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Toronto (August) to discuss entrepreneurship issues and opportunities within Canada.


Robert Jarvis


Rob was born and raised in Prince George and is proud to see his new granddaughter to be the 5th generation to call Prince George home. Rob is deeply connected to this vibrant community through many years of volunteer service of coaching youth sports, volunteer fire fighter, Rotary, BCHRMA Advisory Council, and is a past United Way of Northern BC Board Chairperson and Campaign Coordinator. Rob is a Certified Executive Coach and has committed the bulk of his professional career to Canadian Forest Products, and has grown and developed in several key human resources roles within this company including Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Human Resources and most recently as the Director, HR – Canfor Pulp. Rob looks forward to the opportunity to be of service to the foundation.


Jim Meier

Northland Auto Group

Jim is the Regional Controller for AutoCanada's Northland Auto Group, responsible for the Dodge, Nissan and Hyundai dealerships in Prince George. In 1967 his family moved to Prince George and they settled into their home on 12th Ave., very near the hospital. Prince George has always been home, attending KGV, Duchess Park and the CNC Accounting/Business program. After completing CNC in 1982, Jim's accounting career began as his family started PG Powertrain Parts Ltd. The business was later sold, and in 1991 he started at LEJ International Trucks Ltd., spending the next 12 years as Secretary-Treasurer overseeing branches in PG, Terrace and Quesnel. In 2003, he made the move to the automobile sector. Jim has billeted players for the PG Cougars and found the experience very fulfilling. Having volunteered Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball, volleyball, soccer, Canadian Men's Baseball Championship, World Baseball Challenge and recently 2015 Winter Games, he truly appreciates the value and importance of volunteers in our community. Seeing the incredible impact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation has on our community and region, Jim is both honored and grateful to serve for such a purposeful charity.

Philip Peddie

Philip B. Peddie Consulting Inc.

Philip enjoys the opportunity to commit his time and serve on the Spirit of the North Board. He and his spouse Linda have made Prince George their permanent residence since 2011, moving here to join two of their three married children and two grandchildren. Philip was born in Windsor, Ontario, attended St. Clair College and the University of Windsor and spent ten years with the Chrysler Corporation of Canada in various technical, administrative and managerial roles. He and Linda with their three children migrated to Calgary, Alberta in 1981 where he spent twenty years in the Oil and Gas Business living throughout Alberta. Philip returned to take up studies at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2001 and entered the CA School of Business in 2003. He has extensive experience in accounting, project management, business management, and First Nations administration. He has worked at fund raising for various charities and organizations throughout his business career.

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Lance MacDonald


Lance is TELUS’s General Manager for Northern BC, supporting teams, field operations and community relations. With TELUS, his community involvement has ranged from volunteering for numerous TELUS Day of Giving events, chairing TELUS’s Northern BC Community Action Team distributing funding to grassroot charities across the North, supporting TELUS’s Community Ambassadors, and has helped organize many TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes events in support of the JDRF. Lance started his career with TELUS in the North as a technician in 1981, has since worked in leadership roles throughout the province, and successfully pursued a return to Prince George in 2013. He has 3 grown children and is recently a grandfather. Lance’s role with TELUS has him working with communities across the North providing him important insight into community needs and opportunities. He is inspired to be working with a board that is diligently working on building healthier communities in the North.



Steve Raper

Northern Health

Steve carries the title of Northern Health Regional Director of External Relations/Chief Communications Officer. He leads communications departments in two organizations and manages marketing, communications, advertising, web and media relations activities. His experience also includes working as a part-time college instructor, teaching marketing and organizational behavior at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Steve has a CNC business diploma, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern British Columbia., and a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University. He volunteers on a number of boards including Canadian Blood Services, PacificSport Northern BC, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific and the Prince George Youth Soccer Association. He enjoys camping, spending time with family and coaching soccer.

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Linda Hohn

Auxiliary to UHNBC

Linda spent her working career as an accounting assistant and retired in 2003 to spend time at home with her husband and family. After losing her grandmother and mother to cancer, she became interested in contributing her time to a non-profit organization related to the medical field. She had heard positive comments regarding the Auxiliary and felt this would be the place for her. Linda joined the Auxiliary to University Hospital of Northern British Columbia in November 2005. She started at the Information Desk before moving onto the Emergency Info Desk and then the Gift Shop. She continues to give to the Auxiliary as a member of its executive. This is her first term as president, a role she finds challenging and rewarding. The Auxiliary has a great working relationship with UHNBC and Spirit of the North. The volunteer organization provides many services to patients and visitors while contributing funds raised in the Gift and Thrift Shops, helping Spirit of the North bring the best of care close to home in the North.

Scotiabank - Spirit of The North Partner
CIBC - Spirit of The North Partner
Pacific Western Transportation - Spirit of The North Partner
Central Mountain Air - Spirit of The North Partner
94.3 The Goat - Spirit of The North Partner
Sullivan Motors RV - Spirit of The North Partner
Knights of Columbus - Spirit of The North Partner
Fore Bistro & Patio - Spirit of The North Partner
Porter & McMillan - Spirit of The North Partner
Coast Inn of the North - Spirit of The North Partner
Michael's Jewellers - Spirit of The North Partner
Brandt Tractor - Spirit of The North Partner
BMO - Spirit of The North Partner