Judy joined Spirit of the North in May 2013, in the role of Strategic Relations Manager, and in July was quickly promoted to lead the organization as their CEO. She is a recent alumni of the Ivey School of Business and was named one of 44 leaders in the Not For Profit Sector across Canada at the 2015 Community Shift in London, Ontario and has an extensive background in administration and finance. For over seventeen years Judy has held a variety of senior administrative positions in the Forestry and Solid Wood Operations of Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited (A Divison of Mead and Noranda), and then Canfor – Canadian Forest Products Ltd. As a Convention Manager, she resurrected the long standing COFI Convention in 2005 after a brief hiatus, and then again in 2007. She has also held two administrative interim positions with Northern Health, in the CEO-Board office and within the Northern Interior Health Services Area, before entering into her most recent role as the Executive Director for the Prince George Community Foundation, which she had held from 2008 to 2013. During that time she was instrumental in increasing their endowed assets from $3.0 Million to $8.0 Million, and their community exposure to new heights. As a true northerner, and the fourth generation of her family to live and raise her family in Prince George, she has strong roots in the north and is committed to working on behalf of donors and towards the best healthcare system as close to home as possible in the North. She is the proud mother of three grown children who have made their home in the Prince George area as well, and a very proud Nana to her first little granddaughter.
A long time resident of Prince George, Esther joined Spirit of the North in September 2015 and has been enjoying her transition to the not-for-profit sector following a decade-long career with TD Bank. She worked in several roles within TD Canada Trust, eventually spending 4 1/2 years as Manager Customer Service before moving to an administrative role with TD Commercial Banking in 2013, where she supported client portfolios in Prince George, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. She is a partner with her husband in local web firm Sticky Wicket Designs, assisting with the administrative concerns of the company. Esther is responsible for a portfolio of annual fundraising events, works with third-party event planners, administers gaming licenses and reporting, and manages the web/social media presence of Spirit of the North.
Devyn joined Spirit of the North in June 2015 as a summer student, after her graduation from Duchess Park Secondary School. She assists in the office with data entry, welcoming guests as well as helping plan and prepare for fundraising events. Devyn is currently working on her Bachelor of Health Science in Bio Medical studies at University of Northern British Columbia, but still works casually in the office during the school year. Devyn’s time at Spirit has been valuable to her as she is continuously learning the importance of giving and fundraising in order to enhance healthcare in her home town. This knowledge and experience will benefit her as she works towards a career in the medical field.
Annette joined the Spirit of the North team in August 2016 as Donor Relations Manager. Born and raised in Prince George, her passion for this community and the north is in her blood and just continues to grow. Before joining the Spirit of the North, she worked at the College of New Caledonia for 11 years, 5 of which were spent as Fundraising Coordinator. As part of her portfolio, her most recent role at CNC was Communication Services Manager where she had to oversee eight different areas including events and fundraising. Her desire to help people of all walks of life, led her back to what she loves most – fundraising and donor relations. Her role will be focused on connecting with individuals and corporations to help secure philanthropic support for healthcare. She understands first-hand the need for state of the art healthcare equipment and education. Her daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 3 and again at 6. Because of all the advances in medicine, she is now a healthy adult. Annette is happily married and also has two other grown children and is Omi to two adorable grandchildren.
For the past 10 years Shauna worked within an organization that allowed her to have community involvement, work with local organizations and maintain friendships with local charities. So when she decided to make the switch from Wood Wheaton Chevrolet as a finance manager to the Spirit of the North Finance Manager roll she knew it would be a great fit. Shauna has grown up within the Prince George area and is now raising a family within our community. Charity involvement has always been a priority and giving back to our community is necessary for the continual growth in the North. Her involvement with The Spirit of the North will be behind the scenes of managing the foundations financials and accounts while supporting the events and activities.
Tia was born and raised in Prince George and enjoys most of her free time with her small nieces. Tia spent several years in operations management, before moving into clinical administration and spending time expanding her post secondary education in clinical and records management. When the opportunity to work in medical philanthropy came available, she felt it would be a great career choice. Tia believes that everyone has it in them to support their community, whether it be financially, lending a hand, or attending a local charity event - "I’m lucky enough to be in a position that everything I accomplish in a day, whether it’s answering a phone call or assisting with an event to fund a piece of equipment, I am in some small way, directly impacting the overall health and support of everyone in Northern BC and my hometown. What a great way to spend my day!"