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.
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.
Jim is 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. Jim's career in business management accounting started in 1982 with a family-owned business in Prince George. As a longtime resident, Jim has always appreciated the incredible and special value volunteers bring to our community and enjoys volunteering in several capacities. Recognizing the incredible impact, the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation has made in our community and region, Jim is both honored and grateful to serve for such a purposeful charity and looks forward to helping support healthy and strong outcomes in our Northern communities.
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 three 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.
Sean is a Commercial Account Manager with Brownridge & Company Insurance Inc. With a Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce from the University of Northern British Columbia, Sean is currently working toward obtaining his Chartered Insurance Professional designation with the Insurance Institute of Canada. Sean has a long history of community involvement. He is currently serving as a committee member with the PG Cougars Alumni Charity Hospital Golf Tournament. In past years was a director and chair for UNBC JDC West, a volunteer with UNBC JDC West and now serves as a coach and mentor. He spent two years as a team development and mentor coach for the Canadian Cancer Society, focusing on Relay for Life, and has spent several years coaching multiple sports teams throughout Prince George.
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.
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.
Mark was born in Merritt, B.C. but was raised and has lived in Prince George his entire life. He started volunteer firefighting at the age of 17, where he also started an electrical apprenticeship. He was certified as a red seal electrician at the age of 21, where he joined his family as the third generation electrician. Mark continued to volunteer firefight, upgraded his education at the college, and worked full time at Lakewood Electric until he was hired by the City of Prince George as a firefighter in 2008 at the age of 26. He is a team member of the High Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, and the Hazmat Rescue teams. Furthermore, Mark is the team leader/instructor in the Swiftwater & Ice Rescue and the Auto Extrication teams. Moreover, he has served as the chair of the Prince George Firefighters Harley Raffle for the past three years. Mark is married with two wonderful children and together they spend many days at their cabin at Summit Lake, enjoying any and all outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, dirt biking, skiing, and many water sports. Mark looks forward to serving the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation in its mission to champion exceptional health outcomes in Northern, B.C.
Jeff is a long time resident of Northern BC, and moved to Prince George following graduation from high school. After completing a diploma in accounting and finance, he pursued his CGA designation, which he has held since 1997. As a partner in TBJ LLP he has been with the firm since 1994. As an active member of the community, he and his wife Judy are the proud parents of three grown children.
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.
Sean Kehler is the Regional Vice President, BC Interior & North Region at RBC where he oversees 22 branches and approximately 250 employees. A significant portion of his 31 year career with RBC has been spent in BC North, a region that he believes will be a leader in terms of economic growth for years to come. RBC is committed to helping their clients thrive and communities prosper and Sean is honoured to be on the board of such a great organization as Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
Andrew was born and raised in Prince George and is married to his wife Kimberley who he shares 3 lovely children with. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Commerce from UNBC and is now a Partner and Certified Financial Planner with Assante Wealth Management where he manages family wealth for many families in Prince George and throughout BC. Andrew has a strong desire to support and encourage community giving and also enhance healthcare in the region. He has served as Director on numerous Boards including the Alumni Association of UNBC, St. Mary’s School Council and the Association Advocating for Women and Children. In 2015, Andrew also volunteered as a Venue Team Representative for the Canada Winter Games. When not at work, Andrew enjoys spending his time with his family and participating in recreational sports
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.
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, Pacific Sport Northern B.C., Canadian Sport Centre Pacific and the Prince George Youth Soccer Association. He enjoys camping, spending time with family and coaching soccer.