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 is the proud nana of three beautiful grandchildren, Gracen, Hudson and Weston.
Gaye moved to Prince George with her family in 1980. Although she has moved away a few times, she always comes back "home." She has had some great opportunities in her career in the Administrative and Finance field. Throughout her career, she has been everything from an Administrative Assistant to a Corporate Administration Manager responsible for 11 branches across Canada. For the past several years, she has owned and operated a bookkeeping business and enjoys helping small business owners succeed at managing their companies. Gaye started at the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation in December 2018 as the Finance Manager and is very happy and honoured to be part of the Spirit team. “I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization and to help the Foundation, and it’s many generous supporters, reach the goals to improve healthcare in the North.”
Aimee is a northerner at heart, living in and loving Prince George her entire life. After working as a restaurant manager, and then moving into the financial field, she found her love of the not-for-profit sector while doing volunteer work locally. Driven by the desire to help her community and those impacted by cancer, she changed career paths and joined the Canadian Cancer Society as the coordinator of the largest, top earning, and only 24-hour Relay For Life in Canada. Through her time with CCS, she held a few different roles, always focusing on leadership and growth within Northern BC. After 6 years, Aimee joined the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation in May 2021, again driven by her passion for impacting the lives of her neighbors through improving healthcare in the North. Working with supporters to give in ways that align with their passions is the highlight of her career thus far, and one she looks forward to continuing with Spirit of the North. Outside of work, Aimee is also a very proud mother to four young daughters who keep her on her toes daily.
Tanya grew up in Prince George, B.C, graduated in ’98 and ventured off to Calgary, AB, where she achieved a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography at the Alberta College of Art & Design (now known as Alberta University of Arts (AUArts)). 10 years had come and went and in 2008, made the big decision to move back “home” to Prince George. Along with achieving an education, she met her husband, Jeff, who was also from Prince George. Moving back home to be close to family was important. With four children, Tanya spent most of these years with them at home, but still kept up with her Photography, community and children related activities, and helping with their businesses behind the scenes. She is very excited to start her path here at Spirit of the North and join the Spirit Team! photo credit: Philomena Hughes Photography