Changes ahead for Spirit of the North

JAN 26, 2022

Changes ahead for Spirit of the North


January 26th, 2022

It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Judy Neiser, our CEO will be leaving the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.

While her exact departure date will occur in the Spring, we are very appreciative that she has provided plenty of notice and this will provide for a smooth transition for Aimee Cassie, who we are happy to announce will be taking over in this capacity. Judy has without a doubt contributed to much of the success of the foundation over the last nine years. Her passion, dedication, commitment, and impact on the community is unmatched.

“We knew this day would come,” said Darcy Bryant, Board Chair. “No one ever likes to try to fill a great leader’s shoes, but we appreciate that Judy has provided ample transition time and succession planning was in place. To say she will be missed is an understatement. We all have learned from her and will move forward to carry out Spirit’s mission.”

During her time with us, Spirit has truly become the Charity of Choice for the region and her passion for better health outcomes for patients in Northern BC has been felt by so much of what the foundation has been able to fund through very dedicated and sound relationships she has established with our Donors. Her creativity in marketing our signature events has been unique and her ability to engage donors of all ages, walks of life, and capacity to give is evident in the role the foundation has taken throughout the Region. Such accomplishments as the Diagnostic Spect CT, which was the first of its’ kind in the province; a dedicated maternal operating room; the one stop breast health imaging centre; the Boston SpyGlass, that was the first in the province for early detection of pancreatic, liver, and kidney diseases and cancers; a dedicated molecular diagnostic lab – vital for testing of viral illnesses locally including COVIDÔÇÉ19; and he most recent Cardiac Cath Lab Campaign; to name a few, have all been under her leadership. Regionally she has taken a lead role in funding campaigns in Vanderhoof for an ECHO Ultrasound, Quesnel for shoulder surgeries and OBGYN equipment, and various other areas of Northern BC. Her dedication and approach with philanthropy has been an inspiration and she will be dearly missed.

“A piece of me will always be with Spirit of the North and my amazing team, our incredible board, the Festival of Trees family, my UNBC students that I coached and mentored, and the community that I belonged to here… above all else the Donors who I had the privilege to work with,” said Neiser. “They say if you find a job you love you never work a day in your life, and this has truly been my experience. I’ve been blessed but it is time to move on, and I have no doubt that the Foundation is in very good hands moving forward.”

In her own time Judy will announce where her future plans are taking her. We wish her well and know that wherever she goes, her passion, inspiration, and commitment will be felt.


Darcy Bryant

Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Board Chair