Our Supportive Care staff (and contractors)

The Delta Hospice Society Supportive Care staff and contractors

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Sharon Farrish, Acting Executive Director

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Laurine Kelly, Associate Director

Laurine has been with Delta Hospice since 1999 and adapted to fill a variety of roles throughout the transition and growth of the organization. Laurine’s corporate background in regulation and law now supports her work developing and maintaining the society’s operating policies and procedures, implementing continuous quality improvement,  supporting human resource management and providing administrative support for the Board of Directors. Laurine is the Privacy Officer for the Society.

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Sarah Macey, BScPT, Director of Operations

Sarah brings a variety of knowledge and skills to this role gained through a diverse work and educational background in healthcare. As a registered physiotherapist and owner of a local business Sarah has experience in clinical administration and operations, as well as planning, human resource management and customer service. In working for Delta Hospice Sarah enjoys the opportunity to serve an organization that prides itself on excellence and quality.

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Chris Colero, Coordinator of Volunteers

Since 2001, Chris has been instrumental in building and supporting links between trained client volunteers and individuals and families who contact Delta Hospice for help. As Coordinator of Volunteers, she is responsible for the overall management of the client volunteers including recruitment, screening, initial training, orientation, registration, matching volunteers with the people we serve, and volunteer support, supervision and on-going training.

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Debra Wolinsky, M Ed, RCC (BC), R Psych (AB), Counselling Team Member

Debra has been practicing counsellor (Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC and Registered Psychologist in Alberta) for decades, and a bereavement/palliative volunteer for over 20 years. She was born and bred in Montreal with a 17 year stint in Calgary.With Delta Hospice Society, Debra is supporting clients with bereavement, grief and loss counselling individually and in groups, as well as coordinating the programs for the counselling team.

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Ann Fox, MSc, RCC, RSW Counselling Team Member

Ann works with the Delta Hospice Society in the capacity of clinical counsellor for supportive and palliative clients in the community, as well as part of the Fraser Health Palliative Care Consult Team for Delta as a Social Worker. In these roles, Ann supports people at all stages of their illness journeys, as well as their families and friends, as they embark on the palliative approach to care. Ann serves in the Irene Thomas Hospice, the Centre for Supportive Care, and in the community.

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Teresa Palylyk, RCC Counselling Team Member

Teresa offers bereavement counselling for children, teens and adults. Teresa’s extensive experience in counselling, along with experience with youth support richly complement her work with individuals of all ages and groups.  As a registered clinical counsellor, Teresa offers one on one counselling, group work and individualized support to people experiencing grief and loss in a variety of ways.

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Alison Betts, Finance Officer

Alison Betts is in the role of Finance Officer with Delta Hospice Society.  Alison brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years in accounting management.  She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)  and Certified General Account.  Her previous position was with Delta Community Living Society as the Finance Manager for over 12 years.  Alison will be working part time hours in the Centre for Supportive Care.

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Trish Factor, Administrative Coordinator

Trish is a local resident of South Delta who is serving Delta Hospice Society in an Administrative role for all 3 sites. She comes to us with 30 years’ experience in business and office management in various fields. She believes in the supportive care and hospice palliative care philosophy as well as the unique strengths of every staff and volunteer in an organization. Trish enjoys organizing records, collaborating on day-to-day needs, and supporting new initiatives to help the society carry-on serving Delta.

Derek Stevenson, Maintenance

Derek is a long-time, local Ladner resident and friend of hospice.  Derek willingly looks after maintenance of the facilities and equipment at our 3 sites.

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Kristen Morrow – contractor

Kristen is a talented, attentive and compassionate Music Therapist who offers her gifts in the hospice, in the community, and in the Centre for Supportive Care.  She works with groups, families, and clients and patients of all ages.

Tama Recker, Therapeutic Touch practitioner and teacher – contractor

Tama has been practicing the art and caring of Therapeutic Touch for many years and offering this gift to the Delta Hospice Society’s clients, patients, and staff.  Our Therapeutic Touch program is robust and has capacity to serve in the hospice, the community, and at the Centre for Supportive Care.

Maureen Dufresne, Restorative Yoga teacher – contractor

Maureen has been offering Restorative Yoga to people living with a life-threatening illness at the Centre for Supportive Care for many years.  Her participants rave about the positive benefits of practicing this gentle yoga with her.  New participants always welcome.