Board of Directors

An elected Board of Directors governs North Okanagan Hospice Society according to Policy Governance.

Board Members 2016-2017:

Seated (L – R): Cheryl Kaminsky, Director; Gayle Zyla, Director; Vyvian Burton, Vice President; Jennifer Harry, Past President

Back row (L – R): Jaron Chasca, Director; David Kennedy, Director; Randy Hoffman, President/Treasurer; Karen Fenske, Director; Ruth Edwards, Executive Director; Diane Rhenisch, Director; Guy Morazain, Director; David MacBain, Secretary

Board of Directors' Bios

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of the Board at North Okanagan Hospice Society (NOHS)?

The purpose of the Board of Directors, on behalf of the residents of the North Okanagan, is to ensure that NOHS:

  • Achieves appropriate results for appropriate persons at an appropriate cost
  • Manages the risks of the organization
  • Plans for the long-term future of the organization

Who serves on the Board of Directors?

NOHS presently has eight elected voting Board members (volunteers). The Past President is appointed as a voting Director. The Executive Director is appointed as a non-voting Director.

Board Officers: President, Vice President, Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

What are the standing committees of the Board?

Ownership Linkage Committee: The purpose of the Ownership Linkage Committee is to gather and analyze information obtained from the residents of the North Okanagan regarding their values, needs and priorities related to end-of-life care. This information combined with statistics, research reports and stakeholder input is critical for planning the future of NOHS.

Executive Director Performance and Compensation Committee: The purpose of the Executive Director Performance and Compensation Committee is to make recommendations to the Board of Directors on an annual basis regarding the Executive Director's performance and evaluation and compensation.

Nominating Committee: The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to ensure the integrity of the nomination and election process for Directors and Officers of NOHS.

Audit Committee: The purpose of the Audit Committee is to ensure the annual audited financial statements are prepared in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, and that they present fairly the financial results of NOHS.

What is the time commitment of a Board member?

  • Average of 10 hours per month including Board meetings, committee meetings, and meeting preparation
  • Nine (9) scheduled Board meetings per year, 2.5 hours per meeting
  • Board members serve two (2) year terms to a maximum of six (6) years

Do Board members receive compensation for their work?

  • Board members are not compensated for their work on the Board
  • Board members are reimbursed for authorized expenses incurred during the performance of their work
  • The Board of Directors appoints a Nominating Committee to recruit new Board members
  • The Board identifies the number of new Directors required and the skills and experience needed to complement the current Board members
  • An advertisement seeking new Directors is placed in newspapers of the communities served by NOHS in the spring of each year
  • The Nominating Committee reviews the applications and determines a list of potential Directors
  • Potential Directors are interviewed
  • The Nominating Committee recommends candidates to the Board of Directors
  • Nominees attend an orientation session
  • The Nominating Committee presents the nominees at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Members of NOHS elect the Directors
  • Directors are elected for a two (2) year term and serve a maximum of three (3) terms

How do I contact a member of the Board to find out more information?

For more information, please contact president@nohs.ca