Board Bios

Board of Directors' Bios

2018-2019 Board Members:


Vyvian Burton is a retired Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with extensive HR experience spanning almost 30 years in manufacturing, forestry, construction and heavy equipment. Prior to launching her HR consulting business in 2012, Vyvian was the Vice-President of Human Resources for Ainsworth Lumber Company in Vancouver and previously was the head of Human Resources for Tolko Industries Ltd. in Vernon. Vyvian feels fortunate to have lived in the North Okanagan since 1977. She joined the NOHS Board in 2014, became Vice President in 2016 and was elected as President in September 2018.


Dave Kennedy is a retired doctor who started his professional career in Kimberley, BC in 1980 as a family doctor, followed by 20 years in Ontario training and practicing anesthesiology and critical care. He and his family returned to BC, arriving in Vernon in 2004. Dave has served on a hospital board and on committees of a health profession regulatory college in BC. He is married with two grown children and very much enjoys living in Vernon. Dave is pleased to serve on the NOHS Board, which he joined in 2015.


Randy is a Certified Management Accountant with a career spanning forty-one years in both the public and private sectors. Randy retired in 2013 as the secretary treasurer for School District No. 22 (Vernon). Randy has served on various boards and committees in Vernon and in Alberta both in not for profit and professional organizations. Randy became a Director in 2014, Treasurer in 2015, President in 2016 and now serves as Past President and Treasurer. He is proud to bring his senior management and board member experience to North Okanagan Hospice Society.


David has lived in five provinces across Canada and joined the community of Vernon, BC in 1999. David worked with a not-for-profit within British Columbia for 29 years, the last 15 years in Vernon. He is a husband to Carol since 1982, and father of four. Dedicated to working with those in need within our community he has been a public spokesperson, volunteer coordinator, staff supervisor and fundraiser, plus a Board Member of Food Banks BC, which is the BC Provincial Association.

David is also Chaplain for Vernon Fire Rescue Services. He loves to play hockey, ride his Goldwing motorcycle and dance. In fact he and Carol won the couples competition and raised the most funds in the 2011 NOHS fundraiser Dancing With The Vernon Stars. David became a Director of the NOHS Board in 2015 and Secretary in 2016.


Jaron was born in Cranbrook, BC and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Jaron is the Manager of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services in Vernon and Armstrong. Jaron moved to Vernon in 2009 and now calls Vernon home. As a second generation funeral director and 16 years in the profession of caring for families after a loss and having his own personal dealing with family members in hospice, Jaron understands the importance of the need for Hospice both personally and professionally in a community. Jaron has been on the Board of NOHS since 2013.


Cheryl recently retired from a 24 year career as a Realtor. For 20 years Cheryl has been involved in fund raising for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In 1998 she co-founded the "Chicks with Sticks Golf Tournament" in Vancouver. Then in 2002 she moved to Vernon with her husband and founded "Wine Woman and Woods Golf Tournament." To date "Wine Women and Woods" has raised over $1 million for Breast Cancer research and diagnostic equipment.

Cheryl joined the NOHS Board in 2016.


Garry, a retired Health Care Professional of 35 years, joined the Board of NOHS in 2018. He started his career as the Administrator of the Lillooet District Hospital in 1984, and in 1988 became the first resident Administrator of Noric House. Over the next 14 years he took on the Administrator’s role for additional Residential Care Facilities in Vernon, as well as all of the Support Services at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. In 2002, he became a Board Member of Canadian Mental Health Association and later became the Director of Housing.

Garry feels the North Okanagan Hospice Society will always be a very important and valuable service to our community, and is proud to be a Board Director.


Diane is recently retired from a 35 year career in public education, most recently having served as a Director of Instruction for the Vernon School District. She has served on not-for-profit Boards and committees in her local communities and at the provincial level, endeavouring to enhance opportunities for youth.

Diane is married with two adult daughters and returned to the Okanagan in 2011 after living elsewhere in the province for twenty years. Diane joined the Board of NOHS in 2016.