Board Bios

Board of Directors' Bios

2019-2020 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.


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.


Kent is a Partner at Nixon Wenger LLP and is the head of the Civil Litigation practice group. Kent practices a wide range of civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, contract, employment and land disputes. His professional and civic interests include membership in the Southern Interior Construction Association; the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute; former member of the Executive and Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyer Association of B.C; Commercial Arbitrator; and Coach of youth basketball. Kent became a Director of the NOHS Board in 2019.


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.


Paul has lived in Ottawa, Regina and the Lower Mainland and, as of 2018, is now pleased to be a resident of Coldstream. Prior to retirement from full-time work in 2011, he worked in both the public and private sectors in research, senior management and executive positions in the transportation and traffic safety sectors. During his career, he served variously as a member, co-chair or chair on numerous national, provincial and local boards, task forces and committees providing advice and direction on public policies, standards and programs. Post-retirement, Paul spent a few part-time years in the employee benefits industry as well as serving two terms on the Port of Vancouver Board of Directors. His most recent engagement was as a commissioner on the Greater Vancouver Mobility Pricing Independent Commission in 2017 and 2018.

Paul is enjoying his new life in the North Okanagan and is honoured to have been elected to the NOHS Board in 2019.


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.


Kim became interested in palliative care while co-facilitating grief support groups as a volunteer and was inspired to get involved. She began working on palliative care projects for organizations such as the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association and the BC Learning Centre for Palliative Care. Kim brings broad experience in health care to the NOHS Board, through her early career as an audiologist and later senior roles in health care management, planning and operations. Kim is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

Kim has lived in Vernon with her husband since 2015. She joined the NOHS Board in 2019.