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The purpose of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation is to accept, manage and disburse funds and properties to the benefit of Shuswap Health Services. This entity includes Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Bastion Place, (a residential care facility) and Community Care Services.

Funds are used to help meet the need for priority equipment, facilities and upgrades that will enhance the care of patients and residents of these health care facilities and services. All investments and property are held in trust.

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Our Purpose

The purpose of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation is to accept, manage and disburse funds and properties to the benefit of Shuswap Health Services. This entity includes Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Bastion Place, (a residential care facility) and Community Care Services.

Funds are used to help meet the need for priority equipment and facilities that will enhance the care of patients and residents of these health care facilities and services. All investments and property are held in trust.

Meet Our

BOARD MEMBERS

An office is located within the hospital just past the Main Entrance. Two support staff assist the volunteer Board of Directors in the day to day operations of the foundation. Costs of operation, including campaign costs, are generally met by interest earned on investments held by the foundation.

Angie Spencer, CPA, CA is the President of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation to the board. Angie grew up in Salmon Arm and has recently returned to the community after 20 years, with her husband Bill and their two children.
Angie is a Senior Manager at BDO Canada LLP and has over number of years’ experience providing accounting, assurance/audit, tax and financial management services to a broad range of clients in industries that include consumer business, professional services, public sector, not-for-profit, and banking. Angie has experience serving on other not-for-profit boards and works with various boards within the community advising on accounting and tax matters. She is looking forward to an opportunity to be involved with the Shuswap Hospital Board initiatives in supporting our local community.

Theresa Markowski, Past President of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation. She was elected to the foundation board, September 10, 2014 AGM. Theresa graduated from Salmon Arm Senior High School and went on to a very rewarding career in nursing. Theresa’s background in medical nursing included work in Peritoneal Dialysis, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Care Unit, Operating and Recovery areas. In addition Theresa has had experience in leadership and in-charge duties, volunteer for Cardiac Ambulatory Rehabilitation Exercise (C.A.R.E.) program while working in the CCU and is a past member of the B.C. Operating Nurses Group. Theresa nursed in a number of B.C. hospitals including Royal Inland, Surrey Memorial, Shaughnessey, Langley Memorial and concluded her nursing career here at Shuswap Lake General Hospital where she experienced working with her parents, Nurse Addie Williams and Dr. Ralph Williams, in the same hospital! Theresa is now retired, she has a son, a daughter and one grandchild and enjoys reading, fitness and watching basketball.

Diane Pyke and her husband Brian moved to Tappen in 2014. Diane owned her own computer consulting firm for 27 years and has travelled extensively around the world installing and teaching companies a wide variety of software products. She joined the Hospital Auxiliary in 2017 and has been Vice President and is currently President.

Robert ‘Bob’ Burechailo was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. He attended the U.of S. in Saskatoon and received his B.Sc. in 1969 and M.D. Degree in 1974. Bob moved to Salmon Arm with his wife and family in 1975 and joined the Shuswap Medical group as a general practitioner. After 25 years, he shifted gears and spent the last 10 years of his medical career as a medical locum. This took him to various communities in B.C., Newfoundland and P.E.I. Bob has worked in Australia on five different occasions. His most unique work experience was as a Medical Officer with Norwegian Cruise Lines. He retired in 2009. Bob has 2 daughters, 2 step daughters and 9 grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, curling, boating and spending time in his RV. On occasion, he dabbles in art and spends many hours building model ships.

Eugene Casavant has resided in Salmon Arm for the past 32 years. He worked for 15 of those years as the CEO of the Shuswap Lake General Hospital as well as other health care operations. He worked consistently to bring health care services into one stream. He spent much effort in bringing a regionalization program into force that would maintain a community driven delivery system. These efforts were dashed by a political decision. He retired from the system in 1998 and spent some 15 years since volunteering for the Hospital Foundation. He retired from that service years ago when his term ran out on the Hospital Foundation Board. Eugene’s working life was in health care administration having spent 40 years at it in BC and in Saskatchewan. During his term in Salmon Arm he attained a Masters in Health Care Administration degree. Caring for the community has been a mark of his service, having spent many years working for the community through various service clubs and community programs in each community in which he resided.

Dr. Darren Lorenz joined the Shuswap Hospital Foundation Board in 2016. He and his wife Susan have 3 children. and have been fortunate to live in the Salmon Arm area since 2007. He is a full service family physician currently working at the Mount Ida Medical Clinic, as well as Salmon Arm Mental Health and Substance Use. He is an active member of the medical staff. Past appointments include physician lead of the BC Stroke Collaborative and head of the Emergency Department at Shuswap Lake Hospital. He is the Senior Medical Director (for the Shuswap region, he covers Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and Merritt). Interests include spending time with family, travelling, and sports such as golf, hockey and skiing.

Rochelle joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Raised in Salmon Arm and well rooted in the community she is always looking for ways to give back to this wonderful place she calls home. As a successful local Realtor for RE/MAX Shuswap she tends to be first in line with new comers to our City. One of the main questions is always ‘what is your hospital and health services like’ and I get to tell them how fortunate we are to have such a well-equipped hospital with amazing staff. Rochelle’s community involvement has included, five years as PAC chair of Bastion Elementary, five years on Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Board and most recently completed a term on the SASCU board of Directors. Foundations and groups close to her heart are Launch-a-Preneur, Silverbacks Hockey Club, Safe House and Shuswap’s Woman Who Wine.

James Young born and raised in the Peace River country of Northern Alberta. Worked for 16 years at several locations in Alberta’s oil patch. Moved to BC in 1979.
Married with one daughter, has enjoyed 32 years of working in sales and marketing, with the last 23 years as co-owner of a promotional marketing firm here in Salmon Arm.
Sold that business in 2016, and now works as an independent business agent.

Sunny Dhaliwal was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. He attended University there to receive his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2000. Sunny moved to Salmon Arm to join his family’s furniture business. He got married in 2004 to his long-time girlfriend Prab and they have a one child together. Over the years Sunny has expanded his furniture business, commercial real estate portfolio and several other businesses in around Western Canada. Sunny and his family love to travel and always have several trips planned out. Sunny and his family have always given back to the community and the Shuswap Hospital Foundation seemed like a great fit. He is a new member to the board and enjoys it very much.

Sue Bolen is the current Treasurer of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation.

“I have lived in Salmon Arm for 30 years and joined the Shuswap Hospital Foundation in 2018. I feel fortunate to be involved in such a worthwhile cause. I am the proud mom of 3 sons and thoroughly enjoy my two grandsons.”