Board Of Directors
Diana Wood (Chair)
Diana was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley and moved to Terrace in 1980 where she raised her two sons. She fell in love with the area and the people almost immediately and knew that this is where she wanted to spend the rest of her life. The first 10 years were spent working in the Hospitality industry at the Northern Motor Inn and later the Thornhill Pub. She then wanted a change of pace and decided to pursue a career in Real Estate. After 20 years of helping people find their dream home it was time for retirement.
Not being one to sit still for long she soon decided to devote some time and energy to Volunteering. One of the first volunteer opportunities that came along was to sit on the Board of Director’s for the Terrace Hospice Society. After learning what Hospice entailed and what an amazing service it offers, she decided it was time to spend time with Hospice clients in an attempt to make their journey a bit easier. She took training in Healing Touch and has enhanced the lives of clients using this gentle approach to care. Then later she had the opportunity to take training through the BC Centre for Palliative Care and became an advocate and workshop leader in Advance Care Planning. She feels very passionate about ACP and hopes to be able to deliver these workshops for many years to come. When asked what is in store for her next, she replied “Just to do the best I can to be of service to others. That is my ultimate calling.”
Shelley is a long-time Terrace resident and has been a Registered Nurse with Northern Health since 1991. Shelley’s favourite thing is spending time with her family. Her and her husband have five children and three grandchildren. End of life care is very near and dear to Shelley’s heart and along with Sue, she would love to see a Hospice House in the area.
Sue Skeates has been an RN from 1981 though 2012, working in remote areas of Canada and Internationally. Now retired she is actively involved with Terrace Hospice Society. As former chair of the board, she has worked with Diana Wood to bring public education for Advance Care Planning to Terrace and area. She has also functions as the Volunteer Coordinator at THS. In this role, one of her interests includes bringing more trained volunteers and more comprehensive grief support to our area. Since May 2017 she sits on the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA) as the Northern Representative Board of Directors. Among other Hopes, Wishes, and Dreams she wants to help our community and area establish a Hospice House/Hospice Hub to the Northwest Region of Northern Health.
Mr. Harrison was born and raised in the Terrace area and has a keen interest in building a successful and healthy community in the Northwest. Mr. Harrison practices law in Terrace mainly as in-house counsel for a company providing advice for their Western Canadian operations and manages several business ventures on their behalf. Outside of that, he volunteers his time in various capacities around the region to causes aimed at economic and community development, sitting on two economic development boards and the Terrace Hospice Society board. He is also a volunteer firefighter with the Thornhill Fire Department.
Natalie is from the Okanagan Valley, and is in Terrace to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and eventually become an RN. Natalie has years of healthcare and volunteer experience and is excited to learn more about hospice and palliative care and bring that knowledge into her eventual career as a nurse.