Sue Skeates (Executive Director / Educator)
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 chair of the board, she has worked with Diana Wood to bring public education for Advance Care Planning to Terrace and area. Over the past two years she has also functioned 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
Sandy Pringle (CAREGIVER OUTREACH)
I am originally from Toronto Ontario, but I moved to Terrace in 1994 to live in this beautiful town. I met and married my husband here and we then moved to the Northwest Territories. We happily came back Terrace in 2008 to be closer to family.
I graduated from Coast Mountain College in 2012 with an Associate Degree in Social Work and will be working on my Bachelor’s Degree at UNBC.I have also enjoyed a twenty-year career in Justice and retired to work with the amazing people at Terrace Hospice Society and the Friend and Family Care givers of the Northwest.
I am currently the Community Outreach Worker Family and Friends Caregiver Support in the Northwest and the Community Liaison for the Terrace Hospice Society. My goal is to bring an adapted a version of the Family Caregivers of BC program to unpaid Caregivers in this under-resourced area. This will be done through specially trained Volunteer Peer Supporters and Group Facilitations.
Over the next couple of years, I hope to bring our excellent programming to the fore as I love working and living in the Northwest and being of service to our community.
Cheryl Gray (CAREGIVER PROGRAM COORDINATOR)
Cheryl is the Coordinator of the Family Caregivers of the Northwest program. She started in social services 20 years ago in Ontario and has been blessed to work both in rural and urban communities with all kinds of cultures. For the last several years she has worked in the gender-based violence sector and recently made the shift to Terrace Hospice Society. Like many of you, she has experienced a number of losses. But her interest in death, dying and grief truly began in 2016 after she suffered a concussion. In her role at Hospice, she will be helping to facilitate groups aimed at supporting Caregivers as well as offering one-to-one support. Cheryl will be creating a list of helpful movies/documentaries, podcasts, books, and other media related to caregiving, which will be posted on our website. If you have any recommendations, please send them her way! You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 250-635-4811.
If you want to learn more about how we can help support you in your journey as a caregiver, or just need a friendly ear to hear you, please reach out.
Happy Day!!! Our grant application was approved.
What would have been different if we had not received this grant money? From first hearing of our success, the mood changed in our little THS community! Our strategic planning took on larger challenges that we could not have seriously considered previously. We collectively became like the Lion in The Wizard of Oz. We considered different ways of attracting volunteers, of using technology, of reaching out to our larger community. With more people and more ideas, and yes, more money, it is a joy to come to work each day and make a difference within ourselves, that impacts those struggling with similar challenges our volunteers faced with their own personal stories of growth and development as we age.
Thank you to the United Way and to Family Caregivers of BC.