Board Of Directors
Sue Skeates (Chairperson)
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
Diana Wood (Vice 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.”
Verna was born in Alliston Ontario on February 2 1957. Her father, a veteran of the WW2, was still serving in the Canadian military at that time. The family moved between various posting in Canada and Germany finally settling in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1967. Verna completed high school in Winnipeg then entered the Canadian military in 1976 as a Finance Clerk posted to Edmonton.
Verna left the military in 1981 and began pursuing her Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation while working full time and raising a family. Verna received her CMA designation in 1991.
In late 1990 the family moved from outside Edmonton to Victoria and then to Duncan where Verna started working for the Cowichan Valley Regional District as Deputy Treasurer. In 1995 Verna and family moved to the Terrace area where Verna became Treasurer/Deputy Administrator of Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine. Verna has a Certificate in Senior Municipal management along with her CMA/CPA designation and various other certificates.
Verna is happily married for 36 years to Floyd Wickie who is a Canadian forces veteran. She has four children (Robin, Johnathon, Tanya and Robert) and eight grandchildren. Verna is passionate about her family and community.
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.