The Prince George Hospice Board of Directors
Steve Henderson was born and raised in Central Alberta (Lacombe) working with the family dairy farm. He graduated high school then graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts. Subsequently, in 1978 Steve moved to Grande Prairie with his wife Ann Marie.
Working with the Department of Municipal Affairs, Steve began his appraisal and land negotiation career, which included 4 years working for the County of Wetaskiwin and still years with the County of Lacombe. It was during his tenure with Wetaskiwin that he took on the role of land agent as well as utility and development officer.
In 1990 Steve and his family moved to Prince George, where he worked with the Ministry of Transportation in the role of property negotiator and manager, for 7 years throughout central and northern BC. During this period, he began learning negotiations, history and cultural aspects of Aboriginal peoples.
In 1997 Steve joined Westcoast Energy, working within a lands, community and Aboriginal Relations group. Over the course of 20 years with Westcoast, Duke Energy and Spectra Energy he helped influence community and Aboriginal engagement across the pipeline system, from NWT to the US border and in the prairie provinces.
Steve’s main responsibilities included providing community relations, engagement implementation as well as public and Aboriginal consultation advice into operational and expansion project teams. He was responsible for leading a team dedicated to building sustaining positive relationships with Aboriginal communities throughout the company’s operating areas. His focus was upon ensuring that strategic programs and plans were implemented to support Spectra Energy’s business activities and business development while taking into consideration community and Aboriginal interests.
Steve has a professional appraisal designation from the BC Real Estate Institute and has worked in Alberta and BC in local, provincial and private industries inland negotiation roles. From 2000 to 2006, he was the vice-chair of the Two Rivers Gallery and May 22, 2012, joined the UNBC Alumni as an Honorary Member.
1st Vice President
Tara Szerencsi is the Vice President of Finance & Corporate Services at the College of Caledonia. She has held various roles in accounting and financial services at both the College and at Northern Health and has over 20 years of experience in public sector and not-for-profit accounting.
Tara is an accountant with a CPA, CMA designation. She earned both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degrees at UNBC. She is currently also a member of the Prince George Community Foundation’s Investment Committee, the CNC Research Forest Society Board, and was recently the Treasurer on the Performers North Society Board for three years.
Tara was born and raised in Prince George and is passionate about this city. She and her husband have two children, and a large extended family here. With deep roots in the community, Tara is proud to support the incredible and important services offered by the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society and its employees and volunteers.
Jacques Edmond Fournier
2nd Vice President
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and moved to British Columbia in 1980, transferred to Prince George in 1985 where I raised my family. Married, 4 Children and 9 Grand Children.
Jacques is currently a Consultant for Wilson M. Beck Insurance Group, previously 29 years with Western Financial Group in various capacities as Manager, Sales management, Program management/training. Sold my insurance brokerage to them in 1999.
Previously owner of Fournier Insurance Brokers Ltd. From 1990 to 1999
Vice President/ Branch Manager for Reed Stenhouse Ltd. From 1985 to 1990
Claims Examiner for Reed Stenhouse Ltd. In Vancouver 1982 -1985
Claims Manager: Paragon Insurance Company 1980-1982
Claims Examiner: Aetna Casualty 1979-1980 in Montreal
Claims adjuster: Wawanesa Mutual 1975-1979
Graduate of Insurance Institute of Canada (Chartered Insurance Professional)
Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, (Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker diploma)
College du Vieux Montreal Insurance Graduate
Various business related course, Business Administration, Tort Law at University of Toronto
Vice Chair of Two Rivers Crime Prevention Society
Secretary/treasurer Resources Connector North
Member: Rotary International
Member: Spruce Capital Wildlife Association
Director Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George
Director Studio 2880
Member Chamber of Commerce
Teresa was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and came to Prince George after completing the teacher education program at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Like many, she and her husband came to Prince George for a year or two but have stayed for 48, raising three children and enjoying being part of this amazing community and all it has to offer.
Teresa holds a Bachelor of General Studies and a Masters degree in Educational Administration from SFU. She spent her professional career in teaching and school administration.
After retiring from Education in 2009, she volunteered in several organizations of meaning for her: Prince George Hospice as an accounts payable assistant and as a Greeter in the House;
AiMHi – member of the fund development committee; Prince George Cantata Singers – Board member, president and past-president; Prince George Symphony Orchestra – Board member, president and past-president; Prince George Community Foundation – Board Member, chair of the Citizen of the Year Dinner and Fundraiser and the Grants Committee, and serving as president and past-president.
In 2016, Teresa left retirement to work as the General Manger of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra (2016 – 2021) and most recently as the Operations Manager for the Prince George 2022 BC Summer Games (2022).
She is looking forward to her third try at retirement and is pleased to return to volunteering with the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society.
Mary Mytting was born and raised in Prince George, lived in Vancouver, then in South Africa for 12 years and returned to Prince George (home) in 2016. Mary has a diverse background in business and not-for-profits. She has started, then sold, two successful businesses in Vancouver and started an ongoing successful charity in South Africa, Boost Africa Foundation. Mary is currently the Project Manager of the Leadership & Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (LEAP) for Women at Community Futures Fraser Fort George. With over two decades of entrepreneurship, sales, marketing and communications experience, Mary is able to share her experience while enhancing LEAP’s participant’s learning and understanding of leadership and business development.
Mary has a special place in her heart for Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society and looks forward to utilizing her skills and abilities in supporting the important work done by the society.
Daniel is a semi-retired Occupational Health and Safety instructor and soon to be ex first aid instructor. He has had a varied work life from 17 years with BC Rail to being a bouncer in a bar. He has worked all over Canada in a variety of industries and positions.
Daniel lives in West Beaverly with his 3 dogs and 4 cats. His wife of 38 years passed in February 2020, and he is now in a new phase of his life with a new friend and looking forward to the future.
Daniel joined the Board of Directors at Hospice to give back to the community. He is in awe of Hospice and all we do, and he hopes to bring a different type of experience to the mix. Daniel describes himself as a simple and honest man. He is always willing to help whoever needs help, just ask.
Daniel is looking forward to learning and being part of the team.
Trina Lomax is the Controller with Heartland Steel Structures Ltd and Peak North America in Prince George. Trina is a Chartered Professional Accountant – CA (2003) with over 20 years of experience in business and accounting roles, including 5 years in the Northern Health Financial Planning & Analysis Department, where she also obtained her Lean Healthcare Black Belt certification. Trina is a member of the Yellowhead Rotary Club and has volunteer experience in various roles including treasurer of Kool Kats Kid Care.
Linda has spent her career working with children. After spending fourteen years as an elementary classroom teacher, she took on the role as a school administrator in 2005 and has enjoyed that challenge ever since. She is currently the Principal of Harwin Elementary School and is involved in several district wide initiatives and committees.
Linda enjoys being active, particularly outdoors. She and her husband Mike can often be found on local trails hiking or snowshoeing, and they also spend considerable time camping and exploring. She also enjoys spending time with her three adult children.
Linda enjoys participating in local events such as Relay for Life, Big Brothers and Big Sisters 5 km Your Way, Walk for Diabetes, Run for the Cure, and of course the Hospice Colour Walk.
Hospice has held a special place in Linda’s heart after her own experience with her mom. Serving as a Board Member is an avenue for Linda to give back.
Nelson Onwuliri is a professional with 5+ years of human resource management experience, the last 3 years have been with First Nations and Indigenous Government. Nelson has a notable experience in strategic human resource planning, performance management, staffing, federal and provincial law compliance, employment contract negotiations, employee benefits, compensation and payroll, training and development, and management coaching.
Nelson Onwuliri holds a master’s degree with a merit in International Relations and Security from University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom and a bachelor’s degree with a second class upper in Political Science from Madonna University, Nigeria. Additionally, Nelson Onwuliri also has a Post-Diploma in Human Resources Management with Honours from College of New Caledonia, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Nelson Onwuliri has worked with Prestigious National Multi-Cultural Institute in West Africa to become a master level trainer in cultural competency. Nelson Onwuliri is a member of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia/Yukon and a member of Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Nelson Onwuliri is also a Registered Professional Recruiter under the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada. Nelson Onwuliri is also a certified member with AFOA and has recently got his Certified Indigenous Human Resources Professional (CIHRP) through AFOA Canada.
Nelson Onwuliri works with professionals who are in leadership roles in public education and are looking to understand the strategies they can employ to balance themselves between their personal life and their work life so they can be more effective in their leadership role.
Isabella Wilson-Beaulieu is a Regional Manager with Northern Health working in Prince George. Isabella is a Registered Nurse by background, working in areas such as Geriatrics, Forensics, Mental Health, Informatic and formally at the Rotary Hospice House. Isabella has a variety of certifications in Business Process Management, Six Sigma Black Belt, and her MBA. She is currently the UNBC Alumni chair. Isabella is always up for learning, and experiencing new things.
Isabella spends her free time with her daughter, spending a lot of time outside and camping. They can be found traveling and trying new adventures, or spending time close to home with their dog and fish.
Isabella is grateful to the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society and the Rotary Hospice House for all that they do for the community, and is pleased to be on the team.