The Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society Team
Donna has been a nurse for 36 years and had an opportunity to nurse in various countries around the world. Her most memorable and life-changing experience was her work in Calcutta, where she worked in Mother Teresa’s Hospice and instructed her nuns on nursing practice. This developed her passion for providing care in a different way. Focusing on the individual and understanding that care and compassion are key elements in supporting all people with serious illness. Donna is currently the Executive Director of the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society. She has been in that position since January 2015. Donna is the current president of the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association and is a Director on the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Board.
Donna and her husband Frank have enjoyed living in Prince George with their two children Mary and Liam.
RHH Operations Manager
Erin Anderlini has joined our team as the Operations Manager – Non-Clinical at Rotary Hospice House. She was born in Prince George, has lived here most of her life, and has a young family. She is a registered Clinical Counsellor, comes with 20 years of experience working for Indigenous social service agencies, and most recently served as the Health Director at the Prince George Native Friendship Centre. She is also the President of the Board for Central Interior Native Health Society. Erin has a passion for working with/for Elders and is committed to being involved in the non-profit sector.
Care Aides & Registered Nurses
Rotary Hospice House Care Aides offer so much more than personal care, cleaning, and meal preparation. They help create a homelike atmosphere by taking care of the garden, ensuring we have plants throughout the house, and making special meals/baked goods when time allows. They welcome guests, family, friends, social workers, physicians and others to the house, and make sure ambulance attendants are well taken care of when they visit us.
Since the team works together at all hours and in sometimes stressful situations; they form close connections and truly support each other when someone is ill or unable to come in to work. They do what needs to be done, and Care Aides make the house home for our guests and hundreds of visitors each year.
Anika grew up in Williams Lake and moved to Prince George to attend UNBC where she completed a degree in Anthropology. She then decided to pursue her accounting designation and completed the Certified Management Accountant program in 2015. Her career started as an Accountant in public accounting and then moved into the forestry sector as the Financial Controller for a local company. She has a broad range of experience in business and accounting and strives to lead her team with integrity, collaboration and encouragement.
Anika has friends and family members who have been touched by Hospice and has seen the positive impact it can make in a difficult time. She is very proud to join the team and support the initiatives set out by the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society.
In her spare time, Anika enjoys reading, baking, painting, or spending time outside gardening and relaxing with her pets.
In her many years of involvement with Hospice, Denise has had hundreds (probably thousands) of conversations about death, dying, loss and grief. She says that people that she has been in conversation with have been her teachers. She is honoured that she has been entrusted with their stories.
Denise works in RHH supporting the guests and their families, she works in the community, connecting with caregivers and people with life-limiting illnesses – bringing support and comfort to our community members. She is a facilitator of our support groups – Coffee for the Caregiver, Tea Time for the Soul, Grief and Grub for Guys and our newest group, grieving the loss of someone from an opioid overdose.
She is passionate about creating spaces for people to grieve and to feel safe while going through the experience.
In her off time, Denise is a mother and wife, an author, a coach and a workshop facilitator for women based on the book that she has written.
Community Grief Support
Susan is originally from Ontario, and has lived in beautiful Prince George since 1999. She loves the people here and it felt like home when she arrived, so she stayed.
With over 25 years of experience in the social services field, Susan has joined the PGHPCS team as the Community Grief Support worker. She looks forward to meeting, walking with, and supporting people who have experienced a loss. In her spare time she loves walking, kayaking, learning new skills, and spending time with her pugs Mister and Missy.
Community Grief Support
Our resale shop staff work tirelessly every day sorting and cleaning thousands of donated items. Both shops have an excellent group of employees who all have a great sense of humor, and truly enjoy working together, as well as for the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society. There’s not a day that goes by without some kind of shenanigan taking place that’s got everyone laughing. We’re lucky that our staff are so “bombdiggly,” as per our very own Mandy Rae!
We welcome you to drop by either of our shop locations, and say hi to this fabulous group of people.
Fund Development & Dream Home Coordinator
Sandra is part of the Fund Development Team and has been with the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society since April 2019. With over half of our annual operating budget coming from fundraising, there are many areas this team works to raise those funds. Sandra is part of many of those fundraising areas but concentrates primarily on the Hospice Dream Home, which is the Hospice’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Sandra is immensely compassionate and it shows through in everything she does. Her drive and passion for her work have grown the Dream Home Lottery to what it is today.
Sandra has joined us with a background in customer service, event planning, fundraising, and media relations. Sandra is a dedicated community volunteer focusing on events and groups that advocate and enhance the lives of others. Sandra is currently a member of the Prince George Road Runners, where she is the organizer of Beat the Bugs Trail Race as well as a part of Wheelin’ Warriors of the North that supports the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Beyond volunteering, at all moments possible, she loved getting out exploring Prince George by hiking, snowshoeing, and biking!
Jessica is an Ontario transplant who moved to Prince George in 2002 and fell in love with place and the people. She spent 11 years in the Broadcast industry before finding her place in the Fund Development Department with The Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society in July 2021. Jessica now works as Special Events Support to help raise funds for care at the Rotary Hospice House, and for community grief support programs offered by Hospice. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband, Gregg, and feeding, cleaning-up after and cuddling her menagerie of dogs and cats.
Shea has been helping bring people together through technology for over five years, striving to make our daily lives a bit easier and our technology bit less scary.