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Foundation Board of Directors

Bethell Hospice Foundation Board at June 2019 Annual General Meeting
L-R:  Syd Harmon, Bonnie Klaassen, Al Frittenburg, John Sanderson, Lori O’Hara-Hoke, Danila Maric, Tim Powell, Mollie Cavan, Stephanie Lockhart, Bob Fines
Absent: Barb Gough

We are seeking Bethell Hospice Foundation Volunteer Board Members

Bethell Hospice Foundation is currently seeking dedicated, qualified community-minded individuals to serve on our volunteer Board of Directors. Bethell Hospice Foundation is a registered charity and undertakes to raise funds in support of Bethell Hospice, which is the only residential hospice serving Brampton, Caledon, Dufferin County and West Woodbridge.

For more information click on the position description below.

Bethell Hospice Foundation Volunteer Board Members

We are seeking individuals, who:

  • Work and/or live in our major catchment areas of Brampton, Caledon, Dufferin County
  • Have previous board experience with charitable, not-for-profit organizations, service clubs, etc.
  • Have been involved with fundraising initiatives
  • Are comfortable in approaching others for their support

Have experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Business management
  • Community involvement
  • Finance/ Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Legal

Board of Director Responsibilities include:

  • Actively participate in fundraising initiatives
  • Financially support the organization, spread the word, & identify potential supporters
  • Prepare for and attend Board Meetings (6 regular meetings per year, plus up to 2 extra meetings). Board meeting are generally held on the 3rdFriday of the month, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To apply, please forward your resume to bhfboard@bethellhospice.org

To contact the Board of Directors, email: bhfboard@bethellhospice.org

Elizabeth Birnie, Honourary Patron

Elizabeth Birnie Bio Coming Soon

Mollie Cavan, Board Member

Mollie Cavan Bio Coming Soon

Bob Fines, Board Member

Bob Fines Bio Coming Soon

Barb Gough, Secretary

Barb has been a resident of Caledon since 1973. Originally from the historic village of Unionville, Barb followed sister, Bonnie, to Caledon, finding it the perfect place to raise her family – Marcy, Sam and Melanie. Family has always been Barb’s priority. With a steadfast belief in lifelong learning, Barb dedicated herself to business, education, human resources and volunteerism. After supply teaching for a few years in the community, Barb founded and managed Motivated Personnel. For over thirty years, the Gough family has continued their involvement with staffing, and currently own and operate Motivated Staffing in Bolton.

Volunteerism has long been a part of Barb’s life, sitting on various boards and committees committed to the betterment of life for those most vulnerable within our community. In addition to her work with Bethell Hospice Foundation, Barb has also been involved with the Caledon Chamber of Commerce, Family Transition Place, Caledon Centre for Recreation & Wellness, Hospice Dufferin, Caledon Community Services, and Peel Children’s Aid Society.

Barb relishes getting away to the family retreat, “Back of the Moon”, where lots of time is spent with the family, which now includes 7 grandchildren. Each is gradually growing to share the love of the natural beauty of Muskoka.

With David and friends, Barb takes time to golf, travel, read or just enjoy one another in this beautiful community we call home.

Bonnie Klaassen, Board Member

Bonnie Klaassen Bio Coming Soon

Stephanie Lockhart, Board Member

Stephanie Lockhart Bio Coming Soon

Danila Maric, Board Member

Danila has worked with Scotiabank for over 30 years, and has made Caledon her home since 1989. Soon after arriving in the community, Danila also became an active volunteer. Among her many involvements, she spent 13 years as a fundraising volunteer with Caledon Community Services, including serving on their Board of Directors.

Danila first became involved with Bethell Hospice through Scotiabank’s sponsorship of a fashion show fundraiser in 2008. Since then, she has been instrumental in bringing Scotiabank and Bethell Hospice together on many occasions, with Scotiabank providing matching funds for many Bethell Hospice fundraising events.

Danila is a strong believer in the importance of Bethell Hospice in the community. “After stepping inside Bethell Hospice for the first time, I couldn’t help but want to be further involved. I feel very fortunate to now serve on the Foundation Board.”

When she finds time, Danila also enjoys golf, theatre, travel, and retail therapy with her girlfriends.

Lori O’Hara-Hoke, Board Member

Working in Information Technology for much of her career, Lori O’Hara-Hoke has led programs, projects and teams that deliver superior services and solutions. Her focus on analysis, service, creativity, communication and relationships sums up her working style.

As the program manager for a start-up fundraising event, The Inside Ride, her team grew the event from $90K to over $2.2M in annual funds in 4 years. 100% of participant donations benefited children’s cancer charities supported by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.

With over 25 years of experience as a non-profit volunteer, coach, participant, fundraiser, and donor, Lori gratefully joined the Board of the Bethell Hospice Foundation in 2015 when the opportunity arose. She says, “Every time I enter Bethell Hospice, I’m reminded of the beauty and challenges of palliative care and feel and see the love and caring from the staff and volunteers to our residents and families. It truly is a unique place”.

Lori works for CIBC as a senior IT Project Manager in the Information Security team. 

Tim Powell, Treasurer

Tim brings 45 years of business experience to the Board, as the second generation leader of his family food marketing and distribution company, A.S. May Powell Corporation.

Tim has extensive Board experience, including his role as Past Chair of Trinity College School in Port Hope and the Trinity College School Foundation, as well as 20 years of leadership in financial management and fundraising for All Saints Anglican Church in Erin.

“Raising the funds to build Bethell Hospice was a huge achievement. To annually raise significant additional funds to sustain its operations will also require leveraging expertise to provide a multi-faceted, fully integrated program of funding acquisition. Happily, Bethell Hospice is its own best salesperson – visit once, and you want to get involved.”

Tim has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2011.

John Sanderson, Chair

Named “Citizen of the Year” by the Brampton Guardian and “Business Person of the Year” by the Brampton Board of Trade, John Sanderson is a Government Relations Consultant who has devoted his entire life to the service of the Brampton and Peel Region communities.

John served two terms as Regional Councillor for Wards 3 and 4 at the City of Brampton and at the Region of Peel. During his term in office, John sat on many Regional committees including the Waste Management Committee (Chair), the Intergovernmental Relations Advisory Committee (Vice-Chair), and the Growth Management Committee.

John is currently the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Brampton. He served as President of the Ontario Waste Management Association, the Brampton Board of Trade, and the Brampton Excelsiors Major Lacrosse Club.

John was the Founder and Owner of J.W.S Systems Inc., Vice President and General Manager of L.W. Sanderson Resource Recovery Ltd., and Vice President and General Manager of Sanderson Cartage Ltd.

John was awarded Volunteer of the Year for Eastern Canada by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal. He also received the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award, Rotary’s highest honour.

John has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2014.