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Our Staff

Over the years, the Abbotsford Hospice Society has created a workplace culture of trust and fairness, and has assembled a team of dedicated, skilled, and compassionate staff who work to provide a variety of exemplary services to our community

International Speaker and Life Leadership Coach, President & Founder of Wonder Women Society, former ED of Women of BC/Yukon, PAOC and Capital Campaign Director of Tabor Village. Andrea is actively involved in her community and serves on the boards of Mission Indo-Canadian Business Association and International Humanitarian Hope Society. Her family, faith and friends are the center of her life and the passion to make a difference for others through all aspects of her life. She is honoured to be part of the team that brings their skills and passion to support and care for the friends and families of the Abbotsford Hospice Society.

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Andrea Critchley

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Vanessa comes with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and years of experience in health care, providing support, education, and programs for the vulnerable sector. Her vast experience working with families, children, teens, and individuals living with mental health and life limiting illness, gives her the ability to support the children and families of our community. Her knowledge and skills to assess and individualize programs with therapeutic programming for all ages, is an asset to our programs, as everyone’s journey with grief is unique and individualized. Her passion is designing therapeutic and meaningful programs that meet the needs of the people she is supporting, while giving them the tools to move forward with confidence and hope. 

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Vanessa Aparicio

CHILDREN & FAMILY COORDINATOR

Susanne joined Abbotsford Hospice Society in February 2022.  Susanne brings 15 years of knowledge in healthcare and has experience with

end-of-life care and anticipatory grief for loved ones experiencing loss who lived in care.  With her background in healthcare she supports our volunteers who enjoy sharing their time in our community

Away from work Susanne enjoys spending time with her husband and her family.  Her pride and joy are her grandchildren who she loves to spend as much time with as possible. 

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Susanne Fehr

PALLIATIVE SERVICES MANAGER

Charanpreet joined AHS in 2020 as a volunteer, which helped her gain an understanding and an appreciation for what AHS had to offer.  In 2021, she joined the staff as a Program Support Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology. Her previous volunteer affiliations include Abbotsford Community Services, B.C. Cancer Agency, TWECS and Menno Place.  She is honoured to be a part of the AHS team and feels grateful to have the opportunity to provide support to those in their grief journey. Away from work, Charanpreet enjoys baking, reading, travelling and spending time with her family and friends. 

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Charanpreet Mahal

PROGRAM SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Brendan joined the team in 2021 having worked in non-profits and development offices with a focus recently on long-term care and assisted living for seniors. He holds a Bachelor's degree in business administration and a diploma in accountancy. He is very excited to join the team and use his abilities to support the existing team at Abbotsford Hospice Society. Outside of work he enjoys time doing volunteer work as a basketball coach, board games with family, and hiking in the area.

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Brendan Adrian

FINANCE MANAGER

Ashley began her work with AHS as a practicum student as a part of her Bachelor Degree program in Social Work with UFV. She came on staff in 2021 while she finished her degree. She is also part of the student social work association as the event coordinator. She works as a support worker for women struggling with substance use disorders, has volunteered for many years with Big Brother/Big Sister in Abbotsford, and has done some volunteer work with seniors. Her experience with grief started at age 7 when her dad died. Supporting families and children is her passion. In her free time she likes long walks on the beach and doing yoga with her dog, Rosie.

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Ashley Sharma

CHILDREN & YOUTH SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Rick started with the AHS team in 2021. He brings his lifetime of customer oriented service to the Society to ensure that the goals of AHS are matched with caring community donors. He believes in the mission of AHS to help people who are dying and support individuals and families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. He has experienced firsthand how hospice helps individuals in their care and felt that now was his time to help in this cause. Rick is a Past President of the Abbotsford-Sumas Rotary Club as well as current board member of Abbotsford Minor Hockey.

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Rick Barkwell

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Corporate & Community Partnerships

Christina has grown up in Abbotsford and has been an active volunteer for over 20 years working with non profits such as Big Brothers and Sisters CFV, Abbotsford Police Department, BC Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, as well as AHS since 2013. She came on staff in 2020 and brings extensive knowledge in the event and logistics field focusing on philanthropy, and brings an unparalleled enthusiasm to create and execute flawless events. She is looking forward to working with the connections she has made within the community and bringing awareness to AHS. On her off time Christina can be seen travelling the world, on the ice with her hockey team, on the field with her fast pitch team, or riding her motorcycle!

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Christina Nelson

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Community Engagement

 Michelle joined the team in 2020 having worked at several other non-profit organizations including long-term seniors care and children’s mental health. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Her efforts include grant research and writing, donor relations and everything administrative. She is proud to work with the phenomenal team at Abbotsford Hospice Society who provides incredible support and care for members of our community.

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Michelle Whalen

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

“Makenna has recently graduated and comes with a degree in counseling foundations with some training in grief care. She has also done some teaching and training on the importance of mental health through different seminars, especially during the pandemic, with emphasis on grief and loss and the impact that had and continues to have on individuals. In her time outside of work she enjoys going for walks, shopping, and trying out new coffee shops with her husband. She looks forward to working alongside everyone here at the Hospice and in the community and looks forward to getting to know the amazing volunteers that help here.”

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Makenna Loft

VOLUNTEER & DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Bio coming soon

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Shelley Nelson

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Community Engagement