Contact Us

Abbotsford Hospice Society & Holmberg House

32780 Marshall Road

Abbotsford, B.C.

V2S 1J7

 

604-852-2456

If you are parking in the hospital parking lot, please be aware that there is a designated crosswalk at the corner of Gladwin and Marshall Road. 

General information:

Info@abbotsfordhospice.org

 

Executive Director

Ron Kuehl, ext. 419

Ron@abbotsfordhospice.org

Bereavement Services Manager:

Myra Lightheart, ext. 416

Myra@abbotsfordhospice.org

Palliative Services Manager:

Tina Van Ry, ext. 415

Tina@abbotsfordhospice.org

Children's Services Manager:

Leanne Shuttleworth, ext. 418

Leanne@abbotsfordhospice.org

Children's Services Coordinator:

Kaamil Sidhu, ext. 413

Kaamil@abbotsfordhospice.org

Day Hospice Program Manager:

Cyndi McLeod, ext. 425

Cyndi@abbotsfordhospice.org

Finance Director:

Flo Kehler, ext. 414

Flo@abbotsfordhospice.org

Office Manager/

Communications & Marketing:

Heidy Braun, ext. 417

Heidy@abbotsfordhospice.org

Client/Office Coordinator:

Susanne Brown, ext 401 

Susanne@abbotsfordhospice.org

Development Officer,

Community Giving

Tania Inkster, ext. 423

Tania@abbotsfordhospice.org

Development Officer, Major Giving

David Leis

David@abbotsfordhospice.org

 

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 and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide a variety of exemplary services to our community

AHS Team Members are involved in all aspects of hospice services and they are charged with many responsibilities; including, management and growth of client services, training programs and professional development, research, fundraising, community education and events, media relations, and local, provincial and national end-of-life initiative. 

Ron Kuehl

Executive Director

Ron brings a variety of executive leadership experiences to the AHS. His progressive career spans int’l experiences in advanced education, allied health care & in marketing & communications with CBC TV.  His interest in hospice & palliative care was cultivated through his senior leadership position with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Van. & more recently with the Canadian Cancer Society.  Ron & his wife Mary Ellen are former long term residents of Abby.

Myra Lightheart

Bereavement Services Manager

Myra joined the AHS staff in 2014.  Her education, work history, and volunteer roles prepared her for the work, but it was the death of her late husband that gave her a deep appreciation for good grief support. 

Myra has a dual-track in her work: one is to offer grief support to adults through one-to-one companioning and a variety of grief support groups; and the other is education. Myra facilitates the training program for those who wish to engage as client support volunteers and she also is available to speak to community groups.    

Tina Van Ry

Palliative Services Manager

Tina has always been interested in the Hospice movement and began her work with the Abbotsford Hospice Society as a volunteer grief support companion, offering support to the dying  and to those grieving the death of a loved one. Her current staff position of Palliative Services Manager was preceded by the staff position of Volunteer Coordinator. Tina’s understanding and appreciation of the mission of AHS and of the role of the volunteer enabled  her to recruit, encourage, and equip the volunteer team. When the Palliative Services Manager position became open, Tina served in that capacity alongside the duties of Volunteer Coordinator. It was at that time that Tina recognized that her passion was to build a program that would effectively serve and support those who are dying  and their families, whether in Holmberg House, in the hospital, or in the community. 

Leanne Shuttleworth

Children's Services Manager

Leanne had the fortune of joining the AHS team in September 2018. Her educational and professional background is rooted in the helping sciences where she has worked with individuals from infancy through late-adulthood. Her personal experiences have greatly deepened her dedication to helping others; being mom to 3 incredible kiddos and becoming a widow in 2016. Her hope is to help children better understand their grief, as well as promote healthy ways for managing it. Honoured by the opportunity to work alongside kids, supporting their positive growth, Leanne is also inspired by the resilience she sees within the kids and families, as well as the colleagues and volunteers she works with at AHS.

Kaamil Sidhu

Children's Services Coordinator

Kaamil joined the AHS team in September 2019 after completing her practicum working in the Children's Program. She has her Bachelors in Child and Youth Care and her Early Childhood Education Certificate. She has worked with children in a variety of roles, and especially appreciates her role as Children's Services Coordinator at AHS. She has learnt a lot about grief and loss support already and looks forward to learning much more and developing her skills further, working with the children and their families in the program.

Cyndi McLeod

Day Hospice Program Manager

Cyndi joined AHS  in August 2019 as the Day Hospice Program Manager. Cyndi’s first touch point with Abbotsford Hospice was many years ago, when attending an Adult Grief Support Group following the sudden loss of a loved one. Cyndi brings with her a varied background in the healthcare field, as well as years of volunteer service within the community. The past decade and more, has been focused on supporting persons living with dementia and their families. This is a journey Cyndi knows well, as she was a primary support & caregiver for her family and mother, who lived with Alzheimer’s disease. Cyndi is excited to begin this new chapter with AHS. Away from work, Cyndi enjoys the gifts of nature – walking, paddle boarding, skiing, travelling and spending time with her blossoming family. 

Flo Kehler

Finance Director

Flo joined the team in January 2010 and has worked in various roles over the years including finance, project management for the opening of Holmberg House and grant writing.  In her current role as Finance Director, Flo works to maximize efficiency as well as streamline processes relating to financial reporting and daily business operations.  She is involved with budgeting, government reporting and providing assistance to the Executive Director.  Since its inception, Flo has also been very involved in the operations of the Dave Lede Campus of Care.  Having been personally touched by the care and compassion that hospice care and grief support provides, Flo is passionate about the work and vision of this exceptional organization.

Heidy Braun

Office Manager/Communications & Marketing

Heidy joined the AHS team in 2015. Her role consists of part-time at the front desk where she enjoys greeting visitors and guests as they walk in the front door and part-time in the marketing/communications role. It is a great balance of both. Since starting with hospice, she has learned a great deal about the invaluable service that is provided to the community through our programs and feels honoured to work in such an amazing place. During her time off, she enjoys creating art, reading, spending time with friends and her four children.

Susanne Brown

Client/Office Coordinator

Susanne joined AHS in November 2018 working part-time as the Office/Client Coordinator. She approached AHS the beginning of 2018 offering her services to assist patients and families in documenting their family history with their photos and stories. She then took the Volunteer Training and began as a volunteer in August 2018 on the 2nd floor. Susanne loves genealogy & photography and lives in Maple Ridge with her husband and has two grown sons.

Tania Inkster

Development Officer, Community Giving

Tania joins the AHS Team as of October 2018 and brings with her a broad range of experience from an eclectic background in Hospitality, Media and Event Coordination.  Recently, she has worked for the Chilliwack RBC Cup as the Volunteer Coordinator, Rogers Broadcasting Inc., The Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and Chilliwack Community Services as the Event Coordinator.  Through her sponsorship affiliation with Rogers Broadcasting, she became exposed and appreciative of AHS and the wonderful services that they provide. As a recent graduate of the Canadian Tourism College Event Management Certification Program, Tania brings a passion for raising funds and connecting to the community through events and relationships.  She enjoys the arts, music, hiking, horseback riding, cooking, many water sports, traveling, spending time with family and friends and is a lover of animals.

David Leis

Development Officer, Major Giving

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Abbotsford Hospice Society

& Holmberg House

32780 Marshall Road Abbotsford, B.C. 

V2S 1J7  *  604-852-2456