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VJH Foundation Welcomes New Board Members



VJH Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is very proud to announce the appointment of four new Board members to their already robust team of volunteers.

Kevin Arbuckle, VJH Foundation President, recently welcomed the new additions to the Foundation Board of Directors, bringing the membership to 15 people. “We are thrilled to have such strong interest from the community for our Board. The skill set of our new members are a great complement to our already strong and experienced team, and we are excited to have them join us,” stated Arbuckle.

Joining the Board for the 2020/2022 term are:
 Ryan Chambers – President, Chambers Transportation Group Ltd.
 Denise Murray – Retired, Registered Nurse
 Sarah Pruckl – Business Owner, Gumtree Catering
 Derek Powers – Partner, Nixon Wenger LLP

Each new Board Member brings incredible passion and commitment to their role as exemplified by Derek Power’s reason for joining. “Prior to moving to Vernon I was a partner in a national law firm in Ontario, advising clients across a multitude of sectors, including hospitals and foundations. This was always the most fulfilling part of my practice – seeing the positive impact of their work within the communities they served. In addition, as a parent of two active children, I have had many opportunities to visit the VJH emergency room over the past few years. I have come to understand the value of a modern, well equipped hospital supported by an active foundation. I look forward to the opportunity to support healthcare in our region by helping to raise funds for not only our hospital, but long-term care facilities and community health services in the North Okanagan,” said Powers, incoming VJHF Board Member.

“We are very fortunate to have candidates of this calibre join our Board of Directors,” said Kate McBrearty, VJH Foundation Executive Director. “And while we welcome our newest members, we also say an incredibly grateful and heartfelt thank you to our two retiring members. Elise Allan, Partner with Nixon Wenger LLP, has been an integral part of our Board for 12 years, having served both as President as well as member at large. Additionally, Richard Rolke gave an amazing 18 years of dedication and commitment to the Foundation Board. Their exemplary service and committee work saw us through many fundraising campaigns including the Tower of Care and Operation Surgical Care for Life. We are humbled by their long term commitment to the VJH Foundation.”

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