Board of Directors
Gerry Enns | President |
Gerry Enns is the General Manager of Gerry Enns Contracting Ltd. and manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Gerry joined the Chilliwack Hospice Society board in 2017. It was another opportunity for Gerry to give back to our community, after being involved with Hospice through his Rotary Club. Gerry is married to Charlotte and they have one son and a granddaughter, Mikayla. He enjoys working on and driving his old cars, taking road trips and spending time in their small home in Osoyoos.
Benjamin Lorimer | Vice-President |
Benjamin Lorimer joined the Board of Directors for the Chilliwack Hospice Society in April 2017 where he is currently serving a term as Vice-President. Benjamin chose to volunteer his time to the Society to be part of the vital services provided to bereaved families in our community. In his everyday life Benjamin is an associate lawyer practicing as a litigator at Baker Newby LLP in Chilliwack. When he’s not working or volunteering, he enjoys reading and enjoying the natural beauty of the Fraser Valley with his wife, Mary.
Mike Olson | Treasurer |
Mike Olson is the Controller of Gerry Enns Contracting Ltd. He has worked over 20 years within the accounting industry. Mike believes that the support provided by the Chilliwack Hospice Society to people when they are at their most vulnerable is essential and joined the Board in 2020. Mike is married to Julie, and they have two daughters. In their spare time, they enjoy getting outside as much as possible, which includes yard work, golf and running.
Ryan Huston | Director |
Ryan Huston is a Registered Architect with 37 years of professional experience, and one of the founding partners of Craven Huston Powers Architects (CHPA) . His extensive planning experience provides dynamic and engaging leadership on his varied projects. Ryan has been project architect on numerous major institutional projects in the Fraser Valley and Interior regions of British Columbia. He gained valuable and relevant experience with BC Ministry of Education engagement while completing many schools around the province including Abbotsford Senior Secondary School, Langley’s Yorkson Creek Middle School and Coquitlam’s Smiling Creek Elementary School. Ryan’s projects generally incorporate concepts such as affordability, creativity, adaptability, durability, accessibility, and energy efficiency.
Chantal Chris | Director |
Chantal Chris is the Palliative Care Physician for Chilliwack and Agassiz. Chantal does pain and symptom management consults for any patients with serious illnesses referred to her and cares for the patients admitted to Cascade Hospice. Chantal joined the board in 2018. She believes the free grief and bereavement support provided by the Chilliwack Hospice Society is invaluable to our community. Chantal hopes to be able to create a strong communication link between Cascade Hospice, Chilliwack Palliative Consult Team and the Chilliwack Hospice Society. Chantal is married with a son and a daughter. They love to camp and hike and spending time cheering on her kids on at Ringette and Hockey.
Heather Bier | Director |
Heather Bier is the Commercial Services Advisor at Envision Financial. She supports the Envision commercial team with their administrative duties such as account openings, wires, transactions, AFT, and business online banking. Heather joined the Chilliwack Hospice Society board in June 2019. Heather is proud to be a member of the Board and believes the Hospice Society is a great organization with enormous support from our wonderful community. Heather married her wonderful supportive husband in 1986 and they have 4 sons, 2 daughter-in-law’s and now love being grandparents. They enjoy walking, travelling, hanging out with friends & family, motorbike rides, kayaking and touring around lakes in their boat. They also just love jumping into their car and seeing where the road leads.
Brian Fell | Director |
Brian practiced law, privately for 3 years and then, from 1998 until present, as a Crown Prosecutor, which he did pretty much everywhere along the highway from Prince Rupert to Williams Lake before, in 2011, coming to Chilliwack. In 1998, in Smithers he met Laurie, whom he wed in 2002. Their son Conor was born in Smithers and is now studying at UVic. Tragically, in the Spring of 2018, Laurie was shockingly diagnosed with a particularly aggressive cancer and was lost to him on June 7th of that year. During Laurie’s illness and its aftermath, Brian obtained much support from the Hospice Society. He hopes to pay some of that back by volunteering with the Society.
Kim Gemmell | Director |
Kim Gemmell is an author, public speaker, TEDx speaker, judge, and coach. As well she works part time at Rejuva Medical Aesthetic clinic as patient consultant. Her roots to Chilliwack run deep with her Great-Grandfather being Stephen Chadsey. She has two incredible children, Jesse and Avery, and has been married since 1991 to her wonderful husband Cameron Gemmell. Working with the Heart & Stroke Foundation, as well as the United Way, Kim feels public service and working with nonprofits are something we all should do to support our community and give back when possible. As she says, “It’s a win-win”. Kim joined the Chilliwack Hospice Society Board in 2020 and is excited to be a part of the Hospice Team and contributing to the wonderful services and support it provides.
Melanie Green | Director |
Melanie was born and raised in Chilliwack. After school, she returned home to work for the local radio station. She has been working with STAR 98.3 and Rogers Sports & Media for over 25yrs and is currently the General Sales Manager. Melanie has been married to her husband Greg, whom she met on holidays in Mexico since 1992. They have 3 grown children and she is an avid curler. Melanie is committed to giving back in the community she was raised in and joined the Board of the Chilliwack Hospice Society in 2020. The Hospice is a such a wonderful organization that touches and supports so many in our community.
Elaine Moore | Director |