Providing leadership, vision and direction

The KGH Foundation Board of Directors

A group of outstanding individuals and professionals committed to driving excellence in health care forward for patients and families in our region. Together, the KGH Foundation Board of Directors provide leadership, direction, and support to Foundation staff and drive strategic partnership to raise funds vital to the acute and long-term care needs unique to our region.

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Darrell Porubanec

Board Chair

Investment Advisor
Retired

Darrell joined the KGH Foundation Board in 2016, is the Board Vice-Chair and sits on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee..

Darrell graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Honors from the University of Manitoba in 1977. He retired as an investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities after 29 years. Darrell began his career as a Sales Representative and eventually moved to the financial services industry. In 1984, Darrell completed his Chartered Financial Planner designation. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute in 1988. In 1989 Darrell and his family were transferred to Kelowna. He is the former 2008-09 President of the Kelowna Estate Planning Society.

Darrell has been one of the sponsors of B.C. Children’s Hospital Radiothon over the years. He was also involved with the Canadian Cancer Society Gala of Hope from 2008 to 2010.

In 2013 he joined the Leadership Team for the Be a Lifesaver Campaign for the KGH Foundation to help raise $12 million for additional equipment for the new Interior Heart and Surgical Center.

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Kyle Recsky

Board Vice-Chair

Odlum Brown Limited
Associate Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor

Kyle joined the KGH Foundation in 2018 and sits on the Finance & Administration Committee.

Kyle graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honors) with a Major in Management Information Systems (MIS). While attending UBC, Kyle played four years of Varsity Volleyball for the UBC Thunderbirds.

Kyle spent nine years in Vancouver working in a range of roles with a start-up company serving vertical markets including jet scheduling, global fulfillment, knowledge management, web traffic optimization and bioinformatics. He then spent four years working in healthcare analytics.

He is now an Associate Portfolio Manager with Odlum Brown Limited. Kyle believes in building solid, long-term relationships with his clients based on trust and open communication. Working with a wide variety of clients from individuals to business owners, from tradespeople to professionals, Kyle enjoys taking the time to get to know his clients.

Born in Calgary and raised in Kelowna, Kyle spent 18 years living in Vancouver and has now returned to the Okanagan with his wife to raise their two children. They spend the majority of their free time chasing their kids around hiking and biking trails, ski hills, hockey rinks and soccer pitches.

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Manik Dhir

Board Director

Epitome Holdings Inc.
Entrepreneur / Managing Director

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Patrick Ng

Board Director

NG Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities
Investment Advisor

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Dave Cronquist

Board Director

Interior Savings
Retired – Sr. Vice President, Strategy & Organizational Efficiency

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Trina Warren

Board Director

MNP
Regional Managing Partner

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Shauna George

Board Director

Newport Private Wealth
Portfolio Manager

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Greg Pratch

Board Director

JV Driver Group
Lawyer

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Allyssa Costerton-Grant

Board Director

UBC-Okanagan
Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Operations

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Wendy Creelman

Board Director

Elections Canada
Returning Officer

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Dr. Ryan Foster

Board Director

IH Medical Director, IH Critical Care Network Critical Care Medicine, KGH

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Steven Tuck

Board Director

Forever Young Magazine
Retired Publisher/Owner

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Rose Harrison

Board Director

Telus Health Solutions
Director of PrescribeIT

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Christy Lovig

Board Director

Doak Shirreff LLP
Partner

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Janine Karlsen

Board Director

Owner/Managing Director
Home Instead Senior Care

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Nick Egarhos

Board Director

Chief Partnerships and Strategy Officer – Persona Informatics

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Roberta Fidalgo

Board Director

Founder of YET / Life and ADHD Coach

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Glen Jackson

Board Director

MNP
Senior Partner

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Dr. Jeremy Harris

Board Appointee

Chief of Staff, KGH

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Jaymi Chernoff

Board Appointee

Executive Director, Clinical Operations, KGH

“People always ask why, but maybe they should ask why not! You get to work with the nicest people, for the nicest people. It’s the best kind of job satisfaction you’ll ever find.”

“I am inspired by how selfless people are – caring for others who they have never met and whose story they may never know.  But yet they give generously to make the situation of others better.  I have so much respect for those who act to make the world a better place.  In the end it’s all that matters.”

Manik Dhir

  • Manik joined the Board in 2020. He was previously an adhoc member of the Finance and Administration Committee and will continue to serve on this committee in a director capacity.

    Manik is a local business owner and entrepreneur. He has a Master of Management Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management from SFU. Manik also has a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from BCIT.

    He truly believes in the power of giving back and has volunteered his time and efforts to the Five Rivers Community Services Society and the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

  • Patrick Ng

  • Patrick joined the Board in 2019 and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Finance and Administration Committee.

    Patrick has been working within the financial services industry for over 25 years. Born in Vancouver, his family relocated to the South Okanagan town of Oliver when he was very young. He graduated from Southern Okanagan Secondary in 1994, and continued his post-secondary studies at UBC Okanagan, where he attained his Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations.

    In his spare time, Patrick is also committed to making his community a better place. He likes to donate his time, help fundraise & raise awareness for such groups/causes as the Third Space Life Charity, The United Way, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, The KGH Foundation, The BC Cancer Society and The Kidney Foundation of Canada BC/Yukon.

    Patrick is an avid sports fan, and can be found supporting the Kelowna Rockets and the Okanagan Sun whenever he can. He is a proud corporate sponsor of the Okanagan College Men’s and Women’s Coyotes Basketball teams.

  • Dave Cronquist

  • Dave joined the Board in 2018, is the Chair of the Governance Committee and sits on the Executive Committee.

    Prior to his retirement, Dave was with Interior Savings Credit Union for 25 years in various capacities, and including Senior Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Efficiency. In this capacity, Dave was responsible for strategic planning activities, as well as centralization departments supporting branch activities. He also led the Lean continuous improvement initiative aimed at eliminating inefficiencies and improving productivity and customer satisfaction.

    Dave has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Calgary and an MBA from Royal Roads University.

    Dave was heavily involved with YMCA of Okanagan on the Board of Directors from 2007-2017. He held the Board Chair position for two years, chaired the Governance Committee, sat on the CEO Compensation Performance Review and Compensation Committee, and participated in various contract negotiation task forces. Dave continues to sit on the Finance Committee as a non-Director, as well as coaching with the YMCA Junior Triathlon Kids program.

    Previous community board work has been with the Downtown Kelowna Association and the Fat Cat Children’s Festival. Dave is also part of the Kelowna Jaycees (Junior Chamber) serving as president in 2002 and being honoured with JCI Canada Fellowship award.

    Dave loves the Okanagan, spending as much time as possible outside biking, golfing, hiking and lounging on the beach.

  • Trina Warren

  • Trina joined the Board in 2018, is the Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee and sits on the Executive Committee.

    Trina Warren, CPA, CA, is MNP’s Regional Managing Partner for the Thompson-Okanagan region and a member of the firm’s Assurance Services group. Trina leads the offices in Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops and delivers comprehensive assurance and taxation solutions to owner-managed companies, including those in the construction sector.

    With more than two decades of experience in public practice, Trina advises on a range of issues, helping clients identify objectives and opportunities, as well as challenges and providing tailored strategies that lead to continued success.

    Trina is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2001. Committed to giving back to her community, she has volunteered for various organizations, including Hospitals of Regina Foundation, Wascana Golf and Country Club, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Regina.

  • Shauna George

  • Shauna joined the Board in 2020 and is a vital member of the Strategic Development Committee.

    Shauna’s career has been dedicated to working in the investment management industry, first as a buy-side equity analyst in Toronto working with institutional clients such as pension plans, endowments and foundations and since 2011, exclusively as a discretionary portfolio manager working with high net worth individuals and families in British Columbia. Throughout her career, I have been fortunate enough to have also gained experience pertaining to many other areas of the investment management such as: designing portfolio management and securities trading strategies; working with consultants to complete and submit RFPs; investment performance and attribution analysis; creation and delivery of Investment Policy Statements; and business development/marketing.

    Outside of the office, Shauna is active in the Kelowna community as a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club, involvement with the Kelowna Estate Planning Society, and in her current capacity as President of the CFA Society Okanagan, a member society of the leading global association for professionals in the investment industry.

  • Greg Pratch

  • Greg joined the Board in 2019. He currently sits on the Finance and Administration Committee.

    Greg is on the legal team for the JV Driver Group. Before joining the JV Driver team, Greg was a partner with Pushor Mitchell LLP for 10 years. Prior to moving to Kelowna, he practiced at a large Alberta firm in Edmonton. Greg has always practiced in the area of civil litigation with a particular emphasis in personal injury and employment law.

    On a more personal note, Greg has witnessed first-hand the importance of health care services and how vital it is to have quality programs, services and equipment available for patients and their families when they are faced with illness and injury.

    When not busy with work or with his volunteer commitment to the Board, Greg spends time with his baby daughter and wife – enjoying all that the Okanagan has to offer.

  • Allyssa Costerton-Grant

  • Allyssa joined the Board in 2019. She currently sits on the Finance and Administration Committee and the Governance Committee.

    Allyssa is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Operations with The University of British Columbia Okanagan. As a Master of Management graduate student, and with years of professional communications experience behind her, Allyssa is driven by a passion for contributing to the community of Kelowna. Allyssa’s unique background enables her to provide valuable insight and guidance in a variety of strategy, communications, community engagement and operational matters.

    Building relationships in the community is an important part of Allyssa’s personal and professional background. She is currently a longstanding volunteer and organizing member of several community organizations.

    Allyssa’s professional experiences is complemented by her various personal pursuits. Whether she is the runner or the run organizer, Allyssa believes in supporting events that bring people together to build relationships and community.

  • Wendy Creelman

  • Wendy joined the Board in 2019 and is a valued member of the Governance Committee.

    She is an organizational leadership professional with expertise in promoting active lifestyles and social well-being. Wendy has a specific focus on creating environments that foster employee engagement, resilience, and health while maximizing business objectives.

    Wendy also works as a Returning Officer for Elections Canada.

    Wendy believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered for many local, provincial and national organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Senior Games, Kelowna Arts Foundation and many others.

  • Dr. Ryan Foster

  • Ryan joined the Board in 2020 and is a member of the Strategic Development Committee.

    Dr. Foster and his family moved to Kelowna to pursue a career in critical care medicine and to enjoy all that the Okanagan has to offer in 2009. Since that time, he has worked largely within critical care at KGH, but also has done general medicine and critical care locums throughout Interior Health including Cranbrook, Trail, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops. Ryan has been the medical director of critical care at KGH for many years now and continues to be the medical director of the IH Critical Care Network.

    When not involved in the clinical or leadership activities described above, Ryan finds time to both mountain and road bike (above average), downhill and cross country ski/ski tour (mostly average), and golf (very much below average, bordering on poorly); but his family is always his top priority.

    Through his work with the Foundation, Dr. Foster hopes to continue the storied tradition and the hard work of important, relevant, patient focused fund-raising projects and campaigns here at KGH. He will provide a unique and helpful clinical lens to some of the discussions and philanthropic project development in order to help move KGH further along its growth as a truly tertiary, academic, patient-focused health care center of excellence within Interior health.

  • Steven Tuck

  • Steven joined the Board in 2018 and sits on the Planned Giving Committee.

    Steven Tuck holds degrees from McMaster University B.A. (Hons.), York University B.B.A. (Hons), Okanagan University College (D. Litt.) and did graduate studies at the University of New Brunswick and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

    He is President Emeritus of the Okanagan College Foundation, previously President of Sunshine Dreams for Kids (B.C. Interior Chapter); Wendy’s Dreamlift Days; Director, Cops for Kids; Director, Kelowna Rotary Club Foundation; Advisory Board, Seton House of Prayer; and many other community organisations in the Okanagan.

    Steven has received recognition for community service in many forms: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal,Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, Kelowna Man of the Year, B.C. Community Achievement Award, Doctor of Letters (OUC) and the newest National Honour, The Sovereign’s Medal, which was recently instituted by Governor-General David Johnson.

    He enjoys travel writing and has been included in press tours to Mexico numerous times and was one of 7 writers invited from North America to tour Moscow and Russia in 2003.

  • Rose Harrison

  • Rose joined the Board in 2020. She is a valued member of the Strategic Development Committee.

    Rose brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding strategic planning and development specifically in healthcare with a focus on physician engagement. Very recently, Rose accepted a new position as the Director of PrescribeIT with Telus Health Solutions.

    She loves working with organizations who want to meaningfully engage physicians toward improved quality care and health system performance.

    Rose has an impressive CV and an extensive list of clients that she has worked collaboratively with including Alberta Health Services, City of Hope Medical Center (Los Angeles), Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and, of course, Interior Health.

  • Christy Lovig – MBA, Lawyer

  • Christy brings a wide range of experience to her solicitor practice. With an MBA in marketing and years of entrepreneurial adventures behind her, her practice is driven by a passion for marketing communications, real estate development, and creating and developing new businesses. This background enables her to provide her clients with valuable insight and guidance in a variety of real estate, strata property, and business matters.

    Christy’s legal practice is complemented by the many miles she spends on the road, whether she is running, cycling, hiking, chasing after her wolves, or acting as Coach Christy at the helm of various running clinics. As a competitive runner of over 30 years, she completed 19 marathons, over 60 half marathons, and countless other road races, triathlons, and cycling events all over the world. Racing is a fantastic excuse to travel! Christy says she is fortunate to have an incredible support crew in her firefighter husband, Trent, and their Timber wolf-husky crosses, Axel and Kona.

  • Janine Karlsen

  • Janine is a registered nurse, with a master’s degree in Applied Behavioural Sciences – specializing in Systems Counselling. Janine has always worked within the healthcare world. She worked at the bedside at Children’s Hospital, then took on the role of Clinical Director for a group of family physician offices. She was also the Clinical Director for a private surgical centre. At the time when physician practices were beginning to migrate from paper to electronic medical records; Janine worked throughout BC as the Client Advocate and Implementation Manager for one of the early EMR companies. She has also been the clinical sales lead for both large hospital equipment and bio-medical device companies.

  • Roberta Fidalgo, BBA, FCPHR, SHRM-SCP, RYT, AACC

  • Roberta Joined the Board in 2021. She currently sits on the Governance and the CEO Review & Compensation Committees.

    Roberta is the owner and principal HR Consultant at YET Human Resources. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, she was an integral part of senior leadership teams, as an executive and strategic HR business partner for over 20 years in various organizations.  She was instrumental in leading and supporting the people integration of two organizations on more than three occasions.

    Roberta was awarded the Fellow CPHR in 2020.  This is a prestigious award that recognizes Chartered Professionals in Human Resources who have made exemplary contributions to the HR profession.  Her contributions include 11 years on the Southern Interior Advisory Council (three as Chair) and representation on a number of important provincial and national committees.

    Roberta is a Certified Coach and specializes in helping individuals (leaders and families) impacted by ADHD.

    She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and an Instructor at Okanagan College within their Continuing Studies program.

  • Glen Jackson, CPA, CGA, CFF

  • Glen has worked in numerous accounting and financial dedicated fields. He is an active member of the larger Kelowna community through the local Chamber of Commerce and many other charitable and social causes. As a third-generation accountant, Glen would appear to be living proof that when it comes to debits and credits, it’s coded deep in his family’s DNA.

    Glen knows tax planning is an important part of any financial plan. Reducing tax liability is a necessary and critical component of maximizing investment income. Glen’s expertise does not end with tax planning. Glen is also a valuable resource for a wide range of consulting services, designed exclusively to boost a business’s efficiency, planning and operations – all while strengthening your bottom line. Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of CPA (AICPA), Glen possesses a specialized credential dedicated to the research, investigation and ultimate detection of complex financial fraud or theft.

  • Dr. Jeremy Harris was born and raised in New Brunswick before completing his business degree at Western University in 1993. After working for several years, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and subsequently finished his medical school training at Western in 2002. He completed residency training in General surgery followed by a fellowship in Vascular surgery at Western and Arizona Heart Hospital.

    After working in London for several years, he and his family relocated to Kelowna in 2013. He continues to thoroughly enjoy his active clinical practice and the responsibilities of Vascular Surgery Division Head. After several years of involvement with the KGH Physicians Society/MSA, Dr. Harris recently became the Kelowna General Hospital Chief of Staff.

     

    His wife Teresa and he have always enjoyed spending time with their four kids (Owen, Jacob, Eli, and Francesca). As a family, they continue to love all that the Okanagan has to offer – golfing, skiing, and running to name a few.

    He stubbornly holds out hope to return to marathon running, see the Toronto Maple Leafs return to glory, and join the elusive Harris family “hole-in-one club”.