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Canuck Place Senior Leadership Team

Margaret McNeil, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Hal Siden, Medical Director

Tanice Miller, Director, Program Development & Administration

Denise Praill, Managing Director, Development

Debbie Butt, Director, Communications & Marketing

Leanne Freeman, Director, Volunteer Services & Support Services

Joan Hill, Director, Finance, Facilities & IT

Anne Schretlen, Director, Human Resources

 


Margaret McNeil, Chief Executive Officer

Margaret McNeil was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice effective April 30, 2012.

In her role as Chief Executive Officer, Margaret leads the 100+ multi-disciplinary employee team and over 300 volunteers at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in raising funds and providing a continuum of care to over 450 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from across British Columbia. She was formerly the VP of Operations at BC Housing where she oversaw the emergency shelters and women’s transition houses amalgamated under BC Housing, resulting in significant service improvements, more people being housed and sheltered, and greater stability in living situations. In her role at Vancouver Island Health Authority, Margaret led the integration of Mental Health with Addictions impacting improved efficiency in services and programs on Vancouver Island.  In other roles, Margaret has led a variety of policy and programs for seniors’ healthcare, and home and community care in BC.  

Committed to community, Margaret is a current member of the Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory, an Executive Mentor with Vantage Point and a former Director with the Minerva Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society of BC & Yukon. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, in Community Health, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has also completed the Executive Program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
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Dr. Hal Siden, Medical Director

Dr. Hal Siden, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, DABP. As Medical Director at Canuck Place, Dr. Siden directs the physician team and collaborates in implementing research and education programs. His clinical interests are pediatric palliative care, pediatric pain management and general pediatrics. He has Fellowship and advanced training in biochemical diseases, developmental pediatrics, palliative medicine, pain management and pediatric hypnosis.

Dr. Siden is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has a cross appointment in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Family Practice at UBC. He is also a physician on the Pain Service at British Columbia's Children's Hospital. He founded the Telehealth Program at Children's & Women's Health Centre of BC, which uses advanced telecommunications for long-distance clinics and education around the province.

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Tanice Miller, Director, Program Development & Administration

Tanice has responsibility for directing the interdisciplinary team of professionals that deliver the clinical and counselling programs, and the school program. Tanice has more than 20 years of experience in designing, managing and evaluating interdisciplinary, community-based healthcare programs.

Prior to joining Canuck Place, she held positions with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, the Vancouver Health Department and Vancouver Richmond Health Board. Tanice has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University.
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Denise Praill, Managing Director, Development

Denise joins Canuck Place Children's Hospice following her time with the United Way.

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Debbie Butt, Director, Communications & Marketing

Debbie Butt joined Canuck Place on May 28, 2012 from the Rick Hansen Leadership Group, where she was the Director of Communications & Brand for the organization. She led initiatives supporting the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour and Rick Hansen Foundation activities in accessibility, quality of life grants and spinal cord research. She was a key team member in executing the 25h Anniversary cross-Canada Relay, International tour, fundraising galas in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, and the Celebrate 25/Rick Hansen Heroes CTV Special and Difference Maker Series for the London 2012 Games.

Previously, Debbie held concurrent titles of Director of Community Partnerships of the Vancouver Canucks and Executive Director of the Canucks for Kids Fund. As Executive Director of the independent not-for-profit Canucks for Kids Fund, she led largest NHL-team charity from 2005 to 2010 generating grants of over $14.3 million to BC charities serving children.

Debbie was the Director of Communications for four years for the BC Lions Football Club where she worked under the late Bob Ackles. Prior to her work in the CFL, Debbie worked as Director of Media Relations for the Vancouver Grizzlies of the NBA where she was part of the communications department for over six years and led the Spinoza Bear program with the Grizzlies Foundation. She joined the Grizzlies from a public educational CD-ROM and computer software developer where she was Director of Communications. Other positions include a sports journalist with Canadian Press wire service in Toronto and an account executive with a Vancouver public relations firm in the resource sector.

Debbie completed her degree in journalism from Ryerson Polytechnical University after graduating from the University of British Columbia in Human Kinetics. 
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Leanne Freeman, Director, Volunteer Services & Support Services

As Director, Volunteer Services, Leanne is responsible for leading a team of more than 350 volunteers who give their time, energy, and skills to support Canuck Place.  As the Director for Support Services, Leanne is responsible for the Kitchen and Houskeeping teams.

Leanne first joined Canuck Place in 2002 as a Family/Special Events Volunteer before becoming a staff member in 2006. With many years of volunteering and participation with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Walk for Breast Cancer, Relay for Life, Aids Walk and various Community Boards, Leanne has first hand knowledge of the power of volunteerism.

She has been involved with non-profit organizations for 20 years, in Canada and extensively in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Canuck Place, Leanne held contract positions with the Canadian Cancer Society and was the Family Support Network Coordinator with the West Yorkshire Health Authority (UK). Leanne was responsible for outreach projects that recruit, train, and support volunteers for placement within families experiencing stress and crisis. In this role she dealt with child protection issues, “in-home” assessments, and all aspects of volunteer management.

Leanne brings her extensive experience as a facilitator and trainer with the National Childbirth Trust, The Pre-School Playgroups Association, and the Learning Alliance Training group for Special Needs Children (UK).

Leanne’s studies include the University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), and further certificates in Assertiveness, Listening Skills and Positive Behavior.
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Joan Hill, Director, Finance, Facilities & IT

Joan leads the finance, facilities and information technology team at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.  She is in charge of all financial aspects of the organization, including the preparation of financial statements, compliance with reporting requirements, internal control implementation, audit coordination, financial policies and procedures and reporting to the Audit Committee.   Joan also oversees the facilities maintenance team to ensure the buildings and grounds meet all regulatory requirements, are maintained to high standards in a cost effective manner.                          

A chartered accountant, Joan has held financial roles in several healthcare organizations, within Vancouver and overseas.

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Anne Schretlen, Director, Human Resources

Anne is a seasoned Human Resources professional with experience in HR management and recruitment within small, medium and large organizations in both private and public sectors.  Prior to joining Canuck Place she held the position of HR Relationship Manager at BC Hydro.

Previously, Anne worked at Providence Health Care as the HR Recruitment Manager designing and implementing policies and processes, developing a team of eight and focusing on several local, national and international health care HR initiatives.

Anne brings her strong leadership, coaching, mentoring and team building skills to Canuck Place. She has a BA in Psychology as well as a Business Administration Certificate in Human Resource Management.  She is a long standing member of the BC Human Resources Management Association (BCHRMA) and has her CHRP designation.

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