Family Advisory Council (FAC)
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The Family Advisory Council (FAC) provides direct feedback & input into Canuck Place

The Family Advisory Council's purpose is to:

  1. Advise Canuck Place management on families’ views about Hospice programs, policies, & activities;
  2. Provide management with a forum for the exchange of information regarding issues of mutual concern;
  3. Provide assistance to management from time to time, in communicating with families, children and the community, in accordance with Hospice guidelines;
  4. Recommend a slate of family names for Board membership and other committees as required; &
  5. Organize Family Advisory Council events and participate in organizing other family related activities.

Membership is comprised of up to thirteen (13) family members, one of whom is a Board member, whose children may benefit or have benefited from the services of Canuck Place and who are representative of the province & the programs offered.  

For more information or to contact the Family Advisory Council (FAC), please email: family@canuckplace.org

Family Advisory Council Membership

Monty Armstrong
Family Advisory Council Chair

Monty is the father of Casey and Brent, twins born prematurely in August 1996 at BC Children’s Hospital. Monty and Brent came to Canuck Place’s Parents and Siblings Bereavement program after Casey died in 2006, just after his 10th birthday. Originally from Vancouver Island, they live, work, and go to school in North Vancouver. Monty has been a FAC member since March 2008.

Michelle Cybuliak
Family Representative on Board of Directors

Michelle lives in Abbotsford with her husband, Jason, and two daughters, Madelyn and Brooklyn. She currently works part-time at a veterinary buying group as an AQPIC/Office Administrator. 

Their family first came to Canuck Place in December of 2007 when their oldest daughter Jordyn's medical conditions became too much for their family to handle on their own. The knowledge of the doctors and nurses helped their family to better manage Jordyn's medical needs and the support from the volunteers and other staff allowed them to enjoy quality time together as a family while using the Canuck Place respite services. 

During Jordyn’s time with Canuck Place their family also benefited from the monthly Family Support Group, palliative and end of life care, as well as the Bereavement Group services. They have also enjoyed participating in the Precious Pages scrapbooking group as a way of remembering Jordyn who passed away at Canuck Place in September of 2010.

Michelle joined the Family Advisory Council (FAC) in December of 2009 and has enjoyed being able to give something back to Canuck Place in return for all the wonderful things they did for Jordyn and the rest of her family.   She joined the Board in June 2011 as the family representative and also sits on the Board Fundraising Committee.

Pat Black
Council member

Pat is the father of Megan.  Megan was first admitted to Canuck Place in late April 2007, at 6 months of age, for end of life care.  During the first 5 weeks she was at Canuck Place she went from being admitted for end of life care to staying for symptom management to being able to go home for the first time since birth.  Since then she was admitted for symptom management, respite and emergency symptom management and in June 2010 she was admitted for end of life care and passed away at the end of June 2010 at Canuck Place with her family around her. 

Her siblings, Matthew and Stephanie, used the counselling services and the school during Megans' stays, and always enjoyed their time with the family volunteers. Megan's mom, Charlene, was her main caregiver at home and she learned a lot about how to care for a palliative child from the Nurses and Doctors at Canuck Place.  We plan on using the bereavement services in the future and are glad we can remain contacted with Canuck place in the future.   

The Blacks live in Port Coquitlam. Pat works in Sales & Marketing at a woodpulp Sales/Logistics company in Vancouver and have been involved with the FAC since June 2008.

John Gojevic
Council member

John’s daughter, Rachel, was one of the first kids through the doors of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice when they opened in 1995. She had struggled with Cystic Fibrosis for 11 years without the help she was able to get at Canuck Place. She and her family enjoyed the respite and symptom management but mostly she enjoyed the friends she made here. She passed away in 2005 and her brother, Luka, step-mom Deb and John and benefitted from the bereavement program.

John is a nurse working with the mentally ill in the downtown eastside. He lives with his family in Vancouver.

Sally McDonald
Council Member

Sally and her family have received support from Canuck Place for about seven years now. Sally's son, Ryan, has an undiagnosed medical condition and is now nine years old. The family finds the support given at Canuck Place invaluable. Ryan enjoys his respite stays and he and his older brother, Scott, look forward to family camp and other activities held throughout the year that are organised by CP staff and volunteers.

Sally works part-time at Children's Hospital and lives in Vancouver with her two sons.

 

Frank Fedorak
Family Advisory Council Secretary

 

Marni Brinton
Council member

 

Tom Hobby
Council member

 

Kerstin & Jens Locher
Council members

 

Amy Ross
Council member