Margaret McNeil is Chief Executive Officer of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and leads 140+ multi-disciplinary employee team and over 300 volunteers. Canuck Place provides pediatric palliative care in British Columbia and Yukon to over 715 children ages 0-19 with life-threatening illnesses and families. In 2017 the charitable organization was awarded Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada.
Canuck Place’s program and highly-specialized care is recognized internationally and is delivered at two pediatric hospice locations, in hospitals and care in the home. Children and families access counselling, recreation therapy, physician and nursing care, art, music and play therapy, pain and symptom management and end-of-life care. Annually, the organization raises 60% of operating budget through a generous community of donors. In the last three years, the program has seen a 25% increase in children and families in care.
Committed to community, Margaret is a current member of the Board of WorkSafeBC, an Executive Mentor with the SFU Beedie School of Business. She is a former Director of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women and Canadian Cancer Society of BC & Yukon. Margaret, a Registered Nurse, 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 and recently completed the Corporate Directors’ Program associated with the Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Management.
She comes from a background in the public sector. In previous roles, she was the VP of Operations at BC Housing, led the Mental Health and Addictions program at Vancouver Island Health Authority, and has led a variety of policy initiatives and programs for various aspects of health including home and community care in BC.
In 2017, Margaret was awarded CEO of the Year from Business in Vancouver in the Non-Profit category.