Dianne Simpson

It is a pleasure to serve on the Board of New West Hospice Society. While working in Health Care for 30 years I’ve seen what the benefits of compassionate end-of-life care can bring to both the client and their family at this vulnerable time.

I believe that the citizens of New Westminster should have the option to access hospice care and I am honoured to be part of a team that is working toward having such a service in our community.

Past - President

Kay Johnson

Kathleen (Kay) Johnson is a Founder who worked in both the palliative and bereavement areas of hospice as a nurse and Executive Director for over 30 years before retiring. This experience revealed how a community-focussed public health model of care based on the Compassionate City Charter can work through partnerships and education.

Vice - President

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a retired public school teacher, principal, school trustee and School Board Chair. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UBC. She’s a founding member of NWHS and has been a New Westminster resident since 2015.


Shannon Patterson

Shannon Patteron is a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic for the past 21 years and is now  happy to call New Westminster her home.   Dr. Shannon has been a past and present Director of the College of Chiropractors of BC.  In addition she has brought her skill set to volunteer organizations including Friends for Life and the Downtown Eastside Residents Association.  She is thrilled to be a part of the New Westminster Hospice Society and to live in a community that embraces Compassion as a core value.



Lois Brassart

Happily retired. Former marketing/project manager. Volunteering: senior peer counsellor, various committees working to improve the lives of seniors.  Avid off the beaten path traveller seeking to meet women in small villages.


Michael Scales

Michael spent many years helping younger people in his 40 years as a teacher and a psychologist. When he retired from the New Westminster School District, and Douglas College, he decided that he wanted to continue to help people, including those who were older than he was.


Cheryl Greenhalgh, RTR

Cheryl has 30+ years working on a hospital based health care team in Interventional Radiology, with palliative patients as part of her work experience. Working with patients and their families has helped Cheryl to understand that we can do so much better in learning how to have difficult conversations about end of life issues. Cheryl also has many years of experience with a variety of boards and governance structures.


Brock Nicholson

Brock Nicholson is a Founder with over 12 years’ leadership experience in hospice palliative care and long term care managing various community and regional initiatives. He has a graduate diploma in Gerontology from SFU and is an inaugural member of the Gerontology Program Advisory Committee at Langara College. Brock experienced a devastating parental loss at the age of 18 which has shaped his pursuit of compassion & caring in his life and career.


Vanessa Woznow

Vanessa is Senior Communications Consultant with Fraser Health, overseeing the Authority’s primary care portfolio. She was a caregiver for her mother and is a member of New West Hospice’s ‘Compassionate City Crew’. She believes in the power of storytelling and shared experiences to help de-stigmatize discussions around dying, death, grief and loss.

Past Board Members