As a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization, the Squamish Hospital Foundation works hand in hand with Vancouver Coastal Health, but is a separate organization, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.The Board is comprised of elected, voluntary members of the community as well as representatives from the Squamish General Hospital.

Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of health care at Squamish Hospital and is funded through the British Columbia Ministry of Health.

We are extremely grateful to our dedicated Board for their tireless efforts on behalf of our Foundation and the entire Sea to Sky community.

The SHF Board of Directors include:

Alison Hopkins, President

Alison Hopkins is a lawyer with Sound Law LLP in Squamish. With an educational background focusing in health law and policy, Alison became involved with the Squamish Hospital Foundation shortly after moving to Squamish in 2012 and was elected as vice president in 2014. When not working or volunteering, she can be found outside with her family enjoying the best of the sea-to-sky: skiing, hiking or biking.

Karen Vanzella, Vice-President

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Rob Kirkham, Treasurer

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Ellen Grant

Ellen Grant has been a valuable member of the Foundation for 10+ years. A retired teacher and resident of the Squamish Valley for 70 plus years Ellen knows a thing or two about Squamish. When Ellen is not working tirelessly for the board she can be found gardening, working on her photography and enjoying her grandchildren.

Denise Evans

Denise Evans is a clinical counsellor in private practice at Sea to Sky Counselling, and has lived in Squamish for 50+ years. Denise has been a board member and Director for the Foundation for many years, and also serves on the board for the Squamish Helping Hands Society, is an executive director for Squamish Counselling Services, and is the Chair for the Squamish Chamber of Commerce. She spends her recreational time with her family and friends, practicing yoga, mountain biking, hiking, gardening and singing.

Karyn Smith

Karyn graduated High School from Howe Sound Secondary in 1969 and returned to Squamish in 1982. She worked as a Nurse at the Squamish Hospital until retirement in 2011.  She is also currently a Director on the Harbour Authority, a board member of the Hilltop House Support Society and a volunteer at Hilltop House.  She is passionate about advocating for Health Care in the Corridor.

Corinne Lonsdale

Corinne moved to Squamish in 1952 when she was 7 years old. After graduation she was employed by the Royal Bank for 30 years. Community service has been her way of life. She has received recognition including Citizen of the Year and a Royal Canadian Legion community medal for volunteering on numerous local organizations.  After serving 25 years as a member of Council, 16 as a Councillor and 9 as Mayor, Corinne was honored to be the first to receive a Key to the City. Premier Campbell and Lt. Gov. Campagnola awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal to Corinne for her involvement in local government related committees within the region and the province.

In her spare time Corinne  enjoys spending time with her family and particularly the seven grandchildren who live here and in Prince George. She also likes to read, do crafts and spend time with husband John in their 5th wheel.

Paul Lalli

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Kim MacDonald

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To contact any of our Board members, please email the Foundation at