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 Race and Company 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 enjoying the best of the sea-to-sky: skiing, hiking or biking.

George McKenzie, Past President

George has been lived in Squamish for 23 years and during that time has spent eight years on the Hospital Board and the  last 15 years on the Squamish Health Care Foundation board. When George isn’t spending time with his wife of 36 years or his five children he can be found playing in a 10 piece R&B Band, swinging his golf clubs or volunteering his time with the Rotary Club of Squamish.

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

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Paul Wick

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Julie Erb

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