Our Team

Meet our Amazing Staff at the Foundation

Niki Hedges

Executive Director

Email: niki.hedges@northernhealth.ca
Phone: Direct (250) 261.7562
Cell: (250) 793.0998

Kelly Amboe

Gift Processing & Office Administrator

Email: kelly.amboe@northernhealth.ca
Phone: Direct (250) 261.7563

Tanya Richardson

Community Giving & Event Coordinator

Email: Tanya.Richardson@northernhealth.ca
Phone Direct: 250.261.7564
Cell: 250-261-1731

Our Board

Meet the Fantastic People of the Foundation

Twila Soule

Chair

Twila Soule moved to Fort St. John in 1972, and has called it home ever since. As a local business owner since 1977, Twila is truly passionate about the community; her business supports over 50 local programs and organizations. She has served on the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation board since 2014, and previously served five years on the Hospital Board in the 80s. Twila enjoys quilting, boating on Charlie Lake, and spending time with her 12 grandchildren.

Jim Schilling

Vice Chair

Jim Schilling was born and raised in the Chetwynd. In 1990, Jim and his wife Judy moved to Fort St. John, where he started his career with Canadian Forest Products Ltd (Canfor). During Jim’s 21 years with Canfor, Jim spent his spare time coaching minor baseball and later, coach and manager of various Minor Hockey teams. In the winter Jim enjoys curling, and in the summer he enjoys time outside hiking, fishing and working in his yard.

Dr Kevin Page

Director/Elected Medical Advisor

Dr. Page was born and raised with his 3 siblings in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he was primarily educated and excelled in swimming, and water polo at a provincial level. He studied medicine at the University of Cape Town and graduated in 1983. After University, Dr. Page served 2 years in the South African Military, based in Simonstown and mainly worked with The Navy. He qualified as a navy diver and played volleyball for the SADF. Dr. Page moved to Canada in 1989, initially working in Saskatchewan where he met his wife, Veronica. They moved to Fort St John in 1990 and Dr. Page began to practice Family Medicine, Anaesthesia, Obstetrics and ER. He has been an active board member with the FSJ Hospital Foundation for the past 15+ years.

Denean Arnston

Treasurer

Denean Arnston was born and raised in Fort St. John, and is married with 2 young teenage daughters; her husband is a self-employed Certified Pipe-fitter. Denean’s career background is finance; she is a Certified Financial Planner, CFP and Elder Planning Counselor, EPC. She has been a Self Employed Financial Consultant with Investors Group for 9 years now, and previously worked for RBC Royal Bank for 17 years. Denean has been the Walk Chair for the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s for the past 5 years, and is a member of the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce.

Christopher Flury

Secretary

Christopher was born and raised in Fort St John, in the old hospital location. He graduated from NPSS and went on to the University of Alberta, where he completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Chemical Engineering. Upon completion he moved back to Fort St John to start his career. Since moving back, he has been involved in a variety of non-profit governance situations. He started with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, in 2013, where he joined the local branch as the treasurer. In 2014 he moved into the Chair role for the branch and held that until 2019. Outside of his profession Christopher also sits as a Director on the Fort St John and District Chamber of Commerce and NEAT Boards.

Marco Schwab

Director

Marco Schwab has lived and worked in Fort St. John his entire life. He is a chartered professional accountant at his own accounting practice, Schwab and Associates. Marco has been a board member since 2007, and became involved in the Foundation after participating in Bluey Day approximately ten years ago. Since then, he has seen first-hand the benefits of having the latest medical equipment available to the community. He enjoys spending time with his wife Karen and two small children Tahia and Elan. In his spare time Marco can be found traveling, hiking, running, watching movies, or playing video games.

Jeff Spenst

Director

Jeff grew up in the Peace Country, a longtime resident of Chetwynd BC. After graduation, Jeff worked at Canfor for 16 years becoming a Red Seal Millwright Tradesman. In 2008, Jeff and his family moved to Alberta for work with Pembina Pipeline. Jeff moved back to the Peace Country in 2017. He is the current BC Deep Basin Supervisor at the Fort St. John Pembina Pipeline Conventional Business Unit. In his role, he works hard to continue to grow and develop his leadership skills while being a mentor to members of the team. He has a special connection with the Health Care community, as his daughter is an RN with Northern Health. Volunteering as a coach and board member for his son's hockey association occupied many nights and weekend over the years. Jeff was involved with the 2019 Northern BC Winter Games and at the Fort St John Seniors Jamboree. Jeff has a love of the mountains and enjoys sledding in the winters and camping in the summers. Quality healthcare is important to the continued growth and success of our community, and the Hospital Foundation has led the way in supporting in so many ways.

Desirae Jeannotte

Director

Desirae Jeannotte is a BC Notary and is a proud member of a select group of legal professionals commissioned by the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Desirae is highly trained in noncontentious legal services, including real estate law and the all-important estate planning. Desirae grew up on a farm north of Fort St. John. After she graduated from high school, she moved to Calgary to go to university and graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Upon graduating, Desirae worked in the area of contract law in the oil and gas industry, working for Encana Corporation and Enbridge Inc in Calgary. Desirae wanted to pursue her interest in law, and completed her Masters Degree from Simon Fraser University to become a Notary Public. On June 8, 2016, Desirae was sworn into the Supreme Court of British Columbia as a Notary Public in the province of British Columbia. Shortly after, Desirae opened her office in Fort St. John. Starting with an office staff of two people, the office has grown to keep up the demand of legal services in Fort St. John and the surrounding communities. Desirae lives in Charlie Lake with her spouse Luke and two daughters, Lyla and Grace