About Us

The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is dedicated to working with the community to raise and manage funds to enhance patient care and comfort at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facility.

The Foundation was established in 1994 through a generous gift from Archie Ferguson (1908-1993) of $150,000. With the direction of a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors and a generous community, the Foundation has flourished and the benefits to our patients have been significant.

Patients rely on the Fort St. John Hospital for medical procedures, surgeries, emergency treatment, routine laboratory tests and more. Replacement of worn out or dysfunctional equipment is vital to the quality of medical care for our patients. New technological advances require that our hospital keep current with purchases of new equipment and replacement of obsolete equipment.

The Hospital Foundation has proven that consistent communication with the community about the needs of the patients and the Hospital allows citizens to have an impact on the quality of their own health care. The Hospital Foundation with the help of community donations has purchased over $14 million in medical equipment at the Hospital since 1999 and established nearly $3 million in endowment funds.

Our Board

Meet the Fantastic People of the Foundation

Chris Maundrell

Executive Director

Twila Soule

Vice 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. She is also a huge junior hockey fan, and plans to make her third trip to the World Junior Hockey Championship this year in Finland.

Marco Schwab


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.

Jim Schilling


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.Member

Dr Kevin Page


Avi Sinclair


Avi Sinclair is one of the board’s newest members. She was excited to join in 2014 when a co-worker, who was a board member, convinced her to join. Avi believes it’s important to get involved and is having fun being a member. She was born and raised in Fort St. John and is the operations foreman at Pembina. She is married with two children, and four grandchildren. When she is not acting as a support crew/cheerleader for her active grandchildren, Avi enjoys walking and playing the piano.

Denean Arnston


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.