Janice Perrino joined the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. She is the former Executive Director for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. In that role she managed the Foundation, the SOS Café, and various business ventures to raise funds for medical equipment in healthcare facilities throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen Region. Prior to that, Janice worked for the BC Cancer Foundation at the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna. Janice has lead several medical equipment campaigns including fundraising for two MRI machines, CT Scanner, and Digital Stereotactic Mammography machine. She has spearheaded major renovation campaigns for Moog & Friends Hospice House, a Digital Imaging Department, Surgical Suites, and a new Patient Care Tower. Over the last twenty years Janice has been instrumental in raising more than $45 million. Furthermore, Janice served two terms as the Mayor of Summerland, was the Chair of the Regional Hospital District for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), and was city Councillor at Summerland for two terms; retiring from politics in December 2014. Janice has also served at the leadership level in many community organizations including Board Director for Okanagan College, Chair of the Summerland Olympic Committee, and Past-President of the Summerland Rotary Club. She has been a motivational speaker for Boards, local societies, and various business groups. Additionally, she has enjoyed serving as the speech and leadership coach for two youth groups (teenage girls) for more than ten years. Janice has successfully achieved her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), has reached the designation of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) with Toastmasters International, been awarded the Outstanding Resource Women of Honour (2007), and the Women of Distinction Award for Career Leadership (2003). Her experience in leadership, vision, and fundraising has greatly benefited the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.
Originally from the UK Susan moved to Canada and settled in the Yukon for 27 years until moving to the Cowichan Valley in 2003. Susan Ryan has been with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation since November 2003 and is the Chief Financial Officer for the Foundation. Sue handles the preparation of the financial statements, financial reporting to the CEO, all HR functions for the Foundation, financial and management oversight for two for-profit businesses. Susan holds the CPA, CMA professional accounting designation (1990) and the CPHR professional human resources designation (2008). Currently Susan is the Chair of the board of the CPHR BC & YK and the Treasurer of the Encore! Women’s Choir since 2010. Sue was the CPHR Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance Committee from 2014-2017, Secretary of the Queen Margaret’s School Board of Governors from 2005-2014, Founding Member of the Whitehorse Rotary Club in 1991, presenter at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Canadian Conference in 2015 and at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy International Conference in 2014. Sue has also been an instructor at the Yukon College of Business Administration Program in 2000. Sue is inspired every day by our donors, by our volunteers, by our staff, and by the work that we do to support the hospital. She truly loves her job! “I like to think that my work supports all staff and helps them to do their best work for the cause”.
Amber Adams, BA - Director of Marketing & Communications
Originally from Northern BC Amber has lived in Nanaimo since 1991 and has been with the Foundation since September 2005 as the Director of Marketing & Communications. She creates and implements all of the marketing and design materials, from television ads to brochures, mailers and social media. Amber writes all communications pieces, press releases, donor stories website content and grant applications. Amber has a Business Degree Majoring in Marketing with a Minor in Creative Writing from Vancouver Island University; She successfully completed the CAGP Gift Planning Course and holds a Diploma in Graphic Design from Northern Lights College. Amber is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP), a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP), member and past Chair of the Central Vancouver Island Leave a Legacy committee and previous Board member of the Vancouver Island CAGP. Amber is incredibly passionate about Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, “my family and I have had exceptional care there in the past 25 years from our daughter’s birth to my Dad’s passing and everything in between. I feel privileged to help provide medical equipment so that our healthcare professionals can give that same care to my community”.
Brenda Rositano, Bachelor of education, CFRE - Director of Development
Originally from Prince George, BC, Brenda moved to Nanaimo in 1999 and has been with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation since June 2000. Brenda oversees the Annual Fundraising Plan for the Foundation to determine the fundraising goals and how to implement the plan to achieve those goals. Brenda also takes care of all third party fundraisers that come to the Foundation and coaches each individual/organization on the best way to utilize their time and get the most out of their first time fundraising experience. Brenda is also at the helm of one of the most successful and longest running charity golf tournaments on Vancouver Island, Golf for Life. Brenda has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia and in 2015 received the Certified Fund Raising Executive Designation (CFRE). Brenda also sits on the selection committee of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Achievement Awards”. Brenda is very committed to raising fund for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and often says “when you have a major health crisis, you will come to NRGH first, and it’s great to know you will get exceptional care when you walk through those doors”.
Originally from Mainland China, Tina has lived in Nanaimo since 2010 and has been the Accountant at the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation since 2011 taking care of all the day to day finances. Tina manages the financial records not only for the Foundation, but for the Foundation owned and operated businesses, Lifeline and Code Brew. Tina prepares financial statements, charity tax return and manages fund balances. Tina has a BBA-Auditing from Tianjian University of Economics & Finance, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Vancouver Island University and a Master of Science in International Management (MScIM) from the University of Hertfordshire. Most recently Tina has successfully completely her studies to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Tina is also a valued member of the Nanaimo Asian Professional Association. Tina is especially happy to be helping our regional hospital to become a better hospital and to be helping donors donate wisely.
Nancy Scott is the first person to greet you when you enter our office. Nancy moved to Nanaimo from Winnipeg in 1992 and brought with her numerous years of experience in customer service, office management and finance. Nancy has worked with the Foundation team since November 2006. Nancy’s work is diverse, but taking care of our donors when they come into our office to make a donation is the most important part her day. Nancy makes sure all of our data base work is accurate and up to date as well as manages all of the work for our Board Directors so that have everything they need to do their job. This includes minutes, agenda’s and all other documents. Nancy also takes care of the management of all of the items needed for the office to work as well as some accounting. “I love what I do at the Foundation and for the community! We help make our hospital a better place for us all!”
Lynn has been with the Foundation since 1999 as the Development Assistant. Lynn takes diligent care of the Foundation database to ensure that all donor information is current and relevant. She works closely with the Development team on mail campaigns and runs statistical reports in all aspects. Lynn goes above and beyond to provide accurate information. “My biggest success is enjoying what I do and feel I am helping to make a difference in the work the Foundation does”.
Tamara Paton comes to us from San Diego, California where she worked in Health Care Management and Training for 15 years. Tamara is the Executive Director of the Nanaimo Lifeline Program and while she is new to this role, she has been with the Nanaimo Lifeline Program since 2010. Tamara is passionate about helping seniors and the medically at risk to live safely and independently in their own homes. Tamara is proud to be a part of the Foundation and providing top-of-the line medical equipment helps ensure the best health care outcomes, making a difference in the lives of many.
Lorrie has been with the Foundation since 2015 and is currently the Business Development Manager for Code Brew and the Foundation. Lorrie is from Qualicum Beach and has over 24 years’ experience in business management and tourism marketing. Previously she was a Resort Manager, the Executive Director of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, and the owner/operator of two tourism businesses in Tofino. Lorrie has served as a Board of Director for the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce, Parksville-Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, Mid-Island Wildlife Watch Society (Brant Wildlife Festival), Parksville Beach Festival Society, Tourism Vancouver Island, Tofino Vacation Rental Association, as well as on two task force committees for Tourism BC with regards to recreation sport fishing and the Visitor Information Centre network. Lorrie’s experience in community relations is a natural fit for helping the community raise money and ensure our local hospital can provide quality healthcare. “Most everyone needs their local hospital at some point. Regardless of age, income, or occupation, we all know someone who comes in for weekly dialysis, cancer treatments, or has had a knee or hip replaced. The Hospital Foundation is a charity that serves so many in so many different ways”. Lorrie is very proud to work alongside so many great volunteers who also want to help support their local hospital; she learns from them every day.