Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are committed to furthering the vision of accessible hospice care for members of the Vancouver community. They apply their knowledge, dedication, and expertise in their respective fields to ensure we have a solid foundation upon which to better serve the needs of patients and families.
Stephen Roberts, Board Chair
Stephen joined the VHS Board of Directors in September 2013, and assumed the role of Board Chair in September, 2015. He also co-chaired the 2013, 2014, and 2015 VHS Butterfly Galas, and chaired the 2015 Hike for Hospice.
Born in British Columbia, Stephen retired from a career in investment banking research, where he worked overseas for many years. His responsibilities as a COO included operations and administration, budgeting, HR, compliance, risk management, and new business due diligence. Stephen now spends his time in the non-profit sector, serving on a number of boards. In addition to his involvement with VHS, he also chairs the Salt Spring Hospice Society Board, and is Vice Chair of the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation on Salt Spring Island as well as Secretary of the Memorial Parks Society in Sidney, BC.
Stephen’s personal connection to hospice stems from the experiences of his mother, who was able to benefit from the compassionate care provided through hospice, and his father who unfortunately was not.
Anna Feglerska, Director
Anna joined the VHS Board of Directors in September, 2014. Having grown up in Poland, Anna moved to Vancouver in 1994 to attend Law School at the University of British Columbia. After graduation, she articled and practiced law in the area of commercial litigation at a large Canadian law firm. She is currently Senior Vice President at Marsh, where she advises a number of public companies and their boards on complex directors’ and officers’ liability issues; including public offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions, governance, and insurance design. Until recently, Anna also sat on the board of the UBC Law Alumni Association.
Anna’s personal connection to hospice is through the death of her father who, after a prolonged illness and despite his family’s wishes to the contrary, died in a hospital and was not able to benefit from hospice care.
Ronda Tuyp, Director
Ronda has been involved with the Vancouver Hospice Society since the launch of the Hospice- building Campaign in 2007, as a volunteer, fundraiser, and clinical advisor.
A retired Palliative Nurse Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health, Ronda is a strong advocate for compassionate end-of-life care. She is passionate about an approach to care that both respects the wishes of dying patients, and addresses their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.
Salima Remtulla, Director
Salima Remtulla is a finance executive with international experience directing corporate strategy and building high-performance teams. She is Vice President, Operations & Corporate Strategy at Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel, a role she transitioned into in 2015 when she returned to Vancouver after 15 years abroad. Previously, Salima was the COO of Global Private Investing at the D. E. Shaw Group; a pre-eminent hedge fund based in New York City. She is a graduate of Yale University and a Palmer Scholar of the Wharton School of Business, from which she holds an MBA.
In the community, Salima serves on a strategic Think Tank in the Ismaili Community and on the Royal Columbian Hospital’s Redevelopment Cabinet. Her interest in hospice care began when she took a semester off from college to participate in her grandmother’s final stages of caregiving. She was also a hospice volunteer with the Metropolitan Jewish Health System in New York.
Bruce Gregg, Director
Chelsea Dill, Director
Chelsea is a communications and operations generalist with an interest in building the most effective organizations possible. For more than 12 years, she has been helping businesses streamline workflows and enhance communications. She is also well-versed in brand management, corporate sponsorship, investor relations, change management, employee engagement, event management, and traditional and digital marketing.
Originally from the BC Interior, Chelsea is a ‘digital native’ and worked on her first website development project at the age of 16. Motivated by that experience, she attended the University of Calgary where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies. Since then, Chelsea has lived and worked in Calgary, Dubai and now Vancouver.
Neil Perk, Director
Neil is a successful entrepreneur and business leader. He is co-owner, Vice President and CFO of a leading geological consulting firm based in Vancouver. As owner and manager of a growing company for nearly a decade, Neil has experience in all aspects of business and specific interests in strategy, operational leadership and financial oversight. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria (B.Sc. Earth Science) and McGill University (MBA).
Neil became interested in volunteering in the not-for-profit sector while completing an expansion project for the Centre Philou, a pediatric respite center in Montreal. Through his recent experience supporting his grandmother’s end-of-life care, Neil developed a personal connection to the comfort and dignity provided by hospice care.
David Gruber, Director
David Gruber joined the VHS Board of Directors in November 2019. A native of Washington, DC, David moved to Canada after high school to pursue architecture studies at McGill University. After a brief career as an architectural journalist, he attended law school at the University of Victoria and was called to the BC bar in 1997 and the Ontario bar in 2000. He is currently a partner with the law firm of Bennett Jones LLP, where he practices litigation and arbitration with a focus on corporate, commercial and insolvency disputes. David also sits on the boards of Wall Financial Corporation, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (where he serves as Director of Administration), and the Turnaround Management Association Northwest Chapter. David’s personal interest in hospice care stems from an experience of helping to care for a father with ALS.