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.

Salima Remtulla, Board Chair

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 is also on the Board of Directors of both LIFT Philanthropy Partners and the BC Business Council. She has previously served 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.

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.

Kathryn Nicholson, Director

Kathryn, a retired Clinical Counsellor, Registered Nurse and Music Therapist, worked in cancer and hospice care for over 35 years. She was also on the faculty at Capilano University for several years, where she still occasionally lectures as an adjunct professor. As Vancouver Hospice Society’s first Clinical Counsellor, Kathryn developed and delivered the first grief and bereavement programs at VHS. These programs have gradually expanded to include MAID and now COVID-19 related counselling for patients and families living in the Vancouver area. Kathryn has also been involved in ongoing VHS volunteer and fundraising activities over the years. She is a keen and proud supporter of VHS and is happy to offer her experience and expertise as a VHS Board member.

Pat Richardson, Director

Pat joined the VHS Board of Directors in 2019. She is an RN who recently retired from a career primarily devoted to specialized palliative care in a variety of settings; including hospices, palliative care units, community/home based palliative care, and liaison – connecting patients and families with community resources. Her connection to hospice/palliative care began in 1970 with the death of her mother. She describes it as being a time when death, dying and loss were rarely discussed, and also a time when the development of a philosophy of palliative care and services was dawning in Canada. She says it has been rewarding to see the advancement of care for people and their families over the decades, and she is pleased to be part of Vancouver Hospice Society and the continued advancement of Hospice.

Howard Jampolsky, Director

Afzal Mangalji, Director

Afzal Mangalji joined VHS as a Director in 2022. Hi joins VHS with 35 years of experience in health care.  With an academic background in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Social Work and Public Administration, he has held a number of clinical, administrative and organizational development roles at the Vancouver General Hospital. He was a key member of the multidisciplinary Palliative Care Unit Team at the hospital from 2003 – 2017 and is currently a Clinical Instructor with the Division of Palliative Care in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. He has considerable international and local volunteer experience in initiating programs and services that help to ensure that vulnerable patients and families are able to access Palliative Care in a timely manner.

Jennifer Woolley, Director

Jennifer joined VHS as a Director in November 2021. Jennifer obtained her Chartered Accountant designation with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  She is currently the Vice President, Finance at Century Group, a family-owned development company with a diverse portfolio of assets and lines of businesses. She is experienced in strategic and business planning, securing financing for real estate developments and overseeing all aspects of the accounting, treasury and tax functions for a portfolio of projects and assets. Jennifer attributes her success to being forward-thinking, having a strong work ethic, and fostering good relationships. Prior to joining Century Group, Jennifer held a senior financial position at a North American development company.

Jennifer has sat on the boards of British Columbia Summer Swimming Association and the Lawyers Inn Society, where she served as treasurer. Jennifer’s personal interest in hospice care stems from her experience in watching her parents provide end-of-life care to her maternal and paternal grandparents. Jennifer enjoys traveling, culinary adventures, and spending time with her young family.

Alyia Mohamed, Director

Alyia joined VHS as Director in 2022. She brings a wealth of experience in Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Amazon Canada’s Public Policy team where she leads External Affairs Aliya served as Director of Public Affairs at TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority and the fastest growing urban transit organization in North America. Immediately preceding this role Aliya worked as the Head of External Communications at TransLink. In these roles she advised C-Suite executives on strategies, plans and priorities for the 8,000-person organization resulting in strong stakeholder relationships, robust consultation region wide and improved brand, and media sentiment. She was also an active member of the Canadian Urban Transit Associations Recovery and Rebuilding Taskforce as it relates to post Covid-19 planning.

Aliya has also served the former Canadian Prime Minister for over a decade, most recently as Managing Director for the Prime Minister’s Tour and Operations Department. During her tenure, she led all aspects from conception to implementation of the Prime Minister’s events – ranging from major international summits, foreign visits, and domestic audiences. Aliya successfully managed the logistics involving hundreds of events around the world, interacted with counterparts in foreign governments, international organizations, media, the private sector, and briefed the Prime Minister daily as part of his senior staff.

Aliya studied in Ottawa, earning a B.A. in Political Science and Global Affairs from the University of Ottawa, and has recently concluded her Master’s in Business Administration at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Aliya is an active member of the BC Business Council and serves as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Aliya was recipient of British Columbia’s Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 award in 2021.