At VHS, we have a highly skilled team of professionals dedicated to providing the very best care. Our clinical team consists of nurses, care aides, physicians, counsellors and a clinical coordinator, with specialized training in palliative and end-of-life care. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise, with the goal of providing complex pain and symptom management, counselling support, and compassionate care to all of our patients and their families.
Sarah Cobb, Executive Director
Sarah has many years of experience working in palliative and end-of-life care. She is passionate about person and family-centred care and supporting excellence in nursing and multidisciplinary collaboration. She has experience in strategic planning, quality improvement initiatives, and change management strategies. Prior to joining VHS, Sarah led practice in the role of Clinical Nurse Leader at St Paul’s Palliative Care unit for over 10 years. While in that role, she supported excellent patient and family centered care as well as supporting her palliative care program’s Accreditation Canada process, and many initiatives across the organization to improve access to end of life care. She has also been a member of the Vancouver End-of-Life Working group since 2010. Sarah has worked hard to make a difference in the clinical and administrative practice of palliative care and feels honoured to be in a leadership and advocacy role as Executive Director at VHS.
Tamara Tang, Clinical Coordinator
Mary Jean Rodriguez, Accounts Manager
Mary Jean has almost 30 years of combined finance and accounting experience in private, public and non-profit organizations. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and joined VHS in 2015. During her time with the organization, she has also worked as an accountant for Autism BC. She also works as Volunteer Board Treasurer at Connecting Countries Adopt-A-School; a non-profit organization based in Hamilton, ON. Jean was a Corporate Accountant at World Vision Canada, and Delisle Youth Services; both non-profit organizations in the greater Toronto area. Prior to that, she worked as a Financial Analyst at BMO Financial Group at their main headquarters in Toronto.
Janice Oakley, Home Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
Janice’s background includes experience as an end-of-life support worker, volunteer coordinator, and co-owner of a coffee roasting company on Galiano Island. She also has extensive volunteer experience; which includes working as a home support volunteer for patients nearing the end of life. Janice views hospice as a collaborative approach to care; where the dying and their loved ones can receive the support they need to make this momentous transition with as much dignity and grace as possible.
Kayla Hochfelder, Clinical Counsellor
Kayla is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling. She has worked as a Bereavement Counsellor with the Surrey Hospice Society, where she developed counselling, educational and outreach programs. In addition to her position at VHS, she works in private practice at the Centre for Creative Counselling. Kayla brings a strong background and experience working with adults, children and youth experiencing grief and loss. She also has specialized training and experience in Expressive Arts Therapy and Guided Imagery. Kayla says she views her work as a precious opportunity to support people of all ages through the life transition of death, and to explore the inconceivable through counselling.
Louise Bélisle, Clinical Counsellor
Louise has more than 30 years of experience working in the public sector and in private practice. For 10 years, she was on the faculty of The Haven Institute, where she led personal growth residential workshops. She began work in hospice care at the North London Hospice in England in 2004, where she developed and managed a culturally sensitive bereavement pilot project in a large inner city London Borough and provided high risk bereavement counselling. She worked for 7 years at Marion Hospice until it’s closure in 2013, followed by St. John Hospice for 6 years. While with Providence Health Care, Louise facilitated the hospice/palliative care volunteer training program for 10 years and held regular volunteer debriefing sessions at St. Paul’s Hospital. Louise joined Vancouver Hospice Society in January, 2020.