Judy joined Spirit of the North in May 2013, in the role of Strategic Relations Manager, and in July was quickly promoted to lead the organization as their CEO. She is a recent alumni of the Ivey School of Business and was named one of 44 leaders in the Not For Profit Sector across Canada at the 2015 Community Shift in London, Ontario and has an extensive background in administration and finance. For over seventeen years, Judy has held a variety of senior administrative positions in the Forestry and Solid Wood Operations of Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited (A Divison of Mead and Noranda), and then Canfor – Canadian Forest Products Ltd. As a Convention Manager, she resurrected the long standing COFI Convention in 2005 after a brief hiatus, and then again in 2007. She has also held two administrative interim positions with Northern Health, in the CEO-Board office and within the Northern Interior Health Services Area, before entering into her most recent role as the Executive Director for the Prince George Community Foundation, which she had held from 2008 to 2013. During that time she was instrumental in increasing their endowed assets from $3.0 Million to $8.0 Million, and their community exposure to new heights. As a true northerner, and the fourth generation of her family to live and raise her family in Prince George, she has strong roots in the north and is committed to working on behalf of donors and towards the best healthcare system as close to home as possible in the North. She is the proud mother of three grown children who have made their home in the Prince George area as well, and is the proud nana of three beautiful grandchildren, Gracen, Hudson and Weston.
Danielle has lived in Prince George since 1984, moving here with her family from Southern Ontario. After finishing high school, she became a certified Esthetician and has been working in the Esthetics field ever since. In 2006, she became a licensed Medical Office Assistant and has worked with some amazing doctors in the Prince George area. Danielle began working at Spirit of the North in August 2014 and believes in the difference the Foundation can make within our Northern community. Being part of the non-profit sector has been a satisfying addition to her life. She enjoys working with the public and engaging with people one on one. Danielle has been on the Festival of Trees committee for 4 years.
Gaye moved to Prince George with her family in 1980. Although she has moved away a few times, she always comes back "home." She has had some great opportunities in her career in the Administrative and Finance field. Throughout her career, she has been everything from an Administrative Assistant to a Corporate Administration Manager responsible for 11 branches across Canada. For the past several years, she has owned and operated a bookkeeping business and enjoys helping small business owners succeed at managing their companies. Gaye started at the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation in December 2018 as the Finance Manager and is very happy and honoured to be part of the Spirit team. “I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization and to help the Foundation, and it’s many generous supporters, reach the goals to improve healthcare in the North.”
Tanya grew up in Prince George, B.C, graduated in ’98 and ventured off to Calgary, AB, where she achieved a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography at the Alberta College of Art & Design (now known as Alberta University of Arts (AUArts)). 10 years had come and went and in 2008, made the big decision to move back “home” to Prince George. Along with achieving an education, she met her husband, Jeff, who was also from Prince George. Moving back home to be close to family was important. With four children, Tanya spent most of these years with them at home, but still kept up with her Photography, community and children related activities, and helping with their businesses behind the scenes. She is very excited to start her path here at Spirit of the North and join the Spirit Team! photo credit: Philomena Hughes Photography