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.
Curtis joined the Spirit of the North in October 2017. Being born in Quesnel and having lived in Prince George for most of his life, he feels a strong connection to the community. While attending university in Kamloops, he was very involved in volunteering and worked extensively with the food bank resulting in a Star Supporter Award. After graduating from Thompson Rivers, he returned to Prince George to work in Finance as a Credit Officer before returning to the non-profit sector, helping groups apply for funding through Community Gaming Grants. He believes that you should leave the world in a better state than you came into it and the Spirit of the North’s goal of providing advancements in healthcare strongly aligns with this philosophy. His role includes managing and coordinating community fundraising efforts while maintaining and identifying relationships with volunteers, sponsors and supporters.
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.
Scotia was born in Prince George but has just returned after 20 years, this time along with her husband Jared Kubbernus and their thirteen year old son, Dallen. While she’s been gone, the landscape of Prince George has definitely changed but the heart and home she feel here is still the same. Scotia feels her roots are here and she’s proud of her families legacy and the work they did here for their community. As one of the many grandchildren to Elroy and Elda Garden she hopes to reflect the quote “Charity begins at home but should not end there” She endeavors to honor their legacy and leave her own by championing healthcare in the north. She comes to us with 20+ years of business management and sales excellence. She is energized to meet and work with the existing, inspiring donors and to champion the work done here at Spirit of the North for the health of people throughout our Northern Communities.
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.”