The Board of Directors of Northern Health is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and, through the President and Chief Executive Officer, ensures that appropriate management processes are established to realize the strategic direction. Board Directors are expected to utilize their individual expertise and points of view to contribute to decision making that is in the best interest of Northern Health.
Key responsibilities of the Board include:
- Establishing and maintaining the strategic planning process, including the setting of strategic priorities for the organization
- Understanding the material risks associated with the organization’s objectives
- Maintaining open communications with medical staff leadership
- Overseeing the organization’s financial planning and performance
- Overseeing the quality and patient safety review processes
- Ensuring effective governance of the organization
The Northern Health Board meets approximately every two months in regular session, with an open board meeting and public presentation session at all regular meetings. The board ensures that one meeting per year is held in a Northeast community with another in a Northwest community. The remaining meetings are held in the Northern Interior, usually in Prince George.
Colleen V. Nyce, Board Chair
Colleen Nyce, from Terrace, has more than 15 years of corporate leadership experience working in private, multi-national business. A graduate of Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Windsor, Colleen’s overall career experience captures a broad array of expertise and skill spanning 35 years: from professional sport, community management, investment banking, insurance, retail business ownership, communications, public relations, and corporate strategic management.
This portfolio of work accomplishments is highlighted by board service work and awards, some of which are: President Northern BC Winter Games 2004; President of Kitimat Valley Institute 2007-2013; Director Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society 2003-2007; Provincial Community Sport Hero Award 2010; and Rio Tinto Global Bravo Award for First Nation Agreement Making in 2011.
Colleen Nyce was appointed to the NH Board in September 2015. Her current term expires in December 2020.
Frank Everitt, from Prince George, is serving his second term as a city councillor in Prince George and is a member of the city's finance and audit committee. Everitt is president of the Union of Steel Workers Local 1-4242 and he volunteered for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
He has been a community member on the Select Committee on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, board member and vice-chair of Employment Action, board member and vice-chair on the College of New Caledonia, president of Prince George and District Labour Council, board member of Spruce Credit Union, board member of the Canadian Institute of the Blind and was a member on the Forestry Roundtable.
Frank Everitt was appointed to the NH Board in September 2017. His current term expires in December 2021.
Stephanie Killam has lived in Mackenzie since 1972. She and her husband Donald have raised their two children in the community. Stephanie was the senior secretary at Mackenzie Secondary School from 1979 to her retirement in 2006.
Stephanie is committed to the community and the region, promoting initiatives which improve economic, health and educational opportunities. She is well-versed in environmental issues and the balance that is required between those concerns and the economic development and diversification of the community's future.
The depth of her involvement in the community, region and province is exemplified by the many Boards and Associations of which she has been or is currently a member. Politically, she has been a municipal councillor for nine years and has served as Mayor of Mackenzie from 2005 - 2014.
Stephanie Killam was appointed to the NH Board in March 2015. Her current term expires in December 2020.
Rosemary Landry, from Fort St. John, is a Registered Nurse who is working part-time in Home Health Care following her retirement from the Fort St. John Hospital in 2005. A resident of Fort St. John since 1978 she is currently serving as Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital Auxiliary, Co-ordinator of the Junior Volunteer /Student Volunteer program, President of the Community Arts Council and Treasurer for the North Peace Potters’ Guild.
Rosemary is a visual artist and potter with a Northern Lights College Associate of Arts diploma with a deep interest in the importance of art in health care. Presently she is volunteering on the Fort St. John Hospital Art Committee to preserve and remount the permanent art collection in the new hospital.
Rosemary Landry was appointed to the NH Board in April 2014. Her current term expires in March 2020.
Linda D. Locke
Linda D. Locke, QC, barrister & solicitor, was called to the B.C. Bar in 1989 and has been practicing family, criminal and poverty law primarily for marginalized and Indigenous people since. As a member of the Sto:lo Nation (Coast Salish) she has been the managing lawyer for the Upper Skeena and Legal Assistance Society (USCLAS) since 1994. As a CBA National observer, for the first democratic election in South Africa in 1994, experienced life changing inspiration regarding poverty and inequality in Canada.
Upon losing USCLAS’ full funding in 2002, Linda and the Board forged ahead, keeping the law center open, providing access to justice to surrounding northwest communities. Linda received the CBABC Community Service Award for the County of Prince Rupert and she was the first Indigenous woman in British Columbia to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007.
Linda Locke was appointed to the NH Board in January 2020. Her current term expires in December 2021.
Edward Stanford, from Fort St. John, is a partner and community consultant with Urban Systems Ltd., a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that specializes in working with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations. Edward is never short on ideas. He has a unique ability to see possibilities and alternatives in response to virtually any set of conditions and he excels at challenging and encouraging people to consider different perspectives.
Edward’s ideas tend to spark dynamic discussions and creative thinking that lead to innovative solutions and new ways of seeing things. Edward has an education based around farm management, landscape architecture and community planning. He brings more than 14 years of experience working to improve, enhance and develop vibrant communities in Northeastern British Columbia.
Edward Stanford was appointed to the Northern Health Board in April 2014. His current term expires in March 2020.
Wilfred (Wilf) Adam
Wilf Adam was born in Burns Lake, grew up in a small community called Pendleton Bay, and later returned to live in Burns Lake. Adam represented the Lake Babine Nation for over 27 years in different capacities, including serving as Chief for 17 years. He has also been elected six times as Commissioner of the B.C. Treaty Commission. Adam is a co-founder of the Burns Lake Law Centre.
Wilf Adam was appointed to the NH Board in December 2018. His current term expires in December 2020.
John Kurjata is a partner at SKK, an accounting firm based in Dawson Creek. Before studying to become a chartered professional accountant, Kurjata owned and managed businesses in the trucking industry. He is currently a director on the Lake View Credit Union board of directors since 2015, and was elected chair in April 2018.
He was also a board member of Community Futures Peace Liard for 15 years, including being part of the self-employment and loans committees, and was a past chair. Kurjata was appointed to the Northern Lights College board of governors in 2011, elected vice-chair in 2012 and was elected board chair in 2015.
John Kurjata was appointed to the NH Board in December 2018. His current term expires in December 2020.
Patricia Sterritt, from Prince Rupert, is of Tsimshian ancestry and belongs to the Gitga'at Tribe of Hartley Bay. Patricia served on the Hartley Bay Band council from 1996 to 2005. She was the director of social services for the North Coast Tribal Council for 10 years.
Patricia worked with multicultural organizations committed to serving people, building relationships, establishing communication strategies and creating outreach programs. She was the primary point of contact for the bands with all provincial and federal government agencies and worked with federal department heads, staff and university faculty to develop curriculum for band social workers that resulted in the UVic social work degree program in the North.
Patricia Sterritt was appointed to the NH Board in December 2018. Her current term expires in December 2020.