Meet Our Staff

JANICE PERRINO, CFRE – CEO

Janice Perrino joined the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. She brings with her a wealth of experience in leadership, vision, and fundraising, and her expertise has already greatly benefited the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

Joining us from the Okanagan, Janice was the former Executive Director for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, located at the Penticton Regional Hospital. In that role she managed the Foundation, the SOS Café, and various business ventures to raise funds for medical equipment in healthcare facilities throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen Region.

Prior to that, Janice worked for the BC Cancer Foundation at the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna. Janice has successfully lead several medical equipment campaigns including fundraising for two MRI machines, a CT Scanner, and Digital Stereotactic Mammography machine, a Digital Imaging Department, Surgical Suites, and Moog & Friends Hospice House. She helped spearhead the major campaign for a new Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. Over the last twenty years Janice has been instrumental in raising more than $45 million.

Furthermore, Janice served two terms as the Mayor of Summerland, was the Chair of the Regional Hospital District for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), and was a two-term City Councillor in Summerland. She retired from politics in December 2014. Janice has also served at the leadership level in many community organizations including as a Board Director for Okanagan College, as Chair of the Summerland Olympic Committee, and Past-President of the Summerland Rotary Club. She has been a motivational speaker for Boards, local Societies, and various business groups. Additionally, she has enjoyed serving as the speech and leadership coach for two youth groups (teenage girls) for more than ten years.

Janice has successfully achieved her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), has reached the designation of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) with Toastmasters International, is a recipient of the Outstanding Resource Women of Honour Award, and the Women of Distinction Award for Career Leadership.

Phone: 250-755-7937
janice@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

FOUNDATION STAFF

SUSAN J. RYAN, CPA, CMA, CPHR - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

SUSAN J. RYAN, CPA, CMA, CPHR – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Originally from the UK Susan moved to Canada and settled in the Yukon for a number of years before moving to the Cowichan Valley in 2003. Susan has been with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation since November 2003 and is the Chief Financial Officer for the Foundation. She handles the preparation of the financial statements, financial reporting to the CEO, all HR functions for the Foundation, Estates and Planned Gifts, and financial and management oversight for two for-profit businesses.  Before moving to the Island, Sue was the Vice President & CFO for the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Board, and prior to that the Director, Finance & Administration for the Government of Yukon Department of Justice.

Susan holds both the CPA, CMA professional accounting designation and the CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources) designation and currently serves as the Chair of the Board for CPHR BC & YK. Previous Board positions include Treasurer & Chair of the Finance Committee for CPHR Canada, Secretary and Executive Committee member for the Queen Margaret’s School Board of Governors, Member, CMA Canada Board, President, CMA Whitehorse, Member, Institute of Public Administration of Canada Board, Member, Kaushee’s Place Women’s Transition Home Board, and Founding Member of the Whitehorse Daybreak Rotary Club.  She has been a presenter at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Canadian Conference and at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy International Conference. Sue was also an instructor for the Business Administration Program at Yukon College.

Sue is inspired every day by our donors, by our volunteers, by our staff, and by the work that we do to support the hospital.  “I like to think that my work supports all staff and helps them to do their best work for the cause”.

Phone: 250-755-7936   Cell: 250-709-1271
susan@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

JANICE KRALL, CFRE - CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

JANICE KRALL, CFRE – CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Janice is a people first leader known for building relationships.  She has a combined 20 plus years’ progressive leadership experience in corporate, a national non-profit, higher education and community volunteering. She holds a certificate in Community Leadership though VIU and has served on several boards and community tables throughout her diverse career.

Janice comes to the Hospital Foundation from Vancouver Island University where she worked in the Advancement & Alumni Relations office. Previous to this she was the Area Manager with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada where she successfully led all business development & operations for Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands & Powell River. In addition, her work with volunteers and donors has earned local, provincial and national recognition.

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Janice is passionate about giving back to her community. She is Past President and mentor within her service club Zonta, which supports and empowers women, children and families. Janice is also an animal lover and supporter of the SPCA.

Janice is excited to contribute to the strengthening of the health and well being of individuals and families in our community.

Phone: 250-739-5765
janice.krall@viha.ca

REBECCA TAYLOR - DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY & MEDIA RELATIONS

REBECCA TAYLOR – DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY & MEDIA RELATIONS

Originally from Edmonton, Rebecca moved to BC in 1998 and has enjoyed calling Nanaimo home since late 2017. Rebecca brings with her over two decades of combined experience in the non-profit and private sectors with an extensive background in fundraising, marketing and communications, client relations, event management and community engagement.

Upon completion of a BFA from the University of Alberta and an Arts Administration Certificate from MacEwan University, Rebecca worked in the arts and culture sector in Alberta. Upon moving to BC, Rebecca worked in the private sector for 9 years before returning to the non-profit sector in 2008 where she held both regional and national fund development management roles with Diabetes Canada.

Wanting to get further engaged in the community through volunteerism, Rebecca became a member of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo in 2018 and is the 2019/2020 President of Harbour City Toastmasters.

Rebecca is excited to leverage her diversity of skills and experience at the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation to help make a positive impact for the thousands of people who use the services of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital each year.

Phone: 250-739-5764
rebecca.taylor@viha.ca

TARA MAY - MANAGER OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES

TARA MAY – MANAGER OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES

Tara comes to the Foundation with over 18 years experience in the Finance Department of our local Credit Union, where she was responsible for everything from accounts payable & payroll, to treasury and investments. 

She is responsible for the day to day accounting and month end reporting for the Foundation, as well as the subsidiary companies Code Brew and Lifeline.

Tara is passionate about being of service and giving back.  She spent over 2 years as a 911 Operator and Dispatcher for the RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue.  Tara continues to help out as a Detachment Services Clerk whenever possible.

“I have very dedicated friends and family that work tirelessly in the healthcare field, and I am proud to be working for a group that does so much to provide our nurses, doctors, and technicians the tools they need to provide the best health care services we can.”

Phone: 250-740-2651
tara.may@viha.ca

NANCY SCOTT, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

NANCY SCOTT, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Nancy Scott is the first person to greet you when you enter our office. Nancy moved to Nanaimo from Winnipeg in 1992 and brought with her numerous years of experience in customer service, office management and finance. Nancy has worked with the Foundation team since November 2006.
Nancy’s work is diverse, but taking care of our donors when they come into our office to make a donation is the most important part of her day. Nancy makes sure our database is accurate and up to date, and also provides support to our CEO and Board of Directors. 
“I love what I do at the Foundation and for the community! We help make our hospital a better place for us all!” 

Phone: 250-755-7950
nancy@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

NANAIMO LIFELINE

TAMARA PATON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TAMARA PATON – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tamara Paton comes to us from San Diego, California where she worked in Health Care Management and Training for 15 years. Tamara is the Executive Director of the Nanaimo Lifeline Program and while she is new to this role, she has been with the Nanaimo Lifeline Program since 2010.
Tamara is passionate about helping seniors and the medically at risk to live safely and independently in their own homes. Tamara is proud to be a part of the Foundation and providing top-of-the line medical equipment helps ensure the best health care outcomes, making a difference in the lives of many. 

Phone: 250-739-5768
tamara@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

CODE BREW AT NRGH

CANDICE McKENZIE - MANAGER

CANDICE McKENZIE – MANAGER

 coming soon

Phone: 250-755-7691 ext 52244
candice.mckenzie@viha.ca