Our Team

Mellanie Wakeland

Administration Coordinator

Passionate about giving back, Mellanie loves working with a great team. She uses her experience and education to coordinate the office and plan events and fundraisers. She is married with two great kids.

Cordelia Mejin MA, RCC, CCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor & Bereavement Program Coordinator

Grief can feel unbearable at times. Cordelia’s hope is to support you in such moments. Her deep passion and devotion to support grieving individuals stem from the loss of a significant person in her life.

Her approach to counselling is relational and trauma-informed. She draws from various modalities and integrates therapy approaches based on your unique experience of grief and need.

She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her experience includes supporting individuals in multiple settings such as college and community services. She is a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Provider through the Center for Loss and Trauma in partnership with the MISS Foundation. Additionally, she has obtained training at the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.

Cordelia believes that we as humans have longings to feel seen, heard, known, understood, felt, accepted, and cared for, especially in moments of grief. As such, she strives to provide compassionate care, empathy and a safe place.

Lucia Brum


Lucy started volunteering with the society in honour of her Dad, and was later offered a position on the team. Born and raised in Ontario, she worked in the financial industry for 14 years. She admires the good that is done through the society and now enjoys her small contribution to its growth. She lives happily in Burnaby with her husband and Havanese dog, Bobbie.

Kara Davies

Palliative Volunteer Coordinator

Kara believes that committed volunteers are the backbone of any non-profit and she’s passionate about the power of volunteering in creating healthy and vibrant communities. She’s spent many years volunteering herself and knows first-hand when people come together how much can be accomplished. She is in awe over the work of the Burnaby Hospice Society volunteers and is happy to play a small role in this amazing team.

Cheryl Peacock

thrift store clerk

When Cheryl’s best friend passed away, the Burnaby Hospice Society’s counseling services helped her deal with the grief. She started volunteering with the society, and when the opportunity presented itself, applied for a position. She loves knowing that her work is helping people. She lives in Burnaby with her two cats, Pepper and Baby.


Elizabeth West

thrift store clerk

I first came to the Burnaby Hospice Society through an employment preparation program offered by the YMCA. After I finished my work placement, I felt the desire to stay and volunteer to help a worthy cause. Shortly after, I was hired as a part time employee. I am a loyal fan of the Vancouver Canucks and I purchase as much Canucks merchandise as possible to help support the team.  GO Canucks, GO!


Min Chi Chen (Violet)


Violet is completing her practicum at Burnaby Hospice Society while working on a Masters in Counselling Psychology-Art Therapy at Adler University. She will be providing bereavement counselling art therapy to clients.

Before entering the field of bereavement counselling, Violet worked as a social worker responsible for domestic violence cases, facilitated art therapy groups for a homeless community, and supported refugees and residents at a recovery center for addiction.

After experiencing the loss of a significant person in her life, Violet has dedicated herself to supporting people who are grieving. Violet thrives at guiding people by using creative expressions as a way to release the unspoken complex feelings of grief. It is her hope to use the healing power of art to help you ground in the present moment, be heard and seen no matter where you are at in your own unique experience of grief.


Board of Directors

Richard Hancock President

Vincent Chang Treasurer

Thea Juett Founder

David Chapin

Ada Carmela Abat

Aaron Morrison Secretary

Anna LaPorta

Gary Mackenzie


​We do not currently have any openings for staff positions.

In the meantime, why not apply for a volunteer position?