Our Team

Brian Vidler


Making an impact on the community in which we live is the core of Brian’s passion.  Having lost a family member, Brian realized the incredible value that the Burnaby Hospice Society provides to members of our community who are navigating the end of life you journey, as well as their family members left behind.  He believes strongly in the team approach to service provision and problem solving, and humbled to work with such an incredible team of talented and dedicated staff and volunteers as we look to grow our community impact. He has lived in Burnaby for the past 21 years with his wife, two teenagers, and one spoiled dog!

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.

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.

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) She/Her


Violet is joining our team as a new counsellor. In August, she will graduate from Adler University with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy. Violet completed her clinical practicum with our Society and has supported bereaved parents, partners, friends, adult children, and people experiencing traumatic loss. Violet believes that the complexity of grief is sometimes beyond words, but never beyond love. It is her hope to meet you and honor your grief with compassion, love, and a true desire to listen. Her deep passion and devotion to walking alongside you in this challenging time stem from her own personal experience of a significant loss.

She thrives in providing trauma-informed verbal counselling and art therapy. She is committed to providing culturally sensitive and gender-affirming services to people with diverse backgrounds. She is trained in multiple modalities and dedicated to meet you where you are at in your unique experience of grief. If you are interested in art therapy, you do not need to have any prior experience or training in art, Violet can guide you step by step to release the deepest grief that is beyond words and discover your own authentic creative expression. She offers counselling and art therapy in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.  

Board of Directors

Gary Mackenzie President

Ada Carmela Abat Vice President

John Milobar Treasurer

Aaron Morrison Secretary

Richard Hancock-Ex-Officiate

Anna LaPorta

Judy Dixon

Keith Hodgson

Carol Park

Eric Wong


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

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