Our Board

Lindy Welsby

Chair

Lindy Welsby is the Chair of the KBRH Health Foundation and member of the Governance Committee. Though now retired, Lindy had a career as a Leadership & Executive Coach and running her own Leadership Development consultancy. Lindy is proud to have been able to use her leadership skills to help others in their development and lead a large taskforce on the Advancement of Women. Lindy’s professional accolades include her accreditation to the level of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation. Prior to operating her own business, Lindy held a variety of regional and head office positions at the TD Bank, including Branch Management and specialized HR roles. She was also a Certified Financial Planner during her tenure at the bank.

Lindy, volunteering since age 14, values connection and contribution through her support of individuals and the community as a whole. She recognizes KBRH as one of the most important facilities in the area and the significant role the Foundation plays in contributing to the advancement of healthcare for the community. Lindy, her husband Keith and their two dogs and two cats, enjoy all the Kootenay’s offers in outdoor sport. She’s a competitive triathlete, having completed two Ironman distance races, many ½ Ironman races and represented Canada on two World Championship teams.

Lisa Babcock

Lisa Babcock

Vice Chair

Lisa Babcock is the Vice Chair of the KBRH Health Foundation and member of the Ambassador Committee. She is currently a dedicated Manager at Kootenay Savings Credit Union and a lifelong learner with multiple accomplishments achieved during her professional career. Lisa holds strong values of honesty, integrity, and community collaboration, deeply appreciating the generosity and dedication of the people and volunteers that surround her. Lisa has volunteered on several boards around the Trail area and is motivated by the work achieved by volunteers.

She is inspired and motivated by people or programs that are successful, and make a difference and values community service. This encouraged her to volunteer her time to the KBRH Health Foundation. Lisa, her husband, 2 sons and their dog love living in Trail and enjoy hockey, baseball, golf and spending time in their beautiful backyard.

Joanne Weninger

Second Vice Chair

Joanne Weninger is the Second Vice Chair for the KBRH Health Foundation Board and a member of the Governance Committee. Now retired, Joanne dedicated many years to education as an Educator and Superintendent of Education and continued her contributions as an Educational Consultant after retirement. Among her many accomplishments, she developed the Saskatchewan Métis resource, “Who I Am,” for childcare and school settings, and significantly improved Early Learning and Childcare within the school division and the province of Saskatchewan. Joanne values continuous growth, learning, and reflection, along with integrity, trust, gratitude, collaboration, reciprocity, and the responsibility for reconciliation.

Giving back to the community has always been important to Joanne and after her move to the Kootenays, she learned the importance of the KBRH Health Foundation and the work it does to support high quality healthcare in the region. This motivated her to become a volunteer for the Foundation. Together with her husband and dog, Max, they love the Kootenay lifestyle, are avid mountain bikers, and enjoys golfing, skiing and fat biking.

Kara Hannigan

Secretary

Kara Hannigan is the Secretary for the KBRH Health Foundation and an active member of the Governance Committee. She works as a Human Resources Business Partner with Interior Health, where she focuses on building relationships and devising creative strategies to recruit, stabilize, and retain critical healthcare staff. Kara takes pride in forming partnerships that foster collaboration and uncover new opportunities to support and sustain health services. Passionate about being part of positive change, Kara understands the importance of community involvement both as a professional and a dedicated volunteer.

She feels volunteering is powerful in that it allows her to become even more connected to this beautiful community and support the future of healthcare in our region. A self proclaimed “avid cross-fitter and a wanna-be runner”, when Kara is not working, you can find her spending time outdoors with her children enjoying the four season lifestyle the Kootenays have to offer. From camping in the summer to skiing in the winter, she is passionate about exploring alongside her children, watching them grow and learn.

Debbie Wood

Treasurer

Debbie Wood is the Treasurer of the KBRH Health Foundation and a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. Before her retirement, Debbie spent over 34 years working in her family-run business, which operated grocery stores throughout BC and Alberta. In her role, she focused primarily on accounting and human resources. In 1982, Debbie earned her Chartered Accountant (CA, now CPA) designation, bringing valuable financial expertise to the Foundation Board.

Along with her professional skills, Debbie‘s volunteerism is guided by her values of honesty, integrity, respect, and accountability. Born and raised in Trail, Debbie was motivated to give back to her community out of an appreciation for the excellent care and services that our regional hospital provides. Debbie enjoys skiing, hiking, yoga, pilates, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa Archambault

Melissa Archambault

Director
Melissa Archambault is a Director for the KBRH Health Foundation and a member of the Ambassador Committee. Melissa is an experienced educator and currently works as a Student Support Teacher in School District 20. Her accomplishments lie within the education sector, including research presentations on ethical decision making and mindfulness in Education, as well as mentorship for teacher candidates at UBC Okanagan. Her core values include connection, contribution, community, and personal & professional growth.

Melissa strives to promote overall well-being and equitable health to everyone that she works with and cares for. Melissa has joined the KBRH Health Foundation Board as she feels her values align with the goals and purpose of the Foundation. She hopes that her volunteerism will provide another opportunity to promote quality health care for our region and the people who live here. Melissa likes to stay as busy outside of the office as she does at work. She loves being with family, friends, and enjoying the outdoors. Melissa has recently returned to the Kootenays and is happy to be back to this region with all it has to offer.

Jeffrey Craig, Director

Jeffrey Craig

Director
Jeffrey Craig is a Director for the KBRH Health Foundation Board and a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. Jeffrey is a lawyer and solicitor at Thompson, LeRose & Brown and feels accomplished when he is able to guide clients through labyrinthine legal processes and helping them to accomplish their goals. He values integrity, loyalty and communication and understands that a strong community requires strong healthcare.

He comprehends the work that the Foundation does in strengthening quality healthcare in the community and this motivates him to serve as a volunteer for the Foundation. He spends his free time with his wife and cat and enjoys woodworking, gardening, golfing, hiking and cross-country skiing.

Andrea Dutchak, Director

Andrea Dutchak

Director
Andrea Dutchak, KBRH Health Foundation Board Director and member of the Ambassador Committee, is a highly accomplished healthcare professional. As the Director of Clinical Operations at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, she is responsible for overseeing both in-patient and outpatient acute care programming. Andrea has achieved significant milestones throughout her career, including the establishment of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Prince Albert, the only NICU in Northern Saskatchewan. She has also served as Registrar of Vital Statistics in Saskatchewan.

From a young age, Andrea’s value system was embedded in the healthcare profession. She is committed to wraparound healthcare for all people and inspired by sustainable and improved system-wide change. She also strongly values the progressive movement of women in leadership roles and healthcare professions.  Andrea is an avid volunteer and her work with the Foundation is a positive, synergistic relationship that will benefit health in our region. Outside of work, Andrea is a committed mom and adores spending time with her family outside in the sun and water. She also enjoys reading, healthy cooking, strength training and running.

Rebecca Smyth

Rebecca Smyth

Director

Rebecca Smyth is a Director for the KBRH Health Foundation Board and is the Foundation’s Privacy Officer. Practicing as a lawyer and prosecutor for the British Columbia Prosecution Service – Crown Counsel, Rebecca’s role in the Criminal Justice system has given her unique insight into the challenges faced by the more vulnerable members of our community and the evolving needs for healthcare.

She understands the importance of volunteerism and its impact on society. For this reason she is committed to the Foundation and its work towards the betterment of regional healthcare. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in her house and garden which she shares with her husband and teenage children. They enjoy traveling, exploring recreational opportunities, hiking and skiing.

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