Heartland Community Hospice Foundation

About the board members

Michelle Johnston - President, 2016

I am a pre-school Teacher and a busy Mom of five children with my loving husband of 19 years, Darryl. I have lived in Fort Saskatchewan most of my life with my parents and chose to raise my children here. I can see the needs of our community and the blessing that Hospice would provide to many families. I enjoy being an active member of our community and truly feel the need to support and help our hospice in any way I can.

Terri-Ann Trohubiak: Vice-President, 2016

I lived in the Fort for about 16 years and was working as a para-legal in Edmonton before moving to an acreage near Elk Island.  I have lived there for the past 24 years.  We have three kids.  My parents, and other family, still reside in the Fort.  I have served on many Boards and am an active volunteer.  Currently, I am President of The Good Hope Community League and Rural Contact for Strathcona in Bloom.  I am also a Commissioner for Oaths.  I too, have seen many on their end of life journey in hospitals and believe a hospice in our community was long overdue.  I am excited to have helped get this project off the ground as one's journey here on earth should also end full of compassion and support.

Lisa Mason - Secretary, 2019

Lisa and her husband Christopher have called the Fort their home for the past 2 years, having moved from the States. As empty-nesters, they felt it was time to start a new chapter and finally made the move to Canada, as they have wanted to for many years. Lisa works at the University of Alberta. Hospice holds a special place in her heart as both her parents and mother-in-law received wonderful care through hospice at the end of their life-journey. She looks forward to putting her fundraising and stewardship background to use to help support the Heartland Community Hospice Foundation.

Courtney Kochan - Treasurer, 2018

I live in Fort Saskatchewan with my husband Kyler and our two boys aged 11 and 9. I am a preschool teacher and part owner at A Fairytale Beginning. After having family members needing hospice I really wanted to get involved with hospice in my local area.

Lisa Makin - Past President 

Has been married for 12 years to her high school sweetheart Lee. They are raising their 2 children Trista, 11, and Cohen 9 here in their home town Fort Saskatchewan. Lisa is an entrepreneur owning several business ventures here and in Sherwood Park. She was elected to Fort Saskatchewan city council in October 2017.  She gets involved in her community through the Chamber of Commerce, Heartland Community Hospice Foundation, and through many other local initiatives.  

Brenda Whalen - Past Treasurer 

Has been married to Bob for 50 years.  They have 2 sons.  She's lived in Fort Sask for nearly 40 years and raised her family here.  She was a registered nurse for 52 years and helped deliver over 5,000 babies. Since retirement she has developed a neurological problem - possibly Parkinson's.  When her Father died in Rivercrest 25 years ago she noticed a lack of facilities for those who needed support in terminal care situations. It is only a matter of time before I may need assistance so she decided to help set things up at the hospice level while she can. 

Dyanna Retzlaff - Board member, 2019

Fort Saskatchewan has been my home for over 45 years. I married my high schools sweetheart, Brad, and together we raised 2 daughters and a son, all of whom live here. I have been a realtor for the past 13 years and am proud to say Fort Saskatchewan is my home. I am very pleased to be on the Heartland Community Hospice Foundation and look forward to all future endeavors.

Cpl. Roland MISIK - Board Member, 2019

Is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since 2005 completing postings in Gleichen, Ab, Project KARE (Missing and Murdered Women Task Force), Serious Crimes Branch – Major Crimes Unit and currently posted to the Historical Homicide Cold Case Unit and a member of the Critical Incident Team (Crisis Negotiator). Roland moved to Fort Saskatchewan in 2009 with his wife Tawnie (who grew up in Fort Sask) where they are raising their two children who are involved in several in and out of school sports. The addition of the Heartland Hospice was a huge asset to the community as all persons, young or old; who are faced with the reality of a premature end of life situation should be allowed to live out the last days, weeks and months of their lives in a comfortable setting surrounded by people showing compassion and support for them.


Sandra Adams - Board member, 2019