Heartland Community Hospice Foundation

About the board members

Lila Philips - President - 2018

Lila has lived in Fort Saskatchewan since 1980. Lila and husband Mark have 4 children 2 sons and 2 daughters. Lila is an entrepreneur owning several businesses here and in Sherwood Park. Lila joined the Heartland Community Hospice in 2018 after her mother need a hospice and the closest really nice hospice was in St Albert. At that time when Lila would drive there every day to see her mom, she thought of all the people that don't drive and it would be difficult for people to be with loved ones when they need them the most. So, in August 2018 we opened the first 6 beds for Heartland Community Hospice in Fort Saskatchewan. I feel God put me on this earth to help people and that is what I truly love to do.

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 - Board Member

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.

Michelle Johnston -Past 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.

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.

Brenda Jacobs - Board Member 2019, Bio coming soon....

Sandra Adams - Board member, 2019, Bio coming soon....

Leanne Scott - Board Member 2021, Bio coming soon....