Darlene FischerBoard Member
After graduating from Mannville High School in 1957 Darlene attended university in Edmonton and became a teacher. She enjoyed teaching for the Edmonton Public School Board for 27 years. Darlene and her husband, Allan, have lots of volunteer experience including the “Ways and Means” committee of Avonmore United Church and raising funds and performing maintenance as active members of St Paul’s United Church. They currently volunteer in the garden at Hospice House and with Hands in Service where Darlene has served many years on the board and even more on the fundraising committee and Allan is a longtime volunteer delivering food hampers. They are now retired and along with serving our community, they love to bowl at Capri, listen to music, travel and are avid fans of the Kelowna Rockets.
Connie Burgher Board Member & Prayer Team
“Gods plan for my life included Graduating as a Physiotherapist from University of Cape Town in 1968. I had a varied work experience in South Africa. In 1985 God led me to emigrate to Canada with a job offer from Kelowna General Hospital where I worked in the outpatient section first and then became section head of the in -patient Physiotherapy staff until my retirement in 2011. I have been on numerous education and fund raising committees and we hosted 2 successful national orthopaedic conferences in Kelowna. I have been involved with Sunday School and Youth Ministries at my local church Currently I host a ladies bible study and I am in a prayer ministry for Hands in Service.”
Cathie HardenBoard Member
Cathie was born and raised in Vancouver, graduating from UBC with a B.ed in 1974. She taught in Elementary Schools in BC and Alberta for 5 years before starting a family. While raising her three sons with her husband, she volunteered at church, kid’s schools, Meals on Wheels, and the Kiwanis Music Festival. She’s worked on fundraising campaigns with her Boys’ High School, Church Youth and Community Sports Teams. She was a leader of ladies bibles study groups and after-school youth programs at her church in Alberta, in addition to being a board member. Since moving to Kelowna 12 years ago, she’s been involved with Ladies Bible Study Groups and Church Music Ministry. She enjoys gardening, quilting and, scrap-booking.
Patricia GoertzenExecutive Director
Patricia Goertzen, Executive Director of Hands In Service, is passionately engaged. Heading the 2010 nominee for Volunteer Organization of the Year, she encourages community change through tangible acts that empower individuals. Appointed in 2009, Patricia was previously co-owner of Okanagan Scriptural Supplies for 10 years with her husband Larry. Patricia followed founder and current director, Cherie Kelly, in accepting the executive director position.
Pam WatlandField Coordinator
Pam Watland, Hands in Service Field Coordinator brings 30 years of experience in healthcare, including both professional and volunteer capacities. She has experience in cardiology, orthopedic, neurologic and vascular surgical nursing, as well as experience in an addiction treatment clinic and a methadone program. Pam’s passion is to assist individuals in finding a healthy balance in their lives, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. Healthy people create healthy communities and by training and encouraging volunteers to support clients, whose needs are diverse, she sees that passion fulfilled.
Ruth HareField Coordinator
Ruth Hare, Hands in Service Field Coordinator has been involved in the community in various capacities over the last 25 years. Doing everything from coaching youth soccer, to leading the Parent Advisory Council, she has given her time and energy to people and their families. Ruth loves making a difference. With her background in child and family counselling, she brings experience, skill and a heart to help others. Being able to connect available volunteers with people in need of help brings her much joy. She sees how facilitating this connection has the power to transform their lives, bringing hope and providing tangible acts of love.
Joyce Hahn Office Admin
Ashlea MaskellOperations Assistant