Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
See Details

Jane Jordan

Program Coordinator

Jane Jordan

Program Coordinator

Jane has worked with the North Shore Palliative Care Program since 2000 and has learned much about how patients and their families are living with a life-limiting illness.

Working with an exceptional multi-disciplinary team, gifted nurses, volunteers , and a dedicated group of physicians has helped assist patients and their families access services and support.  Coordinating the Every Day Counts Program enables Jane to bring people together and support one another using the many resources available on the North Shore.

Dr. Anis Lakha

Palliative Physician and EDC Founder

Dr. Anis Lakha

Palliative Physician and EDC Founder

As a family physician early in my career, I recognized a strong desire to help patients facing serious illness and their families to live life to the fullest. Coming from UK, with some training in palliative care, helped me to realize my passion. Many years after our 3 sons were grown, I had the opportunity to go back to UK to train further in palliative care. Upon return I was fortunate to be part of the North Shore Hospice society. Together we developed the Every Day Counts Program, a day program, supporting patients In the community facing serious illness and their families to live well, taking one day at a time. It is an honor and privilege for me to care for our palliative families.

May Mikhail

Patient and Family Counsellor

May Mikhail

Patient and Family Counsellor

May brings over 30 years of practice experience to her counselling.  As a medical social worker, May counselled in many settings including: rehabilitation, palliative care, and Hospice.  May developed expertise in trauma, bereavement and loss, relationship trauma, and with assisting individuals and families rebuild their lives. May is registered with the BC College of Social Workers (RSW).

Tracy Laslop

Music Therapist

Tracy Laslop

Music Therapist

Tracy Laslop is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for connecting with others through music. A graduate of the University of Alberta and Capilano University, Tracy completed her 1000 hours of clinical Music Therapy training in the palliative setting at Lions Gate Hospital (including the North Shore Hospice and Every Day Counts), and has been working with the palliative team since 2018.

Tracy also provides music therapy at the HOpe Centre with youth, and at Camp Kerry with families in bereavement. She has been a guitar instructor since 2012, and is a saxophonist and guitarist performing regularly throughout the Lower Mainland.

Toni van der Marel

Yoga Instructor

Toni van der Marel

Yoga Instructor

Toni walked into her first yoga class in 1999. She has been learning and training since then. Specializing in teaching Trauma Informed Yoga, Adaptive and Accessible Yoga, Yoga for Chronic Pain, Restorative Yoga Therapeutics, Chair Yoga, Meditation, Breath work and much more.  Believing that Yoga gives us permission to get quiet with ourselves and tune into what we need to restore and re-balance, so we can be our best selves.

When not in a yoga class Toni can be found spending time with her family, friends and cats.  Reading, drawing, singing in her car, and enjoying the beautiful North Shore.

Kenzie Pattillo

Yoga Instructor

Kenzie Pattillo

Yoga Instructor

Kenzie Pattillo completed her 200 hour Yoga teacher training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2002 and her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Semperviva Yoga College in 2015 where she specialized in Hatha Vinyasa, Restorative therapeutics, and Yin Yoga. Her further studies have included Yoga Nidra, Mindful Strength and Pilates, and she guest teaches for two yoga teacher trainings as well yoga getaways twice yearly.

Kenzie believes in staying local, serving her community by teaching at North Shore yoga studios, rec centres, co-housing communities, private homes and even City Hall. She teaches an accessible, strength based practice that brings mindfulness into present body awareness both on and off the mat.

Tamara Roberts

Portrait in the Garden Team

Tamara Roberts

Portrait in the Garden Team

Tamara Roberts has been a professional portrait photographer since 1997. Now retired, she wants to share her talent!

Monica Noel

Portrait in the Garden Team

Monica Noel

Portrait in the Garden Team

Monica has been working in the cosmetics industry since 1978 when she became an independent Mary Kay Cosmetics Consultant, teaching thousands of women how to bring out their best features and feel great about themselves. Using this vast experience, Monica became a Facilitator for the Look Good Feel Better Program at BC Cancer Agency, and for the past 13 years has been a founding team member with our monthly Portrait in the Garden Program at North Shore Hospice. Seeing the joy in the faces of participants makes doing what she does totally worthwhile.

Lynda Smith

Portrait in the Garden Team

Lynda Smith

Portrait in the Garden Team

Lynda is a professional Trichologist and Hair Loss Specialist. As part of the Portrait in the Garden Team, Lynda provides 35 years of expertise for anyone who is experiencing hair loss due to side-effects of chemotherapy, alopecia, lupus and other illnesses. Lynda is available for consultations to give a knowledgeable and compassionate overview of the many options available, including wigs and hair pieces.

Elizabeth Anderson

Patient and Family Counsellor

Elizabeth Anderson

Patient and Family Counsellor

Elizabeth Anderson has a Master of Social Work, is a Registered Social Worker with the BCCSW, and is a qualified Coach, recognized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Elizabeth has over 18 years experience working with people to deal effectively with their grief and loss following either death or relationship breakdown and manage anxiety or stress well. She assists people to work towards their goals, and live fuller, happier lives.  Elizabeth has also worked in health care supporting people in conjunction with their families to navigate the health system, deal with complex health issues and palliative, end of life care.

Elizabeth has a calm presence and a passion for working with people to assist them to achieve their full potential. Elizabeth has witnessed the amazing transformations that can take place.  Elizabeth uses a range of approaches, including EMDR, Narrative Therapy, mindfulness and different tools to guide discussions and uncover new ways of understanding yourself and your challenges.