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THE COMMITTEE
Commitee Chairperson Committee Members
Executive Committee Faye Doucette

Phil Fredette
Michael Hedden
Sue Lasher

Education Yves Berthiaume

Caroline Yewchin - at large
Sue Lasher
Michael Hedden
Brett Watson - at large
Codi Shewan - at large
Karl Wenzel - at large

Government Relations Phil Fredette

Richard Hebert
Jim Bishop
John Green
Kevin Pritchett
Doug Gilchrist (at-large)
Gregory Darte (at-large)

Health Jim Bishop

Patricia Simone - at large
Allan Cole - at large 
Marc Poirier - at large

Communications Michael Hedden
Richard Hebert
Kevin Pritchett
Yves Berthiaume
Strategic Development Owen McKenzie

Yves Berthiaume
Geoff Carnell - at large
Brent Buchanan - at large
Brad Scott - at large

Coalition Kevin Pritchett John Green

 


Faye Doucette, CFSP, President
Email: belvederefh@eastlink.ca
Office Phone: (902) 628-1881
Fax: (902) 892-9048

Representing: Prince Edward Island

Faye, a founding partner of Belvedere Funeral Home, is President and sole-owner of Belvedere Funeral Home and has been involved in funeral service since 1993. She obtained a teaching certificate from Prince of Wales College in 1965 and taught high school mathematics at O'Leary High School and Colonel Gray Senior High School. She went on to complete her B.A. and B.Ed at UPEI.
Faye graduated from Mount Royal College in Calgary with a Certificate in Funeral Directing and Embalming with Honors, and became a Licenced Embalmer and Funeral Director in 2000. She presently serves as President of the Prince Edward Island Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, and as Director of the Atlantic Provinces Funeral Directors and Service Convention (of which she has served as General Chair Person). Faye represents Prince Edward Island on the Funeral Service Association of Canada. She is a Certified Crematory Operator. Faye's husband Eric predeceased her in 1998. She lives in Sherwood and has four daughters and nine grandchildren. Faye is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Stratford, enjoys reading and being with people. She is an active member of St. Pius X Church.

Sue Lasher, CFSP, Past President
Email: susan.lasher@dignitymemorial.com
Office Phone: (403) 297-0888
Fax: (403) 277-4177

Representing: Alberta
Sue began her career in Funeral Service in 1986 with Foster's Garden Chapel in Calgary, Alberta.  Her first role was in administration and she soon realized that she wanted to further serve those in need.  She commenced her apprenticeship in 1988 and graduated in 1990 as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer from the Humber College Program sponsored by the Alberta Funeral Service Association.  Sue's passion for the development and promotion of the Funeral profession has taken her in many directions including corporate training and believes strongly in mentoring future Funeral Directors.  As well as managing Foster's Garden Chapel, Sue is the Chair of the Advistory Committee for the Mount Royal Funeral Director and Embalmer Program and is the Alberta Representative for the Funeral Service Association of Canada.  
Sue has a daughter Melissa, son-in-law Bryan and is the extremely proud Nana to Katie and Laura, who are now her heart and soul.  Outside of the profession Sue spends her free time running the pathways of Calgary and enjoys the outdoors in many capacities.

Phil Fredette, CFSP, Vice President
Email: pfredette@arbormemorial.com
Office Phone: (306) 477-4400
Fax: (306) 477-4433

Representing: Saskatchewan

Originally hired by Park Memorial in Edmonton Phil received his embalmers license in 1982.  He then moved to Bonnyville to work for Don and Elda Thackeray and then in Prince Albert he worked at River Park Memorial Chapel.  In 1987 now as an employee of Arbor Memorial he was transferred to Valley View Funeral Home in Surrey, BC where he worked until 1990.  He was promoted to Assistant Manager of Sands Funeral Chapel in Victoria, BC and in 1991 Phil was promoted to Manager of River Park Memorial Chapel and was transferred back to beautiful Prince Albert where he has lived ever since. Recently, Phil has assumed duties as Manager for Arbor’s Hillcrest Funeral Home in Saskatoon.

In recent years he served as President of the Saskatchewan Board of Funeral Homes Inc. and has been involved with other board members in the negotiations for the increase in the Provincial Coroners rates and the increase in the fees for Social Services. In 2009 he was elected to Council of the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan.

Phil is married to Tara and they have three beautiful daughters;  Chelsey, Janelle, and Ashleigh.

Michael Hedden, Secretary/Treasurer
Email: michael.hedden@dignitymemorial.com
Office Phone: (604) 299-7720
Fax: (604) 299-6473

Representing: British Columbia
Michael entered funeral service in 1990 and worked faithfully with the Armstrong family for nine years. In 1999 he accepted a position with Valley View Funeral Home, in Surrey, BC and excelled under Arbor’s mentorship. In 2002, Michael accepted the Assistant Manager position with Forest Lawn Funeral Home (SCIC) in Burnaby, BC.  Michael has served for six years on the Funeral Service  Association of British Columbia representing SCIC and the provincial membership. He has volunteer countless hours redeveloping the province’s Apprenticeship program and received the Remco Distinguished Service Award, as nominated by his peers, in 2009. In his current position Michael is the General Manager of Forest Lawn and Ocean View Funeral Homes and West Coast Crematorium.

Richard Hebert, Director
Email: r.hebert@bellnet.ca
Office Phone: (418) 276-1411
Fax: (418) 276-2057

Representing: Quebec

Following graduation in 1978 from the Institut de Thanatologuie du Quebec, Richard joined the family owned funeral home, Hebert et fils in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Lac St-Jean, province of Quebec.  Richard also obtained a first degree diploma from the University of Quebec in Montreal in 1985, before becoming the manager of the funeral home in 1988.  Since then, along with his father, brother and employees, he has purchased two other funeral homes in Lac St-Jean.
Richard is an active participant in the evolution of our industry.  He has been a board member of the Corporation des thanatologues du Quebec since 1989 and was its president between 2004 and 2007.  He was chosen by his peers to represent Quebec funeral directors on the FSAC Board in May 2009.  Since April 2008, Richard has also been a town councillor in his community.  He is married to the lovely Andreanne Theriault since 1998 and father of 10 year old Eva.

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Richard a gradue de l'Institut de thanatologie du Quebec en 1978.  Il joint alors l'entreprise familiale, Hebert et fils de Dolbeau-Mistassini, Lac St-Jean, Quebec.  Il complete de plus un baccalaureat en animation et recherche cultruelle a l'Universite du Quebec a Montreal en 1985.  Richard deviant directeur general de l-entreprise en 1988 et procede l'acquisition de la maison Dion et de la maison Desbiens.  Representant elu de sa region au conseil d'administration de la Corporation des thanatologues du Quebec depuis 20 ans, il en a preside les destinees entre 2004 et 2007.
Marie depuis 1988 a la charmant Andreanne Theriault, it est le pere de Eva, 10 ans.  Conseiller municipal depuis un an, Richard est un homme aux multiples interets et talents, representant maintenant le Quebec a al FSAC.

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Yves Berthiaume, CFSP, Director
Email: yves.berthiaume@salonfuneraireberthiaume.com
Office Phone: (613) 632-8511
Fax: (613) 632-1065

Representing: Ontario

Yves Berthiaume is a 3rd generation President and CEO of a Family business since 1896 that his now entering a 4 generation Yves has always been quite involved in different community associations and has been the youngest at 47 years of age who in 2004-05 served as the President of Optimist International the 4th biggest service club in the world.
Yves has a great since of humor and loves to laugh!

Kevin Pritchett, Director
Email: kevin.pritchett@nf.aibn.com
Office Phone: (709) 674-4686
Fax: (709) 674-5164

Representing: Newfoundland / Labrador

Attended Memorial University of Newfoundland; graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.
Worked with Treasury Board – Provincial Government  1975 / 1976 – in the speciality of Job Classification and Pay.
Left government employ in 1976 to return home to help run the family business.
Obtained  Funeral Directors License in 1978, Embalmers License in 1982.
Chaired Local School Committee for 2 years.
Served as Musical Director (Bandmaster Certificate) for local church for 15 years. Obtained Bandmaster’s Certificate in Brass Banding from Salvation Army.
Served on the Funeral Directors Association Executive for 18 years. From Director to President – 4 years as President. Chaired the committee which initiated “Pre-Arranged Funeral Legislation” for the Province.
General Chairman of Atlantic Funeral Directors Convention two years.
During this time the Atlantic Funeral Directors produced book of remembrance for All Atlantic Canada Funeral Homes
Enjoys boating, snowmobiling, RV’ing, piano and bass guitar, photography and travel with his wife Barbara.

Jim Bishop, Bishop's Funeral Home

Representing: New Brunswick

Owen McKenzie, Director, Manitoba
Email: owen.k.mckenzie@gmail.com

Representing: Manitoba
Although Owen has been a funeral director for only 15 years he has been in various roles of service to people within the community of Portage la Prairie both professionally and has served on many, many boards and committees.    He frequently says he has not had one day of regret for his choice of joining the profession as he has always valued the worth of every individual and connects with people quickly and feels enriched by the why of others traditions and practices.
The somewhat creative and sacred act of the preparation of the deceased came as a pleasant surprise as he always speaks to their spirit during preparation to strengthen the connection. As a Funeral Director he feels he has opportunity to be a resource to facilitate healthy process for the public at a significant milestone in each person experience. Owen is honored to have the opportunity to serve such a rich and diverse community within such a great province and country.  

John Greene, Director
Email: greensfuneralhm@ns.sympatico.ca
Office Phone: 902-625-2929

Representing Nova Scotia
A first generation Funeral Director, and sole owner of J.F. Greene Funeral Services Limited. John first began in the funeral profession during his final year of high school, and purchased that funeral home 3 years later in 1999 he became licensed in 2000.

John served as a Board member of the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia for 12 years and during that time served as Vice President and two terms as President in addition John has served as General Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Funeral Director and Service Convention.

Outside of his professional obligations John is a Volunteer Firefighter and currently serves as Secretary of the Port Hastings Volunteer Fire Department. John is a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, Port Hawkesbury and serves on the Parish Cemetery Committee and is a past chair of the Parish Pastoral Council.

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