|Phil Fredette, CFSP, President|
Office Phone: (306) 477-4400
Fax: (306) 477-4433
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.
|Faye Doucette, CFSP, Past President|
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.
|Michael Hedden, Vice President|
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.
|John Greene, Secretary/Treasurer|
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.
|Yves Berthiaume, CFSP, Director|
Office Phone: (613) 632-8511
Fax: (613) 632-1065
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!
|Jim Bishop, Bishop's Funeral Home|
Representing: New Brunswick
Jim Bishop was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is a third generation funeral director in his independent, family owned, Canadian funeral home. The funeral home was started by his grandfather, Clowes Bishop, in 1964. His father, Gerald Bishop, ran the funeral home until 2004. Jim started with the funeral home in 1989 and took over operation and ownership in 2005. Since that time he has been a member of the New Brunswick Funeral Directors Association, having served three terms as president. He was a past board member representing New Brunswick for the Canadian Independent Group of Funeral Homes. He currently sits on the New Brunswick Provincial Regulatory Board of Funeral Director’s and Embalmers. His funeral home has been a member of the Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) for a number of years and he is currently a board member of FSAC, representing NB. Jim is also the Government Relations chairman for FSAC.
|Owen McKenzie, Director, 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.
|Marie-Eve Garneau, Director|
A fourth generation of funeral director, Marie Eve joined the family funeral home in 2002 after studying at Humber College in Toronto. She was born and raise in the funeral home in St-Romuald.Québec. In 2008, feeling that the population needs were changing the family home underwent to a major change as they built a funeral complex where all the services could be found under one roof. Marie Eve and her sister, Valerie, are proud to take over their father Jean Garneau's business, which has grown significantly as it has doubled in size in the last two years. Marie believes that younger generation funeral directors can bring a breath of fresh air to our profession, which has changed a lot in the last 20 years, while the valuable experience of past generation like her dad is still very much needed to stay strong.
She is proudly married to a funeral director originally from port Perry, Ontario, Owen St.John who operates a transfer service and crematorium in Levis, Québec. Together they have 3 beautiful young children. Marie also strives to be involved in her community as much as she can.
|Brett Watson, Director|
Office Phone: (403) 297-0711
Brett started his career in funeral service in his home town of Nipawin, Saskatchewan in 1991. He graduated from the Alberta School of Mortuary Science (the precursor to Mount Royal University) under the instruction of Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. Much of his career has been spent in Southern Alberta, managing numerous funeral homes including his current position at South Calgary Funeral Centre.
He has served on various committees with the Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) and with the Alberta Funeral Service Association (AFSA). Brett served as president with AFSA from 2003-2005. He is also accredited with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners (APFSP).
Brett has instructed at Mount Royal University in various capacities since the beginning of the Embalmer Certificate Program in 2000. His primary focus has been instruction in Embalming Theory, Restorative Art and Embalming Practices.
|Colin Barrett, Director|
Office Phone: 709-579-6007
Representing: Newfoundland / Labrador
Colin is a fourth generation Funeral Director with Barrett's Funeral Home and Crematorium, St. John's, NL. He started working in the family business at the age of 15 and decided to pursue a career in funeral services in 1991. Colin graduated from Kingstec in 1996 and became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1996. He manages two locations of Barrett's Funeral Home in St. John's and Mount Pearl, NL. Colin is an active member of his community and is a Past Master of St. George's Masonic Lodge, and First Colony Masonic Lodge.
|Roberta Sulpher, Executive Director|
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-841-7779
Office Phone: 613-271-2107