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Co-Founder and Board Chair

Alyssa Boyd graduated from McMaster medical school in 2003 and traveled North to Thunder Bay to complete a two year residency program in rural family medicine with a special focus in palliative care.  She returned to Southern Ontario in 2006 for a brief 3-month locum in Collingwood in the hopes of traveling...

Dr. Alyssa Boyd


Co-Founder, Registered Nurse, and Program Coordinator

Lisa Wright is a Registered Nurse and co-founder of the Living Wish Foundation.

Lisa was born and raised in Mississauga growing up with a family cottage in Blue Mountain. Some of her happiest memories originate from spending time with family together at the cottage...

Lisa Wright


Director & Treasurer

Ingrid McLeod-Dick is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a BSc. from Queens University and an MBA from Schulich School of Business. Ingrid worked 16 years in public practice and also taught at the Schulich School of Business for the past 25 years in its MBA and EMBA program in the areas of finance and accounting... 

Ingrid McLeod - Dick



Karen Ladner Haas has a  diverse background in both health care and corporate settings including career and leadership coaching, financial planning, education, and ongoing volunteer leadership roles within healthcare. She has a BA from the University of Calgary and a certificate in family engagement in research from McMaster.  


Her integrity, respect for the opinions and experiences of others, and drive to achieve organizational goals makes her a perfect fit... 

Karen Ladner Haas

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Wish Coordinator

Melissa Nyhof graduated from Georgian College as a Personal Support Worker and has continued her education with courses in palliative care,  leadership and communication. 

Melissa holds the position of Team lead and worked with us granting wishes as a volunteer before starting as a wish coordinator in 2022.  Her experience with E3 Community Services and her belief that a wish can renew hope, with one life changing experience at a time speaks our language...

Melissa Nyhof


Registered Nurse

Samantha Stark is a Registered Nurse and her career has aligned with Long Term Care, Palliative and End of Life care, and legacy projects. Her passion in nursing is ignited by our work and her patients.


Samantha is grateful for the honour to work on wishes and to contribute to the community and the people and families we help every day...


Samantha Stark-Johnson


    Nancy Good-Kennedy

    Co-Founder and Director

    Being in love with people, who they are, and what makes them a person, Nancy Good-Kennedy R.N., R.Ac , Co-founder of The Living Wish Foundation, joined the field of nursing more than 20years ago. She knows firsthand, that when human-beings are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness it is not uncommon... 


      Tina Jansen van Vuren


      Tina Jansen van Vuuren is a new Director of The Living Wish Foundation.

      Tina  adds to The Living Wish team  over 17 years of event planning experience with not-for-profit organizations... 


        Dr. Karin Euler


        Dr. Karin Euler has been a family physician for 27 years and has an interest in providing the best palliative care possible. Karin believes that you should be allowed to live as fully as possible until the moment that you die. In their last days, people are confined... 


          Linda MacLeod

          Director & Secretary

          Linda MacLeod has been a clinical nurse in mental health, critical care and step-down units in 3 different provinces. Her work in hospital administration has been primarily in Ottawa and Collingwood, but also Cape Breton...


            Cal Patterson

            Director to August 4, 2021

            Cal Patterson


            Cal‘s commitment to the Living Wish Foundation as one of our very first board members was very much welcomed. The breadth and depth of his knowledge and experience was invaluable to the success of South Georgian Bay’s newest not for profit organization. 

            In 2020, we awarded Cal with the "Cal Patterson Outstanding Achievement Award" for going above and beyond to help others...


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              Chloe Hall

              Fundraising and Events Consultant

              Chloe Hall joins us as a Fundraising and Events Consultant this year. 


              Chloe studied communications, media, and event management at Brock University. 


              Throughout the years, she has developed a passion for the non-profit industry and her experience working with charitable organizations... 

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              Established in 2018


              • Marie LaRose, 2018-20

              • Lisa Wright, 2018-20

              • Michael Lisi, 2018-21

              • Cal Patterson 2018-21

              • Mike LaCroix 2018-22

              • Will Thomson 2018-22

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