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Treasurer / Brett Third

Brett joined the HTHS Board after his heart transplant in September 2013. Brett’s 30 years of project management experience through the family steel business, George Third & Son, as well as his commitment to the care of fellow heart transplant patients, are great assets to the HTHS.

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Events + Fundraising / Nathalie Desmarais

Nathalie received her heart transplant in 2016. She joined HTHS in 2017, and brings her passion to help others and her joy of receiving the gift of life to her position as Home Manager.

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Home Manager / Eunice Barriga

Eunice received her heart transplant in December, 2002. She has been volunteering with BC Transplant since 2007 and now proudly joins the HTHS team.

Board Member / Lesley Finlayson

Lesley, a recent heart transplant recipient, joined the Board in 2015. A professional painter, she was formerly the Department Chair of, and an instructor in, Fine Arts at Langara College. Lesley’s administrative and creative abilities are invaluable when helping the HTHS find suitable accommodation for patients and their families.

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Board Member / Michel Dugré

Michel comes to the HTHS Board from the family side of the transplant experience; his wife received a transplant two years ago. Michel's business, marketing, and public relations background is a great asset to HTHS.

St. Paul’s Hospital Heart Transplant Social Worker / Shelley Prytula

Shelley brings a wealth of experience in non-profit program coordination and healthcare social work. At St. Paul’s Hospital, she works closely with patients and their families and refers recipients who need support to the HTHS. Shelley’s involvement on the Board strengthens our partnership with St. Paul’s Hospital and helps identify changing priorities for patients and families so we are able to continuously improve the resources and support we provide. 

The HTHS Board welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at