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“The IPC team genuinely cares about those battling prostate cancer and their family and friends. We love them like our family!”

About

Island Prostate Centre (IPC) is the only non-profit that guides and empowers Vancouver Island patients and their families as they navigate the uncertainty of a prostate cancer diagnosis.

We uniquely offer the time and space you need to explore your options and human supports so you never walk alone.

Our Staff

Leanne Kopp

Leanne Kopp

Executive Director

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As Executive Director, I’m dedicated to building community capacity and relationships that better the health journey of men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families. After 25 years in the non-profit sector, I’ve seen the impact our work can have in the community. It motivates me to push for strong organizational leadership and a ‘people first’ perspective.

Holly Heinz

Holly Heinz

Nurse Navigator

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As a Nurse Navigator, I guide prostate cancer patients throughout their cancer journey, supporting their physical, mental and emotional needs along the way.

I started my nursing career, working on a variety of units (including oncology and urology) as a travel nurse in the United States.  For the last 17 years and prior to starting at Island Prostate Centre, I have been a nurse educator, teaching in a registered nursing program.  

Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy

Administrative Support Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

Svein Haugen

Svein Haugen

Board Chair

Svein is a Realtor with RE/MAX Camosun. He retired from the BC Public Service after a 35-year career applying his financial, analytical and management expertise as a CPA-CGA, primarily working on multi-billion dollar highway projects.

“I’d participated in the Ride to Live event for many years, but it was a total surprise when I discovered I had prostate cancer during a Men’s Health Day clinic. I owe IPC so much for my early diagnosis. A role with the Board is my way of giving back.”

Lisa Nye

Lisa Nye

Board Vice Chair

Lisa is a consultant and business owner with expertise in policy, negotiations, strategic planning, and Indigenous engagement. Through her consultancy and 28 years with the BC Government, she has built extensive personal and business networks.

“Within my circle of friends, I’ve witnessed the struggles of those facing prostate cancer. I want to do what I can to sustain and grow IPC support services.”

CG Morrison

CG Morrison

Board Treasurer

Charles (CG) is an accountant with public and private industry experience. He worked at the CPA firm Schibli Stedman King and Harbour City Kitchens, before joining Michell Excavating Ltd. Recognized by the University of Alberta with the President’s Trophy Award for his contributions as an athlete, leader, and role model, CG lends his leadership skills to IPC.

“Prostate cancer has affected multiple generations of men in my family, so it matters to me that those in the same position are supported in their journey.”

Sheila Schmidt

Sheila Schmidt

Board Secretary

Sheila is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta. She has worked in acute care at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for over 30 years with many of those years spent working in oncology and caring for men with prostate cancer.

“We all know someone who has received a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Recently I lost my uncle to the disease. Happily, I also have friends who are living their lives and thriving due to advances in diagnosis and treatment. Volunteering with Island Prostate Centre gives me the opportunity to give back and  spread the word that support is available”.

Sharon Torgerson

Sharon Torgerson

Board Member

Sharon has over 25 years of progressive leadership experience across both public and private sector in Human Resources. Sharon brings with her a wealth of experience in BC Health Care from serving as an executive for BC Clinical and Support Services (BCCSS) to currently serving as an Island Health Vice President. .

“I joined the board of IPC to enable additional supports for men and their families as they navigate the difficult diagnosis of Prostate Cancer. In the last five years I have watched family and friends struggle with getting the help and advice they needed.”

Robert Attwell

Robert Attwell

Board Member

Rob is Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Careteam Technologies, a digital health platform designed to improve the care journey of people with complex conditions. He is the past Chair of the Neil Squire Society a national not-for-profit serving people with disabilities.

“I have seen many friends experience the challenges of prostate cancer and the difficulty of making treatment decisions, they have all needed support in their journey.”

Sandy Dudzinski

Sandy Dudzinski

Board Member

Sandy is a part owner of an online company and has over 30 years experience in sales, marketing and communications. She has applied these skills to help grow the business within Canada and the US.

We have all been affected by family members and friends who have struggled with the diagnosis, treatment and after care of cancer. I have joined the IPC board to assist in the growth of support services provided.

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