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October 17, 2018

New CEO Announcement: A Message from Marguerite Rowe, Chair, Victoria Hospice Society

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Harter to the position of CEO of the Victoria Hospice Society, beginning Tuesday, November 13th.

Kevin has been a leader in the field of long term care for eighteen years and is currently the President and CEO of York Care Centre (YCC), the largest long term care facility in New Brunswick. Situated in Fredericton, the YCC is a 214-bed long term care nursing home which includes assisted living, independent living and community outreach. Since he began at the YCC in 2013, he has forged several national strategic partnerships and become the Executive Director of AGE-WELL’s National Innovation Hub: Advancing Policies and Practices in Technology and Aging.

Kevin has deep expertise in both leading organizations and spearheading national research aimed to drive innovation, improve quality of care, and create services to improve the health and wellbeing of older Canadians and their caregivers. In addition to his work with AGE-WELL, Kevin developed a research centre in partnership with the University of New Brunswick, the University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University; he is a Member of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Home and Continuing Care National Advisory Committee; and he participated in the Seniors Quality Leap Initiative, a collaborative of nursing homes across Canada and US who lead in the benchmarking of clinical quality standards. He is results-driven with a collaborative and strategic approach; a number of the quality improvement initiatives he led at the YCC have been adopted provincially and nationally.

With his proven track record of success, the Board of Directors is confident that Kevin will bring energy, passion and innovation to our organization at a critical time. As our population grows and ages, and demand for our services increases, we are sure that his visionary style of leadership will guide us successfully into the future. Kevin is no stranger to Victoria; he has familial ties to the region and he has held senior leadership positions at Rest Haven Lodge and the Kiwanis Pavilion.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Kevin on his new role and extend our deepest gratitude to Wayne Powell for the steady leadership he has provided to Victoria Hospice as Interim CEO since May 2018.


Marguerite Rowe, Chair, Victoria Hospice Society


Media Contact: 
Jen Cooper 
Manager, Communications & Marketing 
Victoria Hospice 
Tel: 250-519-1729
Email: [email protected] 

Victoria Hospice is a registered charity that has been around since 1980. Donations fund almost half of our annual operating costs and are critical for the ongoing operation of programs and services for patients and families and for education and research. provided end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment. Donations enable us to:

  • Provide the best care and support for patients nearing end-of-life, whether at home, in the community or at our Inpatient unit.
  • Extend our care to patients’ families and loved ones through our bereavement support and grief counselling programs.
  • Engage in education, training and research to develop evidence-based clinical practices and advance the field of palliative care across Canada and around the world.

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