Last week, Donalda Carson announced she was retiring from the position after 20 years, and that Donna Flood would be taking over. Flood brings a lot of experience to the position.
“I have 32 years of nursing experience,” she said, “in a wide breadth of systems.”
Flood moved to Prince George about two and a half years ago, and she found herself working in an area that set up nicely for the move to Hospice House.
“I was doing transitional planning for palliative care. I also joined the Hospice Society board, so I am familiar with the system here.”
Society president Mike Hickey said Flood’s position on the board caused them to create a slightly different hiring process.
“We had someone from outside sort of overseeing the whole process, because with Donna being on the board and applying for the position, we wanted to make sure everything was done correctly.”
He says they had 20 candidates for the position, including from as far away as India.
“We interviewed five of those people, then made a short list of three, then selected Donna.”
Flood says her decision to apply for the position was a matter of timing.
“Everything aligns sometimes for place and time, and this was one of those times.”
She has worked in a number of different areas of Northern Canada.
“I worked for 12 years in Nunavut, so it’s nice coming to balmy Prince George,” she said with a laugh.
Flood added she knew already what her biggest challenge would be.
“The challenge is trying to fill the shoes of Donalda.”
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