Kim Fraser, Chair HCA Program

  Bio to come

Deborah Denhoff, HCA Instructor

Deborah joined the faculty of Health and Human service in 2011 as an instructor in the Heath Care Assistant Program. Within her thirty years of nursing experience Deborah has worked in a variety of settings from northern nursing stations in Canada's Arctic to Rehabilitation Units in Los Angeles. The majority of her nursing career has been spent with seniors. She has worked as a staff nurse in a complex care facility and as both a Long Term Care Case Manager and a Home Support Nurse Leader in Home and Community Care. Deborah graduated from Foothills Hospital School of Nursing in Calgary.


Lisa Touray, HCA Instructor

Lisa joined the faculty of Health and Human Services in 2016 as an instructor in the Health Care Assistant Program. Lisa worked as an HCA for four years while taking her nursing degree. With her fourteen years of nursing experience Lisa has worked in a variety of settings. The majority of her nursing career has been spent with seniors. She has worked as a staff nurse in several Long Term Care facilities and also as both a Director Of Care and Nurse Educator. Lisa graduated with her BSN from Nanaimo Malaspina University Collage (VIU) in 2003. Lisa has a passion for teaching, and educating HCAs.



Shona Panek, Instructor, Powell River


Shona graduated from Douglas College in 1986 and furthered her education via distance education. She graduated with her BSN from U-VIC in 1999. Throughout her career she has worked in the Emergency/Intensive Care Units, Ambulatory Unit, Oncology, and has taught people how to live with Diabetes. At present she works part-time as an operating room nurse. Throughout her career she has always enjoyed teaching both patients, families, and co-workers but felt something was missing. In 2002 she joined Vancouver Island University, and has taught the HS/RCA program on a part-time basis. Her joy in this area is to see the growth in the students she teaches, and then to be able to work with them in the health care field.


Leah Trydal, HCA Instructor, Powell River

  • Powell River Campus, Building: 610, Room: 119
  • Phone: 604-485-8055, Local 8055
  • Email: Leah.Trydal@viu.ca

Leah graduated from the University of Victoria School of Nursing in 2010 and moved to Powell River shortly after. She worked in both acute care and mental health nursing before finding her calling in residential care. A strong belief in the benefits of team nursing in regards to elder care brought her to take on the role of part-time instructor in the Health Care Assistant Program in 2012. Leah is committed to providing a quality learning experience for Health Care Assistant students as she believes that HCAs play a vital role in providing safe, quality care to our elders. Leah teaches in both the clinical and theory portions of the program and enjoys watching and supporting the metamorphosis from student to caregiver. In addition to team nursing and leadership, Leah is also very interested in educating staff, students, and herself regarding dementia and dementia care.


Lisa Wiznowycz, HCA Instructor, Powell River

Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UBC in 2004. Her background in Nursing has been mostly in Acute Care, with post-graduate diplomas in Intensive Care and Peri-Operative Care. She values continuous learning at all levels, and feels passionate about education promotion. Lisa has experience in leadership and education within acute care. She works in the Surgical Services department at the Powell River General Hospital. She began as a part time instructor at VIU in 2014 teaching theory classes and clinical.