Ian Rathwell, Long-time Board Member & Treasurer, Moves On
Since joining the Board of OutCare Foundation in 2006, Ian Rathwell, a former Partner at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, has played a major role, offering financial guidance, crafting governance and fundraising expertise. In his role as treasurer, Ian’s direction helped OutCare to protect its funds, giving us the resources to provide help to families in the community in much the same way as the community helped his.
Personal Connection to Palliative Care
Before he was approached by then Board Chair, Kim Devooght to join the OutCare Foundation as Treasurer, Ian Rathwell had no direct experience with palliative care and, like many of us, he never expected to. When his wife Deborah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early September 2009, his focus shifted to Deborah’s end-of-life journey.
“The most important thing for Deborah was her family,” says Ian. “She chose to live out her remaining days at home and we were fortunate to have the resources in our community to allow Deborah to receive palliative care in the comfort our home.”
Surrounded by her loving family and compassionate caregivers, Deborah passed away on September 22, 2011, just over two years after her diagnosis.
After fourteen years in a leadership role, Ian is leaving the Board and moving to his “heaven on earth” on Vancouver Island.
“It has been my absolute honour to work with OutCare, it’s donors and the people they help,” he says. “Although I’ll be physically moving, my heart will always be connected to OutCare and the work we do.”
The OutCare Foundation thanks Ian for his nearly two decades of support and is grateful for the legacy he leaves behind.