UPDATE: The article previously stated that Hedges was at an anti-vaccine protest, which was incorrect. The protest was against the B.C. vaccine passport.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The executive director of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, Niki Hedges, has resigned following her appearance at an anti-vaccine passport protest.
The announcement of Hedges’ decision was published on the Foundation’s website, stating her resignation has been received and accepted.
“We express our deep gratitude for her many accomplishments and passionate commitment to the Foundation and our valued donors and community stakeholders,’ reads the statement on the Foundation’s website.
“We wish her the best in her future endeavors and hope the road before her is fulfilling. Going forward, our energy will be invested in continuing to build a stronger, resilient community and valued partnerships.”
Recently, a former Fort St. John doctor and his wife sent a letter to the board pushing for Hedges’ resignation after she was seen at a protest against BC’s vaccine passport outside city hall on September 13th.
“We felt the foundation should be aware of this, as someone who’s an executive director, you have a fiduciary duty to uphold the mission, vision and values of the organization to represent,” said Dr. Paul Mackey in the letter.
Hedges took over the role of executive director of the Foundation in June 2018, after serving as the community development and campaign officer with the United Way of Northern B.C. for seven years.
During her time with the Foundation, Hedges helped to raise millions of dollars with various fundraisers.