Our directors and staff are available at all times, before, during and after the funeral to support your needs.
Alexandra Butts – Licensed Funeral Director
Alexandra Butts was born in Kitchener, Ontario and relocated as a child to Vancouver, BC. She graduated from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in 2017.
Over the last 7 years, Ali has been honoured to serve many families throughout the West Kootenays. When she isn’t working you can find her spending time with her husband and daughter, hiking with her dogs, or curled up with coffee and a good book.
Janet Skaarup – Licensed Funeral Director
Janet joined our team in 2020, coming to us from northern British Columbia. She started her service in the funeral profession nearly 20 years ago in Prince George where she spent most of her life. Excited to now say she is from the Kootenays; Janet is thoroughly enjoying working with families and co-workers from her new community. She and her husband, who is also a colleague, continually say to one another, ‘We live here!’, as they enjoy all that the Kootenays has to offer. Joining the Trail Kinsmen Club is quickly expanding the number of locals she is getting to know and who she considers to be her friends. This team member is immensely proud of her two adult children. Happily, her daughter and son in law are now living in the West Kootenays. Janet’s son is living and working in Alberta. She misses him terribly, but that’s what vacation time is for.
Zachary Schmidt – Apprentice Funeral Director
Raised in Kimberley BC where he spent the majority of his teenage and young adult life. After moving to Nelson He met and later married his amazing and supportive wife. In 1997, he started his career in the funeral service profession, something he finds rewarding, aiding his community in dark times.
Brenna Ekstrand – Office Administrator
Brenna was born and raised in Saskatchewan, growing up in Regina and area, but living in various rural communities for the last 25 years. She has many years’ experience in the Social Services field and is new to the funeral industry. Her and her husband, Craig have three adult children, living in two different provinces. She is an active member of Kin Canada since 2007 and has served on various non-profit boards, including the Kinsmen TeleMiracle Foundation Board. Her and her family enjoy spending time outside, kayaking and exploring the area with their dog. They are looking forward to making the Kootenays their forever home.
James & Barb MacKay – Advance Planning Representatives
James & Barb MacKay serve as Castlegar Funeral Chapel’s Advance Planning Representatives. James & Barb specialize in meeting families to present the importance and value of making final arrangements in advance of need.
They both know how planning ahead saves families the stress of making final arrangements after a death has occurred, both emotionally & financially.
James & Barb MacKay are long time residents of the West Kootenay region and have lived in both Nelson and Castlegar with their two children. They both enjoy all the amenities the West Kootenays offer including winter sports such as curling and skiing; and in the summer months, spending time at our region’s beautiful lakes boating and waterskiing.