Team

Jaron J. Chasca

Jaron J. Chasca

Manager and Funeral Director of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services

Jaron J. Chasca, a licensed funeral director with Personal Alternative® Funeral Services, has over 20 years in the funeral profession, which began as a 16 year old funeral attendant in Calgary, Alberta.

Jaron then moved to Cranbrook, BC to work in his family’s funeral home and complete his apprenticeship.  After completing a two year apprenticeship, Jaron received his Certificate of Apprenticeship and Certificate of Trade Qualification for Funeral Directing and Embalming and is licensed in the Province of British Columbia.

As a second generation funeral director, Jaron has re-joined the family business with Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services in Vernon and Armstrong and is excited to bring his knowledge, experience and especially his passion for serving bereaved families in the Okanagan.

Douglas Wayne Kyle

Douglas Wayne Kyle

Active Partner of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services

Wayne began his career in funeral service in Brandon, Manitoba before moving to British Columbia in 1972, and to Vernon in 1973. Kyle purchased a funeral home in Armstrong in 1977 and operated the firm for 13 years.

Wayne established Personal Alternative® Funeral Services in Vernon and Armstrong in 2003.

Wayne has a son Ryan and a daughter Melanie who are both grown. Kyle has always been active in community events and in his spare-time enjoys the water, mountain biking, hiking and skiing.

Ron LaRose

Ron LaRose

Licensed Funeral Director

Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services® is very pleased to announce that Ron LaRose has joined their team. Ron is a long-time Licensed Funeral Director that has served in Vernon and surrounding areas for many years. Ron is very passionate about funeral service and his need to help families in a very difficult time.

Brittnie Olsen

Brittnie Olsen

Apprenticing Funeral Director

Brittnie grew up in Kamloops, B.C. After graduation, she moved to the U.S.A and attended Ashworth University in Norcross, Georgia where she graduated with her Forensic Science Diploma. She then took some time to travel and after a few great adventures, returned home to Canada where she then lost her father in a tragic incident, and this is when she felt called to the funeral profession.

Brittnie started her career in funeral service in Kamloops and later joined the Alternatives® team in Vernon and Armstrong in 2011 where she is currently completing her apprenticeship to become a fully licensed Funeral Director. Brittnie is a very compassionate and caring individual and has a great deal to offer the families we serve.

Duane Dennis

Duane Dennis

Funeral Attendant

Duane grew up in Vernon where he graduated and pursued his hockey career, playing for the Vernon Lakers (now the Vernon Vipers) and winning the national championship.  He then went to university in Halifax before going overseas to play hockey on a professional level.  Duane has found himself back in Vernon where he and his wife Susan are raising their two daughters.  He joined the Alternatives® team in 2010 as a Funeral attendant, and continues to assist with the families they serve.  With his kind and compassionate demeanor, Duane is a strong part of the Alternatives® team and their roll in the community.

Larry Stoward

Larry Stoward

Funeral Attendant

Larry joined Alternatives® Funeral & Cremation Services in Airdrie and Red deer, before he and his wife Sandy moved back to the Okanagan and continued to be a part of the Alternatives® team.  Larry grew up in the Enderby/Armstrong area and has some long family roots in the community.  Larry’s deep roots and kind ways makes him a perfect fit on the Alternatives® team and in helping the community we serve. 

Larry and Sandy continue to be active member of both the Vernon and Enderby Royal Canadian Legions.

Marion Heath

Marion Heath

Office Administrator

For the past 35 years Marion has lived in Vernon having previously worked with her husband in their family business.  With her background in education and in business she knows many people in the area.  For the last six years, Marion has worked with the Alternatives Funeral Home. She has a compassion for people and always wants to serve the families.

Renee Wohl

Renee Wohl

Office Administrator

Renee was raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and after graduating high school moved to Edmonton, Alberta. After meeting her husband and beginning a family, they decided to move further west.

It’s a natural curiosity to wonder how someone decides to choose the funeral profession as a career. Renee says, “Losing loved ones of her own at a young age gave me perspective that funerals or celebrations are tributes and an extremely valuable part of the grieving process. Understanding this has inspired me to pursue a career offering that help and support to families through their times of tragedy and loss.”

Soon after the death of her father, Renee joined Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services® in Vernon and Armstrong, BC.

“I am very excited to be a part of the team at Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services® where I feel that my personal and professional experience with loss will help me provide the kindness and compassion that people deserve at the time of a death”.

In her free time Renee takes advantage of the beautiful Okanagan weather where she spends her spare time at the beaches with her daughter. Renee also enjoys hiking in the outback with her dog, and in the winter you’ll find her at the rink strapping on a pair of skates or up in the mountains snowshoeing.

James Chapman

James Chapman

Community Care and Advance Planning Services

James became a member of the clergy in 1987 serving two parishes in rural Saskatchewan. From time to time he would be requested by a grieving family to accompany them to the funeral home in their time of loss. It was there James witnessed first-hand the stress they faced having to make many immediate decisions regarding the deceased final arrangements. Financial responsibilities only added to the burden.

On one occasion however, the funeral director sat down with the gathered family, and carefully opened a file he had placed in front of them. Inside, were all the necessary documents, a signed detailed funeral arrangement, and receipt indicating the all expenses had been paid. As you can imagine, the atmosphere in the room changed dramatically.

That event produced a lasting impression on James, eventually leading him into what he does at present - assisting families organize their final wishes in advance. It is a service he especially feels passionate about having recently beat the cancer bug twice.

He is now very pleased to be serving you in the greater Vernon and Armstrong areas with Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services®.