Team

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.

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.

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.

Deanna Shioshvili

Deanna Shioshvili

Office Administrator

Deanna was born and raised in Vernon, BC. After high-school she attended University of Victoria and BCIT taking science based programs. She then changed her career path and took the Administrative Assistant program at Okanagan College. Joining the Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services® team in late 2016, Deanna is very fortunate to have a career she is excited to go to every day, and is grateful that she can help make a difficult time in someone’s life less stressful. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and living an active lifestyle in the Okanagan.

Teressa Thompson

Teressa Thompson

Funeral Attendant

Teressa moved to the Okanagan 24 years ago, a perfect place to enjoy her love of golf and hiking, with her 3 children. During her early years in Salmon Arm, she received her Government Certified Goldsmith license and worked for 10 years in a jewellery store. After leaving the jewellery business, Teressa met and married Wayne Kyle and has worked with him at Alternatives® for the past 10 years. She enjoys working with and helping families through difficult times.

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.

David Jones

David Jones

Funeral Attendant

David was born in Nelson, BC in 1952.  Upon graduating from university in 1975 he began a career in teaching.  For the next 32 years he taught at the elementary grade level in Nelson, Grand Forks and Armstrong, BC.

A NCCP 2 coach for hockey and baseball he coached for 10 sessions- Greater Vernon Minor Hockey and Vernon Minor Baseball.

After experiencing the death of his parents he felt the call to assist and support those individuals who are grieving the loss of a family member or a loved one.  In July 2007 he commenced work with Thompson Funeral Service in Nelson, BC.  He continues work as a funeral attendant with Thompson Funeral Service when in Nelson during the summer months.  More recently he has joined the Alternatives team working in Vernon and Armstrong.

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®.