Team

William G.(Bill) Clark

William G.(Bill) Clark

Licensed Funeral Director

Bill was born in Trail, BC April 4, 1965 to Isabel and W.G. (Bill) Clark.  Coming from a long line of funeral directors, Bill is a fourth generation funeral director serving the community of Trail. Bill’s great grandfather William G. Clark, a cabinet maker, established Clark and Binn’s Undertakers in 1898, Trail, and today Bill Jr. is the managing partner of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services®, Trail.  Bill has a loving partner, Karlie and two sons, Adam and Nathan.  He enjoys the outdoors including hunting, motorcycling, golf, skiing and time spent at Christina Lake.  Bill has served as President of the Trail Rotary Club, Greater Trail Retirement Housing Society and Christina Sands Estates Society as well as serving on numerous other community boards and clubs. He is currently Chair of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and Health Foundation, and a past Director of the Funeral Service Association of BC and Birchbank Golf Course.

Alexander (Al) Grywacheski

Alexander (Al) Grywacheski

Licensed Funeral Director

Al Grywacheski was born and raised in Canora, Saskatchewan. He apprenticed with Oneschuk Funeral home in Canora, Saskatchewan, obtaining his embalming and funeral director’s license, in 1993. Al, with his wife Cindy and their two children, moved to Trail in 1994 and he is pleased to be part of the Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services® team.  Al is an avid hockey fan, proud grandfather and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Al is committed to providing the best possible funeral service to each family he serves.

Gwen Ziprick

Gwen Ziprick

Licensed Funeral Director

Gwen Ziprick was born in Toronto, Ontario and later moved to the west coast to enjoy an outdoor oriented lifestyle.  After many life changing events she began her funeral services career in Vancouver, BC in 2007.  She and husband D’Arcy moved to Rossland in late 2011 to further their desire for a non-city lifestyle.  They enjoy skiing, mountain biking, running and spending time with their pets and gardens on their property.  They have 3 adult children; a son in the military and two daughters who also reside in Rossland.

Gwen feels blessed to have found the vocation of Funeral Directing, and particularly loves her role of Funeral Celebrant when given the opportunity.  She is an active Board member for both the Greater Trail Hospice and the Rossland Winter Carnival.    

Jordan Wren

Jordan Wren

Licensed Funeral Director

Jordan Wren was born in “The Heart of the Ottawa Valley” (Pembrooke, Ontario).  Jordan began his funeral apprenticeship in Toronto, Ontario in 2004.  After obtaining his license in 2005 he took his passion for serving families to the Ottawa, Ontario area.

Being an avid mountain biker and back country enthusiast is what brought Jordan to the Kootenay area in 2012.  He now lovingly calls Warfield home with his partner Ashley, 3 children and rescue dog.

Jordan takes great pride in his career as a Funeral Director, as well as being an active member of Rossland Search and Rescue. 

Tracy Wicentowich

Tracy Wicentowich

Office Manager

Tracy Wicentowich was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. After choosing to stay at home and raise her 2 children, she returned to school at the College of New Caledonia. She graduated with an Applied Business Technology Certificate.

Craving the small town life, Tracy returned to Trail in 2008. She, along with partner Rob and their 4 children, reside in Warfield. Tracy enjoys gardening as well as weekend family camping trips in their newly acquired trailer.

Tracy has been a valuable member of the Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services® team since 2011.

Alexandra Butts

Alexandra Butts

Alexandra Butts was born in Kitchener, Ontario and relocated as a child to Vancouver, BC. After graduating high school she moved to Alberta to follow a career in Animal Behavior.

Missing her family, and wanting to pursue a career in Funeral Service, Alexandra, along with her Albertan rescue dog Dax, moved to the West Kootenay area. She enjoys reading, hiking and four wheeling with her partner Glen and second rescue dog Boomer.

Alexandra feels honored to be given the opportunity to apprentice with Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services®, and will be enrolling in the Apprenticeship Program in September 2015.

Holly Pender-Love

Holly Pender-Love

Certified Pre-Arrangement Counsellor

Holly has been our Certified Pre-Arrangement Counsellor (CPC designation) in the West Kootenays since 2011.  Holly travels throughout the region to meet families in Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Nakusp and as far west as Grand Forks.

Always a “people person”, Holly has a B.Ed (elem) from UBC, has taught school and some college extension courses, was a realtor in both Calgary and Edmonton and even served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Administration Officer.

Holly became involved in Pre-Arrangements when she purchased her own plan some years ago.  She believes strongly in supporting the family by making financial arrangements and end of life plans long before a death occurs.

She is available to speak publically in the West Kootenays regarding Advance Planning & Pre-Arrangements and the options offered, such as the World Wide Travel Plan & the Identity Theft Restoration Program, as well as help for your executor with Final Document Services.