Consumer Protection BC has issued administrative penalties and compliance orders against nine funeral directors and/or embalmers for:

  • Failing to complete the required education/training, contrary to section 38(1)(a)(b) of the Cremation Interment and Funeral Services Regulation, which requires funeral directors and embalmers to complete the following training every two years once licensed:
    • (a) 6 hours of training in a program of funeral services that is approved by the director, if licensed as a funeral director, and
    • (b) 6 hours of training in a program of embalming that is approved by the director, if licensed as an embalmer

The eight funeral directors and embalmers subject to enforcement action are:

1. Zoe Johanna Ehrenholz

2. Joseph James Flannery

3. Brett Gordon Hamilton

4. Christopher Lee Hooper

5. Ronald Lloyd Larose

6. Sara Kathleen Lawson

7. Sandra-Leigh Regier

8. Gwendolen Anne Ziprick

The embalmer subject to enforcement action is:

9. Lorianne Elizabeth Huggan

Each individual has also been ordered to meet the education and training requirements for the previous two year period. The order also required each individual to reimburse Consumer Protection BC for partial costs for the inspections in the amount of $150 within 30 days.

By law, the individuals have 30 days to request a reconsideration of the decision.

All money received from administrative penalties is deposited into the Consumer Advancement Fund (as required by section 169 of the BPCPA).

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