Our Staff


Candice Anderson

Candice Anderson

Managing Funeral Director / Embalmer

Candice moved to Vermilion in May 2013, along with her husband, Joshua, who is an electrical instructor with Lakeland College. Both were previous residents of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Candice was raised in a farming community in southern Alberta and welcomes the familiarity of traditions and heritage in the area. Vermilion has become her home and she embraces being a part of the community. She has involved herself with local groups such as The Good Life, Rotary Club, Walking Through Grief Society, and Habitat for Humanity.

Candice has dedicated herself to caring for families with compassion and respect. She is willing to go the extra step to help in any way possible and is grateful that she can assist in a time of need. She is dedicated to thoughtful and personalized service.

Candice and Josh spend most of their free time being active with sports and participating in community events. They also enjoy travelling and visiting with family and friends.

Email: candice@lakelandfuneralhome.ca


Jim Storch

Jim Storch

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Jim moved to the family farm, south of Mannville, in 1978 from Hanna, Alberta. He graduated from Lakeland College in 1990 with his Crops Major Diploma and married his best friend, Louise in 1992. They purchased their own farm in 1994.

His core strongholds surround his quiet faith, his family of four children, farming, and volunteering in our community. His faith is a strength that helps him day to day and provides him with the desire to help families in need.

As a Funeral Director/Embalmer, he is looking forward to the privilege of serving our community with honor, empathy, and respect.

An inspirational message that brought him to the industry is Ecclesiastes 3, which details "A Time for Everything." Jim feels that these verses are the epitome of farming and funeral directing.


Email: info@lakelandfuneralhome.ca


Sherry Martin

Sherry Martin

Apprentice Funeral Director

Sherry was born and raised in Islay. She attended high school in Vermilion and went on to Lakeland College, earning an Ag-Business Diploma.

Sherry worked throughout Alberta in the banking industry for ten years, was married in 1999 and moved back to Vermilion in 2011.

Sherry and her husband, Gerald, have two teenagers in the house. Along with her casual job at the hospital, Sherry keeps busy with her family and their activities which include lots of hours in the hockey arena, curling rink, and 4-H sheep club.

Sherry feels that this career choice is very rewarding.


Bethany Traber

Bethany Traber

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Bethany moved to Vermilion in January this year from Calgary, AB to work alongside her older sister, Candice Anderson. 

She has completed schooling at Mount Royal University for Condominium Management, as well as Petroleum Land Administration from SAIT, but has now made the change to join us as an apprenticing Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Bethany has spent many years in the service industry which has given her the know how in providing a helping hand through decision making processes. Her personal experiences, as well as her time spent working in a naturopath clinic, has given her a sense of empathy and understanding regarding grieving processes. She looks forward to growing in the community of Vermilion and comforting those in need.


Bill Poliakiwski

Bill Poliakiwski

Funeral Attendant

Bill is a long time resident of Vermilion. He was born and raised in the Myrnam / Pathfinder area and moved to Vermilion to commence work at a local hardware chain. During this time, he completed his accounting and retail management courses.

In 1972, he joined the staff at Lakeland College in the Financial Services / Purchasing / Fixed Asset Department. In 2001, he retired from the College and joined the staff of Lakeland Funeral Home in 2002.

Bill has been involved in many aspects of the funeral home operation. He operates with dignity and respect and feels privileged to assist during a time of sorrow.

Bill is married to Phyllis, with two married children and six granddaughters. He spends his spare time with family, helping on the family farms, playing in a country band and doing whatever needs to be done.


Colleen Berg

Colleen Berg

Funeral Attendant

Colleen was born in Duluth, Minnesota while her father was completing his Divinity degree in the United States. Her family returned to Canada just before she was a year old and her childhood years were spent in Regina, Edmonton, Hardisty and then back to Edmonton where she went on to University of Alberta to earn her Bachelor of Commerce degree. From there she entered a 38 year career in banking, her final 12 years as a Financial Advisor where she gained strong knowledge and experience in financial planning and handling estates.

Colleen moved to the Vermilion area in 1992, having accepted a transfer here with Scotiabank. She married her husband, Peter Berg in 1999 and became a step-mother of three amazing children, therefore she was no longer mobile with the bank and set down solid roots in the community.

She and her husband ranch south of Minburn, running a 250 head cow-calf operation along with help from the children in between their post-secondary schooling studies.

Colleen continues her volunteer activities in retirement that she enjoyed while working and now devotes more time towards her photography passion. Her other interests include her dogs and cats, quilting, golfing, writing, gardening and genealogy.

Colleen is honoured to be working with Lakeland Funeral Home and to be providing thoughtful and caring services to the community.


John Lawrence

John Lawrence

Funeral Attendant

John was born in Vermilion and grew up in the Clandonald area, where he still resides with his wife, Marlene. They raised four children, who are now all married and have blessed the family with five grandchildren.

John, with his brother Art, ran a mixed farming operation. During this time, he was involved with various community activities, as well as a delegate for Alberta Wheat Pool for fourteen years. When he retired from farming, he began working with Lakeland Funeral Home for nine years.

There was a period of time, due to health reasons, that John took a leave of absence. However, he fortunately rejoined our staff in 2013 and continues to help the people of the area. He finds this to be a very rewarding experience and takes comfort in knowing that he is helping people through a difficult time in their lives.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gardening and camping. Come spring and fall, he can be found in the fields again, helping a friend. John and Marlene love to travel and take trips whenever possible.


Mike Schalin

Mike Schalin

Funeral Attendant

Mike grew up in North Vancouver, BC and after a short stint in Regina, moved to Alberta and has called it home since 2003.

Mike came to Vermilion in 2005 as a Pastoral Apprentice at Parkview Alliance Church, and it was there that he met his wife Cara. Once he finished his bachelor’s degree at Ambrose University, a door opened for Mike and Cara to return to Vermilion to join the staff of Parkview Alliance Church, where Mike served as the Youth Pastor for 8.5 years. During that time Mike and Cara’s family expanded to include three awesome kids, which they are blessed to raise in such a great community surrounded by family and friends.

In June 2015, Mike and Cara felt the time was right to make a transition and finished up their time at Parkview. These days, Mike is on a journey to discover what great opportunities might be ahead for his family, and one of those exciting opportunities has been to join the team at Lakeland Funeral Home.


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