Our staff has over 30 years combined funeral experience in different areas of the funeral industry. We have worked in funeral homes, cemeteries, management and in independent business. Serving different cultures and religions gives Raincoast Funeral and Cremation Services an advantage, allowing us to guide you to make the best decisions for you and your loved one.
Michelle J. Vizena
Co-Owner, Principal, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Michelle started her path to become a Funeral Director in 2002 when she was hired to work in a cemetery in Ottawa where she grew up. This started the base of her knowledge in Funeral Services and it grew from there. Exploring a career in the funeral industry lead her to study at Humber College in Toronto, where she received a diploma in Funeral Services Education and then receiving her full Funeral Director Licence in Ontario in 2006.
After working for a family owned Funeral Home in Ottawa for 3 years, she moved back to her home province of British Columbia in 2008. Michelle obtained a BC Funeral Director & Embalmer Licence in 2012 after a career pause and having her son. She worked steadily for a family owned funeral home in the Lower Mainland from 2011 to 2017, gaining experience in Chinese Traditional Services and rituals, Catholic Traditional Services and rituals and many other ethnic, religious and non-religious services.
Michelle decided it was time for a different journey in her career and partnered with Herb McDowall, to create Raincoast Funeral and Cremation Services in February 2017.
Family is very important to Michelle and each person that walks through her doors is treated as such! She is a very proud mom to her son, Lucas and dog-mom to Sushi and a proud parishioner in her church family of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in South Surrey.
Co-Owner & Principal
Herb has 14 years of experience in the funeral, cemetery and monument business. Prior to this he worked as a manager in the financial services industry for eighteen years. Herb founded Raincoast Memorials in 2008 and after 9 years of establishing a successful monument and casket supply company, created Raincoast Funeral and Cremation services as a result of our customer requests. Michelle was the perfect business partner for Raincoast Funeral and Cremation Services Ltd., because of her high ethics and her belief in providing families with services at reasonable prices.
Accounting & Administration
Quynh was hired in March 2017 (Raincoast Memorials) after our company provided merchandise to a friend with funeral needs. She is very honest and an analytical person that enjoys doing what’s best for our families. Quynh speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Part-time Delivery, Office & Warehouse
Leslie has worked with Herb since 2011 in different capacities, including sales, monument production and assembly as well as delivering caskets. His young at heart nature and positive attitude make him a pleasure to work with.
Family Service, Monument Design, Aftercare and Translator
Kit has over 25 years of experience in the funeral service industry and has expertise in the Chinese funeral rituals in many religions, including Buddhist, Catholic and other denominations of Christianity. She has worked as an intendent monument consultant with Raincoast Memorials since 2011. Kit brings a lot of knowledge and depth to Raincoast. She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin which gives families peace of mind during such a difficult time.
Family Service, Monument Design & Aftercare
Carol has worked as an independent Pre-Need and Aftercare specialist with Herb and Michelle for many years. Carol also has many years of experience designing monuments and advance planning funerals and cemeteries.