Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.

Doug Friesen, Owner & Managing Director

Eunice Friesen, Business Development

Jennifer Greentree, Funeral Director

Jack O'Toole, Pre-Arrangement Advisor

Heather Gallagher-Rowe, Administrative Lead

Kristi Heck - Office Administrator Fairview

Petey the Dog



Doug Friesen, Owner & Managing Director

Born and raised in Grande Prairie, Doug has committed his life to working in and owning local businesses as he and his wife Eunice raised their family. Doug worked in the printing industry for a number of years before owning and operating his own service businesses. With his gentle manner and family-centered approach, Doug has developed excellent and trusting relationships within our community. After selling his food-service business in 2008, Doug sought a career change that would allow him to use his talents to make a positive and lasting impact on those he serves. He found his calling in funeral service.Take a moment to speak with Doug and you’ll notice how genuine and passionate he is about making a true difference for families as they make final decisions about a loved one. Doug is dedicated to providing families with options that suit their needs while honouring the life of their loved one in a unique and meaningful way.

Doug and Eunice opened Bear Creek Funeral Home in 2012 with the vision of caring for each as our own in every aspect of care. Have a look at “what our families have said” and you will see that they are achieving exactly what they set out to do. Active memberships include: Estate and Financial Planning Institute,Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board, and Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Doug serves residents of the city of Grande Prairie as a member of the Community Enhancement Advisory Committee.




Eunice Friesen, Business Development

Eunice grew up in Calgary and moved with her parents to the Peace Country during high school and graduated from Grande Prairie Regional College Nursing Program in 1988. She worked in several areas over her 25-year career, including serving as executive director for a provincial health care initiative until her retirement from nursing in 2013. In 2016, Eunice was appointed by the Minister of Human Services to serve as an appeal panel member for Alberta Northwest and enjoys traveling and meeting residents from all around the Peace County.

Eunice’s service and caregiving background together with Doug’s has provided an exceptional foundation for their partnership in Bear Creek Funeral Home.  Eunice has been elected as a Director of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. Eunice also serves as a Director on the Vice-Chair on Board of the Volunteer Services Bureau and Chair of the Revolution Place Advisory Board on behalf of the City of Grande Prairie. In 2012, Eunice received the Jennie Tetreau Award for long-term volunteer service with Grande Prairie Live Theatre. 

Doug and Eunice have three children, twin girls Blythe (married to Alex Rigler) and Emilee, and son Jackson. Like Doug, Emilee is a graduate of Mount Royal University Funeral Service Education and is a gifted restorative artist living in Calgary. Blythe and Alex live and work in Banff, and Jackson is studying music at the University of Lethbridge.


Jennifer Greentree, Funeral Director

Jennifer has worked in many customer service lines of work before her passion for meaningful service to others brought her to Bear Creek Funeral Home. Jennifer obtained her Funeral Directors Licence through Mount Royal University in August 2015, and she is currently studying Embalming. Jennifer’s eye for detail and design is always appreciated by families who spend time with her as they select a meaningful monument for their loved one. Born and raised in Ontario, Jennifer is married to Brad Wornstaff and now calls Grande Prairie home. Her ability to connect to the unique needs of each family is a true gift.

Jennifer was a founding member of Northern Networks Business Networking International in Grande Prairie and served as an appointed member of the Funeral Education Review Committee at the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board in 2016.





Jack O'Toole, Pre-Arrangement Advisor

Jack was born and raised in Grande Prairie, and has contributed a great deal over the years to the city and surrounding area. For 20 years, he owned and operated an auto body repair shop in Beaverlodge, and served as a County Councillor for 12 years in the Dimsdale/Wembley area.  Most recently Jack was working in the oilfield industry. An abiding interest in funeral services led him to consider pursuing a licence in pre-arrangement counselling and he looks forward to helping people plan for their future.

Jack and his wife, Rita, have three children and three grandchildren. In his leisure time he enjoys traveling and restoring classic cars.






Heather Gallagher-Rowe, Administrative Lead

Although she did not grow up in the area (being a transplanted Nova Scotian) Heather has, for the past 4 decades, made Grande Prairie her home. During this time she has made many lifelong friends and is very familiar with Grande Prairie and the surrounding areas that are served by Bear Creek Funeral Home.

Her past professional experience has been primarily with not-for-profit agencies in the city, including over 10 years as a Crisis Counsellor. This experience,  coupled with her own deep personal grief over the loss of loved ones, gives her both a sincere compassion for  and genuine desire to assist others who are grieving.

Heather’s attention to detail helps to ensure that every behind-the-scenes element is completed and ready for a funeral service.

Heather embodies Bear Creek Funeral Home’s guiding principle of “caring for each as our own”.



Kristi Heck - Fairview

Kristi was raised in Fairview, and has always been at home in the Peace Country.  She was an active 4-H member for years and excelled in public speaking.  After high school, her path led her to Grande Prairie to attend Northern Lights Academy of Cosmetology.  Upon completion, she returned to her home town and opened her own salon in 2007. Some of her favourite clients were those she met as she branched out and offered her services to residents in local lodges and nursing homes.

She always had an interest in funeral services, and it was reawakened in 2013 with the passing away of Kristi’s most treasured friend, her Grandmother. She closed her shop and had the opportunity to focus on her family for a while before pursuing a career as a funeral director.  Kristi will be studying to obtain Funeral Directors licence through Mount Royal University while she serves families at Bear Creek Funeral Home Fairview.

Kristi and her partner Chris have four busy boys who have a love for playing hockey and the outdoors. They spend many hours together pursuing some of the favourite pastimes of the Peace Country.



Petey the Dog

Petey is a Staffordshire Terrier mix who joined the family at Bear Creek Funeral Home in June, 2015.  Doug and Eunice found Petey in a shelter, and he immediately demonstrated the qualities they were looking for in a dog who would be called upon to provide comfort for anyone who needs it. Petey is a calm, welcoming presence for families and individuals.