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School District No. 69 (Qualicum) – Health & Wellness Coordinator

School District No. 69 (Qualicum)

Health & Wellness Coordinator

(.50 FTE)


Under the direction of the Director of Human Resources, and working collaboratively with employees, management, unions, health care professionals, and others, the Health & Wellness Coordinator performs a variety of tasks to support the recovery and wellbeing of employees returning to work or remaining at work.

The Health & Wellness Coordinator develops and implements return to work plans and wellness programs across the District; determines appropriate accommodations; actively participates in disability management and workers’ compensation case management; assists employees and their supervisors with attendance support programs; manages confidential employee information; and ensures that the District meets its legal obligations in these areas.


Details of Functions:

  • Advise and assist senior management and other persons involved in planning, controlling and maintaining a healthy work environment in the areas of: employee wellness, disability management, accommodation, workers’ compensation, return to work, and attendance support ensuring that the District acts in accordance with applicable legislation.
  • Develop, implement, and promote comprehensive health and wellness programs across the District and create awareness through for example email, newsletters, lunch and learns, brochures/posters or promotional events.
  • Responsible for disability, return to work, accommodation, and workers’ compensation processes/meetings for the District.
  • Ensure orientation/training is provided to employees on health and safety procedures and policies.
  • Review and update related policies/procedures in the District, as required.
  • Attend/consult with the District’s Joint Health & Safety Committee and other related committees to collect and aggregate data/information in order to identify health and safety trends or issues in the workplace and take steps to remedy any risks.
  • Develop and deliver educational workshops and seminars related to health and wellness to a variety of District staff.
  • Effectively support employee attendance across the District.
  • Facilitate formal attendance support meetings and develop attendance action plans with employees and their supervisor(s). Participate in attendance meetings, as required.
  • Effectively manage sensitive personal medical information to ensure confidentiality, including ensuring appropriate policies/procedures are in place and kept up-to-date for the handling of this information, and staff and others with access to this information is properly trained.
  • Liaise with a variety of District staff, health providers and other outside resources/agencies as required.
  • Act as resource for Principals, Vice-Principals and Supervisors who need additional support.
  • Provide information to staff and ensure information on the District’s Portal is maintained.
  • Conduct ergonomic assessments within the District, as required.
  • Organize and oversee health clinics, such as influenza immunizations for staff.
  • Review and prepare statistical and other reports for appropriate action as required.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.



  • Degree or diploma in Disability Management, Health Care or related discipline; supplemented by a minimum of three years of related experience in a unionized environment, preferably in a public sector environment and/or equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
  • Considerable knowledge of related legislation and regulations in the workplace;
  • Professional designation in disability management is an asset;
  • Certification as a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist is an asset;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent decision making and problem solving skills;
  • Proficient in Microsoft suite applications and general aptitude with business software and information systems;
  • Ability to mediate, negotiate and resolve conflict;
  • Ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


For further information please contact or submit a complete application package via on-line no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday October 6, 2017 to:

JoAnne Shepherd – Director of Human Resources
School District No. 69 (Qualicum)
PO Box 430, 100 Jensen Avenue East
Parksville, BC  V9P 2G5
Telephone (250) 954-4678  FAX (250) 954-1259


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Manager, Public Health – BC Centre for Disease Control

Manager, Public Health

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

Reference # 61520

Regular Full Time

Vancouver, BC


The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention and consultation and provides both direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with disease of public health importance.

The BCCDC is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include:

Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose


Manager, Public Health


Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer or designate, and in co-management with the Medical Director and/or other medical leads, the Manager, Public Health Services is responsible for the effective and efficient management of public health services within a service line or program area at BCCDC. Responsibilities include managing and directing staff, budget development and oversight, and implementation of operational plans. The manager is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the operations management, utilization and risk management, and quality improvement of the BCCDC. The manager provides leadership and promotes the philosophy and goals of the organization by applying and evaluating standards, policies, practices, and procedures to the assigned areas, and creates and promotes a practice environment that supports opportunities for research, learning & teaching for students and staff. The manager ensures the provision of an interprofessional work environment and care through the maintenance of working relationships and liaison with nursing leadership positions.


Example of Duties/Accountabilities

  • Develops strategic priorities and coordinates operational planning and implementation for public health services in conjunction with the medical heads and medical director. Communicates PHSA and BCCDC vision, values and strategic direction and ensures integration into practice by interdisciplinary team members.
  • Provides overall leadership and direction for team members using effective management techniques (e.g., coaching, mentoring, skill and leadership development, decision making, coalition building and performance management) that support the achievement of required outcomes. Manages and supervises staff.
  • Manages service area operations by coordinating and establishing priorities, assessing and monitoring staffing requirements and supplies. Defines an effective workforce plan in collaboration with key partners and stakeholders that ensures the availability of adequate & appropriate staff according to operational demands and environmental and resource constraints.
  • Develops effective and efficient practices and processes to measure the use of resources and quality of care. Prepares an operating budget, monitors variances and uses best practice methods in reporting, monitoring and managing allocated budget. Coordinates contract management as required.
  • Leads, in collaboration with physicians & professional practice leaders, the identification of evidence based outcomes, the development of quality indicators and/or care pathways, ensures compliance with accreditation standards, and coordinates or participates in quality improvement activities such as the integration of BCCDC’s Ethical Framework, Triple Aim and Lean into public health. Seeks to include client and stakeholder input and engagement with program planning, implementation and/or evaluation as appropriate.



A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in public health, Nursing or a healthcare related degree from an accredited University, plus a minimum of five (5) years recent related public health clinical experience that includes two (2) years working in a managerial/leadership capacity.

Proven leadership ability, with communication and interpersonal skills conducive to interacting in a multidisciplinary environment and ability to relate easily to a variety of people from diverse backgrounds. Self-directed and highly motivated. Demonstrated ability to lead teams and to promote teamwork. Demonstrated self-evaluation and growth using a framework of leadership competencies. Critical thinking skills and proven ability to effectively manage human and fiscal resources. Demonstrated understanding and experience of quality assurance process, operational planning and program development. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects. Demonstrated basic computer literacy with word processing, spreadsheet and/or database programs and ability to utilize a computerized patient care information system.


We invite you to apply by clicking on the link below, then on the “Apply Now” button where you can register for the first time or enter your Username and Password in order to re-access your profile on our system.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

For more information please contact Linda Hand, Lead Talent Acquisition at (604) 875-7216 or email

For more information on all that the PHSA has to offer, please visit

For more information about the BC Centre for Disease Control, please visit


PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Welcome Ida Holland-Letz: Student Intern at the Public Health Association of BC

Welcome to the PHABC Team

Ida Holland-Letz

Student Intern



PHABC’s office coordinator, Christina (left), and student intern, Ida (right)



The Public Health Association of BC is pleased to introduce, Ida Holland-Letz, who will be interning for PHABC until the end of January 2018. Ida is a 3rd year student of public health hailing from Germany; born in Cologne and currently living in Bremen, just outside of Hamburg. Her bachelor’s degree will be supplemented by her internship with PHABC and provide her with the opportunity to gain practical knowledge, a greater understanding of public health, and network with public health and health professionals across the province.


Ida Holland-Letz is incredibly interested in public health, especially in the topics of health prevention and promotion. This interest grew after she completed her high school education and traveled to India as a volunteer English teacher for 11 months. Through this volunteer service and her subsequent work in a refugee centre back home in Germany, she gained extensive experience working with disadvantaged people and navigating intercultural and social interactions with care and compassion. Ida Holland-Letz looking forward to using her growing skill set to help fulfill PHABC’s vision of a healthy and accessible British Columbia for all.


Throughout her internship Ida will be given the opportunity to provide support to PHABC in a myriad of ways and will work closely with the executive director, office coordinator, various project managers, contractors and partner organizations across the province. We hope to impart with Ida a keen understanding of all aspects of public health over the next six months.


If you see her at this year’s conference (November 16th & 17th, 2017 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver) be sure to introduce yourself and welcome her to Canada!

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council – Community Health Nurse

Community Health Nurse

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council


The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) is seeking a part-time (0.6) Registered Nurse to provide a full continuum of Community Health Nursing services to individuals in a variety of community-based settings in NTC’s Southern Region territory. Our Nursing services follow the Nuu-chah-nulth Nursing framework that ensures culturally safe, relational, reflective and trauma informed Nursing Practice. This position is based out of Port Alberni.


Responsibilities will also include:

  • Provide comprehensive health care with an emphasis on healthy living, illness prevention, health education, chronic disease management, and clinical intervention
  • Establish and maintain community partnerships to help address health issues, reduce the incidence of disease, and to enhance the health of individuals, families groups and general populations


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current RN license with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC)
  • CRNBC Certification in Sexually Transmitted Infection Management is an asset
  • Familiarity with Panorama, Mustimuhw cEMR, or other related electronic medical record charting system will be considered an asset
  • Experience working with First Nations will be considered an asset
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, and be prepared to travel within the region
  • Provide acceptable references and criminal record check


The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary, benefits package (including 2 weeks paid winter break, supplemental vacation after 5 years and reimbursement of nursing licensing fees), self-directed professional development, regular in-services, and subsidized travel.

Further questions can be directed to Robyn Clarke, Community Health Nurse Clinical Leader
Telephone: (250) 724-5757.


Open until filled. Apply by sending your cover letter, resume and 3 references (available to contact) to:

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
P.O. Box 1383
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2
Attn.: Human Resource Manager
Fax: (250) 723-0463

(We regret that we will only respond to those applicants chosen for an interview)

Safe Communities Prevent Violence with Compassion – By Dr. Trevor Hancock

The Public Health Association of British Columbia is a proud partner to POVC (Prevention of Violence Canada) and would like to share their latest blog post, written by Dr. Trevor Hancock. His article highlights world renowned criminologist and violence prevention advocate Irvin Waller’s compassionate community safety approach to violence prevention.


Safe Communities Prevent Violence with Compassion

Dr. Trevor Hancock

21 August 2017


Safety means different things to different people. In Europe, the Safe Communities movement has mainly focused on preventing unintentional injury (so-called ‘accidents’). But in the USA, and to a large degree in Canada, it has focused more on prevention of intentional injury, even though this is much less common than unintentional injury.

There are two main forms of intentional injury; deliberate injury to oneself (suicide and attempted suicide) and deliberate injury of others (homicide and assault); the latter are often what people have in mind when they think about a Safe Community, although homicide and assault are much less common than suicide and attempted suicide.
A 2015 report from the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) found that between 2010 and 2014 suicide accounted for almost one quarter of all injury deaths in BC, while homicide represented only 2 percent. Similarly, while attempted suicide and self-abuse accounted for 5.5 percent of hospitalisation for injury assault was just 2.7 percent.

The BCIRPU also reported that unintentional injury resulted in more than 1,400 deaths, 30,000 hospitalisations and 435,000 ER visits in 2010, while intentional injury accounted for over 560 deaths (over 500 were from suicide) but only 4,000 hospitalisations and 17,000 ER visits. Nonetheless, the total costs of violence in BC that year was $157 million, including $84 million in health care costs.

But the health impact of violence does not come from just physical assault and injury, it includes mental and emotional harm, and the costs are not just in health care but in emotional trauma and disrupted lives and communities, effects that can last decades, lifetimes, even generations. Violence can take many forms, including bullying, harassment, abuse and neglect, and can occur in many settings and affect many groups, but several categories stand out.

First comes domestic violence, which includes child and elder abuse and neglect as well as spousal/intimate partner violence. Harassment, bullying and sometimes violence is found among young people in schools and among adults in workplaces, while elder abuse and neglect can be seen in care facilities. Finally, there is violence in the community, everything from on-line abuse and harassment to road rage, sexual assault and random or targeted assaults, including racist and Islamophobic violence and abuse.
In all these settings, certain groups are more vulnerable and/or more targeted, including women, children, the elderly, Indigenous people, LGBTQ people and various ethno-racial or religious groups – and clearly, people can be members of several of these groups. But what this tells us is that much violence is deeply rooted in cultural and social values that have to do with power, on the one hand, and fear and hatred on the other. So violence prevention will take significant social and cultural change.

I have always been impressed by the work of Irvin Waller, a criminologist at the University of Ottawa and a world expert on prevention of violence. He is clear that this is much more than simply a matter of law and order, policing and punishment. Just as public health advocates for upstream interventions to keep people healthy rather than downstream interventions to fix them when they are sick, Waller provides the evidence that “reductions in violence against women, street violence and homicides by 50% are all achievable within a five to ten year period by investments in early prevention” – and observes that this is a cheaper approach to reducing crime.

He points to “investments in people such as youth outreach, positive parenting programming, and social interventions in emergency rooms”. And he adds there is evidence that “modifications in school curricula to make achievement in life skills and healthy relationship skills stop violence”. So, he asks, “why not make them as important and measured as writing, reading and arithmetic?”.

This approach – what Waller calls ‘compassionate community safety’ – was epitomised recently by Ted Upshaw, the Public Safety Advisor for Halifax and a former RCMP inspector. In a session on healthy communities at the Canadian Public Health Association conference earlier this year, he discussed the importance of social justice, respect, good quality housing and neighbourhoods, access to parks and other social and community benefits if we are to create safe and healthy communities. It makes sense to me.

© Trevor Hancock, 2017

School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) – Occupational Health & Safety Advisor

Exempt Staff Vacancy

Occupational Health & Safety Advisor


The Greater Victoria School District provides public educational services to over 20,000 students in the Greater Victoria Area, encompassing six municipalities.  To provide this service, the District has a current operating budget of $184 million and employs approximately 3,000 staff; which includes, teachers, principals and vice-principals, support staff, psychologists, speech and language pathologists and exempt managerial staff.

Under the direction of the Manager of Occupational Health and Safety, the Occupational Health and & Safety Advisor will:

  •  Assist with the implementation and on-going administration of the District’s occupational health and safety program;
  • Promote health and safety awareness among all employees with a focus on injury prevention
  • Support workplace Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees as required
  • Aid in investigating and reporting workplace injuries and incidents, including recommendation to prevent reoccurrence
  • develop safe work procedures, safety reports, and maintain appropriate records
  • compile and analyse safety statistics for hazard identification and monitoring
  • Interpret the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and make recommendations to achieve and maintain compliance
  • Assist with WorkSafeBC claims management and GRTW planning.


This exempt position offers:

  • Starting salary of $67,000 per year with an extensive benefits package
  • Six weeks’ vacation
  • Municipal pension plan
  • Mostly local travel with the occasional overnight stay.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Successful completion of a one year Occupational Health and Safety Certificate from an accredited institute
  • Extensive knowledge of the Workers’ Compensation Act, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and any other applicable legislation
  • A minimum of five years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience planning and delivering safety training programs
  • Knowledge of office procedures and composing business correspondence at a publishing level


To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, proof of qualifications and references to:
Human Resource Services
Greater Victoria School District No. 61
556 Boleskine Road
Victoria, BC
V8Z 1E8

or by fax:

or email:

Deadline for submission: 4:00 PM, Wednesday, September 12, 2017.

School District 61 thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.