PHABC is seeking an Administrative coordinator


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Administrative Coordinator is responsible for the administrative tasks related to the running of the Association’s office.  Supporting the ED in the managing all operational aspects of the organization including a large membership and volunteer base. The Administrative coordinator supports the ED to manage consultants, contractors, coordinators, communications, bookkeeping, and an IT professional.  This role is responsible for office support, committee support and event planning logistics for the Association.


The PHABC is a voluntary, non-profit, NGO (est. 1953), affiliated with Canadian Public Health Association. The PHABC promotes and protects public health by actively working to advance the development and implementation of healthy public policy, by encouraging and facilitating research that supports public health and cooperating regionally, nationally and internationally with partner organizations. Its national linkages enable the PHABC to participate in dialogue and action on matters of interest across Canada. The PHABC has a long track record of fiscal and administrative stability and considerable experience with community development, continuing education, initiatives addressing the determinants of health and project planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation. PHABC has partnered with the federal and provincial governments to carry out significant knowledge development and exchange projects.

 Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities

  • First contact and Correspondence with members and the general public (emails, phone calls).
  • Management and support of Board and Committees activities, assisting the ED and Committee Chairs in the organization and coordination of meeting and other events
  • Formatting and editing all documents (contracts, policies, communications, notices, presentations and publications)
  • Office operations and office supplies including mail and courier services.
  • Maintain the electronic records of the association including policies, project documents, policies, and financials.
  • Overall coordination of different events and logistics coordinator of major events
  • Membership database maintenance, payments and customer service support
  • Undertake communication activities such as e-blasts.
  • Assist and support to bookkeeper
  • Assist accountant and ED to conduct activities related to year-end review.
  • Work together with the ED to ensure implementation and compliance with financial policies.
  • Responsible for payments to consultants, services and vendors and deposits.
  • Working with the ED to complete reporting requirements for funders
  • Work with ED and the treasurer to prepare an annual budget.
  • Assisting project managers and consultants to meet project deliverables.
  • Project management support planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree in Administration or Business field plus 2 years’ experience
  • Desirable experience and familiarity with non-profits and reporting to a board of directors.
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong Microsoft office skills
  • Basic WordPress management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and assume responsibility with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diversity of people and groups;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Possess a fundamental respect for all whom they meet and encounter through their work.
  • Valid BC Driver’s licence and vehicle.

 This is a one-year contract valued at $32,032 (plus 5% GST) at 3.5 days/week (28 hrs per week) with the opportunity for renewal. The position is located in Victoria.  Some travel is required as part of this contract. Please submit a cover letter and resume to by 4:00pm on February 28th.

PHABC is an equal opportunity organization and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this contract without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.


Ministry of Education – Job opportunity

BC Public Service

Ministry of Education


 Chief Psychometrician

Bring your specialized knowledge and experience to this key educational role

Salary: $72,095.17 – 82,478.97 annually

The focus of the Learning Modernization Project is the movement to increasingly personalized learning, which is enabled and supported by quality teaching and learning, flexibility and choice, and high standards. This includes the redesign of: provincial curriculum, assessment, reporting, and graduation requirements. Transforming Education’s core business affects every student, parent, teacher, administrator and Education partner organization in the province.

As the Chief Psychometrician you would be planning, implementing, managing and monitoring all psychometric and technical requirements of BC’s large-scale assessment programs; ensuring the accuracy of data; collaborating with program managers and test developers to support the program with routine psychometric services; suggesting and leading additional research studies to strengthen the program; working closely with content experts to improve and expand current assessments; participating in the design and development of new assessments; writing technical reports and other documentation; participating in design of internal research and test development processes/systems; writing research reports, and making presentations at various sessions.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Graduate degree in educational measurement, psychometrics, statistics or a related field, plus a minimum of three years’ experience working on large-scale testing programs.
  • Experience with analysis, interpretation and results reporting of large scale testing programs.
  • Must have experience in IRT-based scoring methods, test form equating, standard setting and validity studies.
  • Experience in supporting content specialists in their work of test development.
  • Must have experience in handling last data sets and a demonstrable experience in large scale data analysis.
  • Experience utilizing psychometric methods, statistical procedures and application of classical test theory and item response theory.

To learn more, including how to apply online, please visit:


Attention: only applications submitted through the BC Public Service’s employment website (see link above) will be accepted.

New digital comic book, Invasion of the Alien Zombies, aims to educate kids about the immune system

Comic takes kid-centred approach to underscore importance of immunization

OTTAWA, CANADA – Alien invaders descend on a world while defensive forces mobilize to battle the intruders… is this the plot from an upcoming blockbuster movie or a creative approach to science education? These scenes are from a new online comic, Immunity Warriors: Invasion of the Alien Zombies, created to educate elementary school students about the immune system and the role of immunization in defending against illness.

Conceived by Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a physician, researcher and comic book fan, Invasion of the Alien Zombies approaches immunization education from a child’s perspective.

To view the press release visit: CANImmunize Digital Comic book-News Release

Executive Director – Announcement

Irv and ShannonThe search is over!

Following an executive search, screening and interview process at the end of 2016, the Public Health Association of BC is pleased to announce its successful recruitment of Shannon Turner, BA, BSc, MSc, PhD (c) to our Executive Director position. Shannon has more than thirty years of experience in public health practice, healthy public policy, health promotion, program and project management, strategic planning, health informatics, quality assurance, risk management, logistics and accounting as well as conducting research on digital communication and citizen engagement. Aside from her extensive academic credentials Shannon brings a wide range of experience from both the public and private sector.

Shannon has worked across the continuum of health services in acute, long term and primary care organizations.  Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, Shannon served as Director of Public Health for Vancouver Island Health Authority. With a background in international health Shannon has served as a consultant, facilitating a multi county meeting in Africa and led a health promotion speaking tour in Sweden and Latvia.  She has served the World Health Organization Global Violence Prevention Alliance for the past decade as National Co-chair of Prevention of Violence Canada.

Many of you will know Shannon for her years of service as an advocate for public health at the regional, provincial and national levels. The University of Hawaii named Shannon to the Delta Omega Society for outstanding contribution to public health. In 2008, she was awarded the James M. Robinson Award (UBC Public Health) for her significant contributions to public health. In 2009, she was presented with the President’s Award by the Public Health Association of BC for her work in rebuilding and renewing the association.

Shannon brings an abundance of knowledge, vision and commitment to our organization and we expect the organization to thrive under her experienced leadership and collaborative stewardship.

Please join us in welcoming Shannon into this new role.

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Paola Ardiles

President, PHABC

*Photo caption: Dr. Irv Rootman and Shannon Turner at the celebration of his Honourary Doctorate ceremony at the University of Victoria.

Towards a “One Planet region” – A community conversation series

We are changing the Earth’s ecosystems in profound ways that will end up harming us. So we face the challenge of transforming our society to live within the constraints of the one small planet that is our home. We will need to reduce our ecological footprint by 75–80 percent to the equivalent of one planet’s worth of consumption and waste production, while maintaining a long life in good health for all our citizens. This will mean changing everything we do!

In the face of this important challenge, a group of UVic faculty and community organisations are organising this series of Community Conversations to explore some key issues and the challenge of how to get to a One Planet way of life. We believe this will be of interest to community associations, environmental and social justice groups, local governments, faith organizations, green businesses, urban planners and architects, the arts and culture community, health professionals and many others.

We hope you will join community and academic presenters in this series of free events exploring the challenge, culminating in a UVic IdeaFest event on March 11th.

Community Conversations’ at the Bateman Centre, 5 – 7 PM

Monday Jan 23rd
Introduction, overview of the initiative:
• The Anthropocene, the One Planet Region and the Happy Planet Index

• Trevor Hancock, School of Public Health and Social Policy, UVic

• Measuring Victoria’s Ecological Footprint

• Jennie Moore, BCIT. Jennie’s PhD was on the ecological footprint of Vancouver, and she is working on the ecological footprint for Victoria.

Monday Jan 30th
• A Conversation on Indigenous views of the One Planet region

• Nick Claxton and colleagues. Nick is an Instructor with the Faculty of Education and is Tsawout Band & WSÁNEĆ Nation Indigenous Academic Advisor/ Coordinator

Monday Feb 6th

• A Conversation on renewable energy systems for a One Planet region

  • Presentation by Tom Hackney, Policy Director, Victoria chapter of BCSEA (BC Sustainable Energy Association) with interactive discussion facilitated by climate social scientist Jan Inglis

Monday Feb 13th

• A Conversation on transportation systems and urban development patterns for a One Planet region

• Led by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Wednesday Feb 22nd

• A Conversation on a food system for a One Planet region

• Led by Jeremy Caradonna, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Studies, UVic with support from CRFAIR (Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable)

Saturday March 11th, 2 – 4 PM, New Horizons, James Bay – IdeaFest event

• The Anthropocene is here! Living well in a ‘One Planet’ region

• A panel presentation and discussion


Canadian Cancer Society – launching of new program

The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce the launching of an innovative smoking cessation program  in partnership with the Running Room – Run to Quit.

What is Run to Quit?

Run to Quit is an effective program that coaches tobacco users on how to get active AND quit smoking. Participants are supported by a Quit Coach through a gradual 10-week Learn-to-Run clinic in combination with evidence-based smoking cessation strategies.

Run to Quit is offered in three formats:

  • Do It Yourself: Online program available anytime, anywhere
  • In-person: Training program at select Running Room locations in Spring 2017
  • Virtual: Online training program available in Winter and Spring. The next Virtual program starts in January 2017!

Why promote Run to Quit?

Because it works! Run to Quit participants are 7x more likely to successfully quit smoking than those who try to quit cold turkey. Exercise reduces cravings, helps manage withdrawal symptoms and inspires people to be healthier.

Most smokers want to quit. Run to Quit offers a unique approach to smoking cessation that helps participants stay motivated as they build new skills and establish behaviours to maintain long-term health goals. Run to Quit participants can reduce two key risk factors responsible for poor health: tobacco use and physical inactivity.


Run to Quit is suitable for non-runners and people with any fitness level. Non-smokers are invited to support someone who is participating in the program. By choosing to champion Run to Quit you are helping people access proven quit smoking resources.

How to Promote Run to Quit

If you are interested in spreading the word about Run to Quit to your Clients and network, please contact me to learn more about the program and discuss the ready–made promotional tools available, including on-site presentations, customized resources and digital files. With your support, a person’s quit journey can be easier and with a greater chance of success. More information about Run to Quit can be found on the website: