Shannon Turner, Our Executive Director Was Awarded Honorary Life Membership Award from the Canadian Public Health Association

Shannon Turner, PHD(c) is an exemplar practitioner scholar and has been a stalwart advocate for public health throughout her career. The promotion of health and social good has been foundational to Shannon’s contributions to policy, research and practice. When Shannon began as President of the Public Health Association of British Columbia, there were only 20 members and very little funding. Over the course of her term, she rebuilt the Association and established a foundation for a vibrant and engaged membership. Shannon has also served four separate terms on the board of CPHA and helped to strengthen national networks and public health service and policy throughout Canada. As the national co-chair of Preventions of Violence Canada for over a decade she has worked to build a Canada free of violence with a powerful health promotion engagement strategy for civil society and government.

Shannon’s research efforts on violence prevention, equity and technology are focused on the power of collective voices to promote healthy public policy. Her appetite for seeking collaborative and innovative approaches to advance public health is evident in all her work. She recently co-founded Bridge for Health cooperative, a social enterprise focused on social innovation and equity. Her volunteer efforts for over 30 years, combined with her professional roles as Director of Public Health of a regional health authority in BC and Executive Director of the Public Health Association, demonstrate an unfailing commitment to public health advocacy and service to promoting the health of Canadians.

Volunteer Advisors needed – Vancouver Foundation

Vancouver Foundation

Volunteer Advisors needed!


Purpose of Assignment

Vancouver Foundation values community-informed decision-making. One of Vancouver Foundation’s most visible activities is making grants that support charitable programs. The role of the Volunteer Advisor is to bring community perspective into grantmaking, to help identify pressing issues and trends, to assess proposals and ensure that the most socially innovative projects receive funding, and to add value to the process by providing feedback.

Volunteer Advisors bring relevant expertise from across British Columbia and generously volunteer their time and energy to help shape the work of the Foundation and to ensure that it remains in touch with the communities it serves. For Vancouver’s Mission, Values and Core Beliefs:


Key Tasks

  • As a Volunteer Advisor, you will be called upon to:
  • Review applications for funding and make funding recommendations to staff, committee members and Board
  • Provide professional perspectives regarding trends and issues influencing the Foundation’s work, and provide input into priorities of grantmaking
  • Demonstrate active participation which includes preparation, attendance, punctuality, ensuring confidentiality, respectful conduct, and responsive, timely communication with staff, committee members and Board


Time Commitment

Advisors serve for a two-year term, which can be renewed once for a total of four years, and must participate in application review a minimum of twice per annual funding cycle. Meetings are held by teleconference for first stage application review and in person for second stage review. The in-person meeting is typically held in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to application review, an annual halfday planning meeting and day-long volunteer gathering may also be part of the commitment.


Skill Requirements


  • Considerable experience/knowledge in one or more Fields of Interest
  • An interest and commitment to innovative solutions for complex systemic challenges
  • Ability to analyze, critique and understand emerging issues relevant to the sector
  • Previous committee, board or leadership experience
  • Strong communication skills, tact, and diplomacy
  • Ability to seek to understand a diversity of viewpoints
  • Accountability and adaptability
  • Ability to use web-based software applications
  • Understanding of basic meeting procedures/protocol


Other desired knowledge/experience of:

  • Social innovation; that is, initiatives that change or influence a social system by addressing the root cause(s) that created the complex issue in the first place, or that is holding it in place
  • Vancouver Foundation and/or other community foundations
  • Program/project development, design, implementation
  • Strategic planning and outcome evaluation
  • Grant making and/or grant writing
  • Not-for-profit sector
  • Government policies, processes, and programs
  • Business – development, financial management, communications
  • Other communities (e.g. ethnic, socio-economic, under-represented)



In this position, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Use your strengths and skills to make recommendations to support charitable programs and qualified donees that are working towards social change
  • Learn about the charitable sector and social innovation expressed through applications that you will review and are provided to you by staff
  • Meet new people, network and collaborate with other Volunteer Advisors, staff, and Board
  • Be publicly acknowledged for your contributions

Please be advised that the Foundation’s Act states in 20.2 that, “No salary or reward or profit of any kind may be paid or given to any member of an advisory committee”.


What to expect from Vancouver Foundation

Staff are available as needed for support and guidance to:

  • Orient you to Vancouver Foundation and the granting process to enable you to be knowledgeable, engaged and participatory
  • Correspond with you regarding meeting materials and process
  • Inform you about Vancouver Foundation’s goals, strategy, and direction
  • Provide you with the key information such as: Field of Interest guidelines, Terms of Reference, Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest, and policies related to expenses and travel
  • Arrange for communication and travel needs, including conference call support, online grant management system access, bookings and reimbursements as required



Volunteer Advisors provide support to Vancouver Foundation’s grant making teams and are accountable to the Board of Directors through its Grants and Community Initiatives Committee. All funding recommendations are informed by the input of Volunteer Advisors on a project’s merit, its alignment to current funding priorities, and its likelihood of success. Final decisions for funding requests are made by the CEO and/or the Board of Directors. Funding recommendations cannot exceed the amount of budgeted income available at the time of consideration.


The primary staff liaison to Volunteer Advisors is the Manager for the program area most relevant to the volunteer’s experience. Feedback mechanisms are through the Director, Field of Interest, Grants & Community Initiatives.

The CRD Community Map of Greater Victoria

The CRD Community Map was created to help identify where diverse populations live in the region and what their level of access is to important community assets, including affordable transportation modes and community facilities. Local residents may be most interested in community facilities and transportation routes. Planners and service providers may also want to access population data to visualize where different population groups are living in the region and which facilities and community assets are near to them.

Online Professional Development courses – Register now for September 2017

Explore what the Population Health Data Analysis Certificate (PHDA) can do for your career

Designed for health or social sciences professionals, the PHDA provides an excellent opportunity to revitalize your career, earn professional development credits* or get started in a rapidly diversifying field.
This unique program offers:

* A flexible, fully online format
* A diverse set of analytic courses
* *Applied Pro D training

Apply for the PHDA program or take up to two stand-alone courses listed below for professional development.

Want to develop and conduct your own project evaluation?

PHDA 06 Health Services Program Monitoring and Evaluation 

* Develop your own plan
* Differentiate monitoring and evaluation approaches and uses and identify considerations that influence the choice of approach
* Learn the role of theory in monitoring and evaluation and identify a theoretical basis for your plan
* Apply evaluation competencies and standards and appreciate ethical considerations throughout the monitoring and evaluation process
Interested in developing skills in the use of administrative data?

PHDA 01 Working with Administrative Data  

* Learn how admin data is used for research
* Develop a data dictionary for your data set
* Gain basic analytical skills using ‘real-world’ health data

Looking to understand the relationship between place and health?

PHDA 03 Population Health and Geographic Information Systems  

* Explore working with geographic data
* Learn analytic techniques for disease mapping, assessing population exposure to environmental pollutants, and measuring population access to health care services
* Practice hands-on skills using ‘real-world’ data

These fully online, non-credit courses are offered as a partnership between Population Data BC, the University of Victoria, Division of Continuing Studies and the Department of Geography.

Note: Registration is open until August 18th, subject to availability. Please review program eligibility requirements prior to applying.
*The skills acquired in PHDA courses align with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and are eligible for 10 Professional Development (CPE) credits with CHIMA and CIPHI.

For More information or to apply contact:

Maxine Reitsma, Program Coordinator UVic Continuing Studies
Phone: 250-721-8481

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Summer School 2017: Planetary Health – Healthy Built Environments

Facing a Changing World:

Transformative Leadership and Practice


Summer School 2017



The Public Health Association of BC’s 8th annual summer school is only a few days away. During the two day course we will show registrants, through four topic areas, how they can operationalize Transformative Leadership into practice and create innovative changes in the field of Public Health and beyond.

Over the next week we will be posting feature blogs of each topic session to give registrants and those who are on the fence an idea of what we will be talking about. We continue today with Planetary Health – Healthy Built Environments.

Registrations for summer school are open now and seats are limited! Click here to register!


Planetary Health – Healthy Built Environments


Did you know that high-income countries are 80 – 90% urbanized and that we spend 90% of our time indoors? The built environment is by far the most common environment for humans in the 21st century, so it should be health-enhancing. Simultaneously, we also spend 100% of our time living within the natural ecosystems which are ultimately determinants of our health. It’s not a long shot to say that both the built and natural environments are of vital concern. Yet in recent decades, we have not been doing the best job at creating healthy environments. It’s clear that we need to transform the way we live within and manage these environments in the 21st century. In the upcoming 2017 PHABC Summer School, Victoria Barr, Shannon Clarke and Trevor Hancock will be exploring three innovative BC-based approaches to managing the built environment in holistic ways that will create better health and greater ecological sustainability.


Spear-headed by Victoria Barr, the Plan H program recognizes that for maximum impact in our communities, strong partnerships between public health professionals and other sectors need to be made. The program supports the collective work of local governments, public health staff, and other community partners. Through sharing learning opportunities, resources and leading-edge practices for collaborative local action, Plan H supports local government engagement and partnerships across sectors for creating healthier communities. Victoria Barr, a Project Manager for BC Healthy communities, brings over 20 years of expertise as a population health planner, researcher, and healthy communities advocate. She will introduce the Plan H program, with a special emphasis on how the program might integrate an equity lens.


The field of Public health faces a major challenge. How can we measure progess towards health? How can we track our wellbeing outcomes to prove that a policy, program or service can and will keep someone healthy and well? While the answer isn’t always black and white, ample research has demonstrated that there are social determinants of health that impact our wellbeing. If we can measure social determinants, we should be able to track health successes, as well as the areas in need of greater collaborative action. Shannon Clarke is a Healthy Communities Planner at the Capital Regional District, is on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Association of BC and is the coordinator and chair of the Regional Outcomes Monitoring Collaborative of the Capital Region. Join Shannon as she speaks on the processes that the Regional Outcomes Monitoring (ROM) Collaborative undergo, and how as a multi-agency stakeholder group, the ROM Collaborative is engaging with community agencies to identify desired outcomes for social determinants of health.


Humans have now become a force of nature powerful enough to disrupt natural systems locally and globally. We live as if we have more than one planet, and now face the challenge of changing our ways to become environmentally sustainable. So the question remains, how do we reduce our ecological footprint by 70 – 80%, to the equivalent of one planet, while still maintaining good health and a high quality life? Dr. Trevor Hock, an internationally recognized health promotion consultant and an expert on healthy cities and communities explores this challenge by bringing together the concepts of Healthy Communities and Sustainable Communities, and people from different sectors to engage in a dialogue called Conversations for a One Planet Region. Leading this project since January, Dr. Trevor Hancock will be speaking on the issues, process and plans for next steps. Join him, and his thought-provoking discussions how to make the Victoria region a ‘One Planet’ region

Summer School 2017: Immigrant and Refugee Health

Facing a Changing World:

Transformative Leadership and Practice


Summer School 2017



The Public Health Association of BC’s 8th annual summer school is only a few days away. During the two day course we will show registrants, through four topic areas, how they can operationalize Transformative Leadership into practice and create innovative changes in the field of Public Health and beyond.

Over the next week we will be posting feature blogs of each topic session to give registrants and those who are on the fence an idea of what we will be talking about. We continue today with Immigrant and Refugee health.

Registrations for summer school are open now and seats are limited! Click here to register!


Immigrant and Refugee Health


Currently, in Canada, almost two-thirds of population expansion can be attributed to immigration (Statistics Canada, 2013). Our immigrant population has grown and continues to grow rapidly to the point that we now have the highest proportion of foreign-born citizens (nearly 21%) among the G8 countries (ibid.). The country of birth of Canadian immigrants, however, has changed significantly. Up until the 1950s, most immigrants to Canada were of European origin, since the late 1990’s this trend has shifted to visible minorities (Hyman, 2001). In particular, findings from the 2011 National Household Survey indicate that Asia (including the Middle East) is the region from which the largest proportion of individuals have immigrated. The share of immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America has also increased slightly. According to the most recent report from Statistics Canada (2013), nearly 70% of the visible minority population in Canada is now foreign-born.


The increasing diversity of Canada’s immigrant and refugee populations raises important concerns regarding the health-related needs of these populations, particularly in the context of the challenges posed by the social, economic, geographical, cultural and environmental factors that accompany the process of migration. The health of immigrants and their families has important implications for the future health profile of the nation. Of significant importance is the need for policy makers and other key stakeholders to address complex and intricate questions on immigrant and refugee health, such as: what are the determinants of immigrant health? What additional challenges are factors in the determinants of refugee health? What are the barriers to the uptake of health promotion practices among immigrants and refugees? How can we optimize the uptake of health promotion practices among these populations? What resources are available to support immigrant and refugee health and settlement?


Dr. Karen Kobayashi and Sara Hosseina will use the social determinants of health approach to respond to these questions at the 2017 Summer School. Dr. Kobayashi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Aging and Lifelong Health at the University of Victoria. She is a social gerontologist who uses a life course perspective to explore the intersections of structural, cultural, and individual factors/experiences affecting health and aging in the Canadian population. Sara Hosseina is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the New Canadian Clinic (NCC), which provides primary care to refugees and new immigrants in Surrey and Burnaby. Sara not only provides primary care to this population, but she also has a strong focus on the barriers-to-transition that newcomers face in their first couple of years in Canada, particularly after fleeing war zone countries.


After painting a picture of the current status of, and challenges imposed upon Canada’s immigrant and refugee populations, our two presenters will host discussions on “promising practices” in health promotion. Through case studies they will also provide insights into how discourses and techniques such as social marketing, working with the mass and social media, and collaborative processes such as community capacity-building, may be effectively used in order to optimize the uptake of health promotion practices among immigrants and refugees, and, ideally, ensure better health for all.



Join us at the 2017 Summer School to learn more!