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 Prevention 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.