January 2016 e-News 

Public Health Association of British Columbia

Welcoming 2016 with our new President, Paola Ardiles

A happy and healthy 2016 to our members, collaborators and colleagues!

As a woman of colour who came to Canada as a refugee when I was a child, I have been reflecting on what an honour it is to be serving as the new President of the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC). As I start this journey, I feel gratitude for the support from the association’s staff and board members, as well as appreciation for the mentorship I received from the past Presidents: Marjorie MacDonald, Ted Bruce and Shannon Turner. They have all given me the confidence and strength to take on this challenge.

Read Paola's full New Year's message for more information on key transition and our focus moving forward... 



On November 27th 2015, PHABC held the annual AGM in Surrey, BC.  During the AGM Marjorie MacDonald passed on the leadership of PHABC to Paola Ardiles, and the Chairs of the different committees presented the report of activities for the year 2014-2015.

You can access the report and minutes from the meeting by visiting 2015 PHABC Report and 2015 AGM Minutes.

This year's AGM was planned in partnership with the Poverty Reduction Coalition presenting The Road to a Poverty Free BC workshop delivered by Trish Garner.  We want to thank PRC for partnering with us in this event and Simon Fraser University for hosting the event. 


2015 PHABC Awards

We are proud to present to you the 2015 PHABC Award Recipients:

Mary Collins - President's Award

LOCO BC (Amy Robinson) - Corporate Citizen Award

Description of Awards

Stay tuned for 2016 PHABC Awards Nominations.


'The richer you are, the better your health - and how this can be changed'

The new book by Sir Michael Marmot, "Health gap: The challenge of an unequal world" explores his work gathering  examples of how communities around the globe are aiming to reduce health inequalities through local action and initiatives. Start 2016 with this foundational read in health equity.

Read a recent Guardian article by Sir Marmot and learn more about this new publication.


An opportunity to support BC's children in care 

First Call - BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition invites you to their annual fundraiser on February 11th. Join host Trevor Linden in celebrating young people and advocates working to improve our foster care system. This year, First Call is partnering with the Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change initiative and the Trevor Linden Foundation to highlight this important issue.

Click here to learn more about the 2016 First Call gala!


Feature: Thinking Upstream in 2016

This month we're highlighting the work of the Saskatoon-based think-tank, Upstream, founded by Dr. Ryan Meili. Upstream is a movement to, 'create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centred ideas. Upstream seeks to reframe public discourse around addressing the social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society.' Explore their website to follow their work in building awareness, support and action to address the social determinants of health in Canada.

Introducing Upstream: Watch this short video to learn more!


Contact Us:

email: staff@phabc.org | Phone: 250-595-8422

Public Health Association of BC
#210-1027 Pandora Ave
Victoria, BC V8V 3P6

To renew your membership please visit www.phabc.org