Public Health Association of BC
We are a small team of dedicated individuals tasked with keeping the organization running smoothly while ensuring our programs have significant impact on the communities they work with across this province and beyond.
If you would like to know more about a particular program and it’s team, click on the projects tab on the main menu for a full listing of current PHABC supported programs.
Shannon Turner, PhD(c)
Shannon Turner took on the role of executive director of the Public Health Association of BC at the beginning of 2017 and comes to the association with over 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. Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, Shannon served as Director of Public Health for Vancouver Island Health Authority. She has worked across the continuum of health services in acute, long term and primary care organizations.
In 1994 and 1996, Shannon served as a keynote in an international Speaking Tour in Sweden and Latvia and in 2008, she facilitated a thirteen country meeting in Uganda on behalf of the East, Central and South African Public Health Associations. Shannon has been named to the Delta Omega Society for outstanding contribution to public health by the University of Hawaii. In 2008, she was awarded the James M. Robinson Award (UBC Public Health) for her significant contributions to public health and in 2017 she was awarded the honorary life membership award from the Canadian Public Health Association. She has served the World Health Organization Global Violence Prevention Alliance for the past decade as National Co-chair of Prevention of Violence Canada.
Christina Harding, BA
Christina was born and raised in Victoria, on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen speaking First Nations, and is now fortunate enough to call the Comox Valley home; where the K’òmoks First Nations have prospered for millennia on their unceded territory under the watchful eye of K’one-is (Queneesh).
Before entering public health, Christina attended the University of Victoria, attaining a double bachelors degree in Linguistics and Anthropology with a focus on language and society while owning and operating a successful home-business, allowing her to graduate debt-free. She began working at the Public Health Association of BC in the spring of 2017 and hasn’t looked back. She has worked in multiple roles in the organization, currently as a project coordinator, has managed the coordination of PHABC’s major events, and supported a number of short- and long-term projects collaborating with various partner organizations.
Her ultimate goal is to be able to use her education and public health background to support linguistic revitalization, cultural revitalization and reconciliation projects across BC and Canada. As a major social determinant of health for First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Acadian communities; considerations to cultural and linguistic diversity should not be overlooked when designing public health programs that will directly impact those communities.
In her spare time, you can find Christina hiking, biking, kayaking or camping with her partner, Ryan, and rescue pup, Mocha, in some of the most remote places on Vancouver Island and the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Chris Munkacsi, BA
Chris Munkacsi was born and raised in the province of Saskatchewan. He moved to the Victoria area in 2003. He is a single parent who has lived with his family in Esquimalt for close to a decade. As a single parent to an active daughter he is often kept busy with her school activities such as sports, music and promoting environmental consciousness.
He has worked directly and indirectly for national, provincial and municipal governments and non-profit organizations for 20 years. He is passionate about working to build livable and healthy communities, family affordability issues and supporting local business opportunities.
Chris has worked with small businesses to help develop their company’s administration, strategic planning and coordination of their projects. He has a degree in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University. He is involved with the Esquimalt Advisory Planning Commission and Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce.