Author: Christina

Seeking Project Partners – Enhancing Public Health Organizational Capacity to Improve Health Equity

Enhancing Public Health Organizational Capacity to Improve Health Equity

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) is seeking public health departments to partner in a two-year project (project overview) to increase effective organizational capacity for health equity-oriented action. The project will combine an international learning circle and three public health departments acting as practice sites. This is a great opportunity for your organization to gain know-how, staff skill and knowledge. Please consider applying (site expectations).


Project goal: Learn what frameworks, strategies and organizational conditions are most useful and effective to develop and sustain such capacity in the Canadian public health context.


Process: Sites will participate in a learning circle that combines evidence appraisal, expert opinion, practice-based innovation and collaborative learning. Each site will design and implement a project to improve health equity action that fits with your organization’s priorities and fiscal allocations.


Organizational benefits:

  • Support from the NCCDH for the implementation of a concrete, time-limited organizational change project with actionable steps
  • Access to state-of-the-art expertise, current evidence and awareness of emerging innovations
  • Enhanced, mutually supporting professional networks


New application deadline: April 13, 2018.



Le Centre de collaboration nationale des déterminants de la santé (CCNDS) est à la recherche de services de santé publique prêts à jouer le rôle de partenaires dans le cadre d’un projet de deux ans (survol du projet) qui vise à renforcer la capacité organisationnelle d’agir sur l’équité en santé. Le projet comportera entre autres un cercle d’apprentissage international et trois services de santé publique qui joueront le rôle de sites d’essai. Il s’agit d’une occasion inespérée pour votre organisme d’accroître le savoir-faire, les compétences et les connaissances de son personnel. N’hésitez pas à soumettre votre candidature (les attentes).


Objectif du projet : Découvrir quels cadres théoriques, quelles stratégies et quelles conditions organisationnelles sont les plus utiles et les plus efficaces pour développer et soutenir cette capacité dans le milieu de la santé publique du Canada.


Processus : Les sites participeront à un cercle d’apprentissage chargé d’évaluer les données probantes, le point de vue des spécialistes, les innovations fondées sur les pratiques et les apprentissages collaboratifs. Chaque site mettra au point et exécutera un projet en vue d’améliorer sa démarche pour faire avancer l’équité en santé, en concordant le projet en question avec les priorités et les budgets de l’organisme pour les exercices financiers.


Avantages pour l’organisme :

  • Soutien du CCNDS dans la mise en œuvre d’un projet de changement organisationnel concret dans un temps limité, y compris les étapes à suivre
  • Accès à des compétences de pointe, aux données probantes les plus récentes et à l’information sur les innovations émergentes
  • Réseautage professionnel assurant un appui mutuel plus solide


Nouvelle date limite de dépôt d’une demande : le 13 avril 2018.


Farm to School BC – Kamloops Regional Hub Animator (Part Time)

PHABC - Public Health Association of BC

Farm to School BC

Kamloops Regional Hub

Regional Animator

Part Time


Position Summary

Farm to School BC (F2SBC) and Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) seeks a dynamic, creative, and inspiring individual to coordinate, strengthen and expand the Farm to School Kamloops Regional Hub. Reporting to the Provincial Manager of F2SBC, the Animator provides students with access to healthy, local food and hands-on learning opportunities that foster food literacy while strengthening the local food system using a comprehensive and collective impact framework.

Working alongside teachers, students, local organizations including the Kamloops Food Policy Council, public health dietitians, farmers, and additional stakeholders engaged with nutrition, agriculture, health and education sectors, the Regional Animator will place local people at the centre of all they do, believing that sustainable solutions are only ever developed when the support of a local community is strongly evident. Furthermore, as a change agent in the community, the Animator builds bridges and strengthens connections within the community, and among various stakeholders that influence the community. The Animator will invest in relationships that will form the solid foundation for swift and effective future partnership development.



Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support F2SBC programs in Kamloops Regional Hub in achieving the three core elements of F2SBC:
    • Promote healthy, local food in schools and enhance student food literacy
    • Foster hands-on learning opportunities by linking F2S activities to the curriculum
    • Support the schools and the broader community connectedness
  • Promote F2SBC activities on social media by posting regional events and activities via Facebook, Twitter, F2SBC website, and newsletters.
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with F2SBC schools and provide ongoing support to ensure that teachers, stakeholders and partners are successfully implementing their program.
  • Inspire new F2S programs in the region.
  • Build and strengthen school-community capacity by facilitating and hosting regular networking and development opportunities (e.g., committee meetings, networking events, learning circles, webinars, and celebration events).
  • Identify and secure additional funding opportunities to strengthen and support F2S activities in the Kamloops Regional Hub.



  • Background in Health Science, Education, Community Development, Nutrition, Agriculture, Public Health or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Preferred minimum of 2 years of experience utilizing setting-based approaches to health promotion, working with people and communities to integrate a holistic and multi-disciplinary method to build capacity in various settings.
  • Understanding of local and sustainable food systems, child and youth health, health promotion, health literacy, agriculture and/or combination of relevant or related disciplines.
  • Comfortable with the following software/social media platforms: Word Processing, Excel spreadsheets, WordPress, PowerPoint and social media platforms (e.g.. Facebook, Twitter).
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Leadership style and work ethic that promotes collaboration, inclusivity, creativity, open communication as well as independent decision making.
  • Understanding of regional food systems and school-food service systems including the network of individuals therein (e.g. principals, teachers, parents, school meal coordinators staff, and students)
  • Ability to network with key stakeholders within the regional food system (farmers, gardeners, food producer groups, food processors, and food distributors; including those associated with existing F2S programs and those keen to be supplying such programs).
  • In-depth knowledge of sustainable food systems, school food and/or public health nutrition



To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter to Richard Han, Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC at


Application Deadline: March 26th, 2018

Short listed candidates will be notified by March 30th

Ministry of Education – Band 2 Early Childhood Education Specialist

Ministry of Education

Early Childhood Education Specialist
Management Band 2


Salary $62,000 – $86,000 annually

This position is currently under review for exclusion.
This position is excluded from union membership.
An eligibility list may be established.


An opportunity to apply your exceptional leadership, organizational and prioritization skills

The Learning Division plays a central role in facilitating the renewal and transformation of BC’s K-12 education system through personalized learning. The Division and the Branch exemplify personalized learning principles (e.g., cooperation, creativity, innovation, social responsibility) in our work and in how we engage with others. The Division’s ongoing areas of responsibility include Student Wellness and Safety, Inclusive Education, Aboriginal Education, Custom Programs and Projects, Early Years, and French Programs.

This position will provide consultation, professional expertise, and co-ordination in the delivery of consulting services specific to the area of Early Childhood Education.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  If you experience technical difficulties submitting your online profile, or for more information about how to create or update your profile, please refer to the “HOW TO APPLY” section below.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.


In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Related university degree, diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience related to Early Childhood Education.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of clients in a customer service environment.
  • Experience handling multiple priorities concurrently.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.

Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry


Cover letter required: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume required: YES – Prior to submitting your application for this opportunity, update your resume profile by using the copy and paste function to add your resume. Your resume must provide detailed information about your education and experience including the job related responsibilities and the month(s) and year(s) for your education and for each job in your employment history.

Online Questionnaire:  YES – As part of the application process you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the qualifications. You need to allot 30-60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: The online questionnaire cannot be saved and will time out after 60 minutes. You will need to complete the questionnaire and submit your application within 60 minutes or you will lose any information you have entered.  If you require more time to prepare your responses, copy the questions and prepare your responses outside of the system and paste them into the online questionnaire when you are ready to apply.  Further instructions are provided in the questionnaire and are available on the Apply for a Position page on MyHR.

NOTE: Questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job qualifications noted above so please ensure you include all relevant information about your education and experience such as the date ranges of experience, job titles, and job duties when responding to the questionnaire. Your resume may not be reviewed for shortlisting purposes.

School District No. 8 – Health, Wellness and Safety Manager

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) located in the Kootenays, serves a diverse number of communities including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel, Yahk and the surrounding rural areas.  The District covers a large geographic area with two time zones. It has a student population of approximately 5000 students in 23 schools.  Further information regarding School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) can be obtained from the website at 

We are searching for a trained and well-experienced person to join our team as the Heath, Wellness, and Safety Manager.  This position is an excluded position.  The ideal candidate for this position will bring their background in Health and Safety to our District, in order to attend to the Health, Safety and Wellness needs for our District.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Human Resource Services, this position will implement and manage comprehensive health safety and wellness programs across the District, ensuring a health and safe work environment for our employees.  This position will act as a resource person for a variety of health, safety and wellness matters throughout the District and will lead the District in strategic planning, implementation, reporting and monitoring of health, safety and wellness in the District.


Job Requirements:

1.    Degree in Human Resources with a specialty in Health and Safety, or a related degree.  
2.    Three (3) to five (5) years related experience in the field of Health and Safety, preferably in a public sector unionized environment.
3.    Knowledge of legislation and regulation pertaining to health and safety in the workplace.
4.    Knowledge of work site inspection and accident prevention techniques, and of health and safety hazards for a wide variety of trade, labour, technical, teaching and office operations.
5.    Excellent computer skills including databases, spreadsheets, and word processing in order to enter data, analyze data, and plan as a result of data outcomes.
6.    Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing including in a presentation environment.
7.    Maintains effective working relationships with a wide variety of staff, outside agencies and community contacts.
8.    Strong ability to multi-task, influence, negotiate and resolve conflict.
9.    Works with minimal supervision.
10.   Valid BC Driver’s License as travel throughout our diverse district will be required.
11.   Advises and assists senior management and other persons involved in planning, controlling and maintaining a healthy and safe work environment.
12.  Supports the District’s objectives and overall strategies in order to effectively plan, prioritize and integrate health, safety and wellness resources across the District.
13.   Works with Worksite Health and Safety Committees as an employer’s representative to develop and implement an integrate program to promote an awareness of safety in the workplace.
14.   Arranges for occupational health and safety testing and/or evaluations of the workplace by external agencies/consultants as may be necessary.
15.   Acts in the capacity of an employer’s representative in connection with worksite inspections and responses to WorkSafeBC inspection reports and orders.
16.    Liaises with a variety of district staff, legislative organizations, Health Boards and other outside agencies as necessary.
17.    Plans and conducts New Worker/Young Worker orientation with regard to safety, health, and wellness.
18.    District representative on a variety of District committees (Teacher Wellness, JEIS, JSAC, Duty to Accommodate, etc).
19.    Acts as a resource for District Health and Safety policies, procedures, Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
20.    Supports/distributes information on healthy lifestyle and/or participation in fitness and wellness programs.
21.    Assists with educational workshops and seminars related to health, safety and wellness to a variety of District staff.
22.    Works with EFAP program partners, determines EFAP provider with committee, Committee chair of EFAP committee.  Provides EFAP information to staff and acts as a resource person for collective agreements and contract with regard to EFAP.
23.    ASWI program supervision, implementation, analysis, and strategic planning.
24.    Data input, data analysis and strategic planning with regard to health, wellness, and safety.
25.    Works with other agencies with regard to health, wellness and safety– for example, WSBC, BCPSEA, Ministry of Education, Desjardins, etc.
26.    Clerical and other duties relating to the job description.


Job Conditions:

1.  Work is usually indoors in well-lighted and heated buildings.  May require occasional outdoor work.
2.  There will be extensive travel within the district throughout the calendar year during all types of


Candidates who are applying need to submit:

-A cover letter indicating (in part) why you are applying for the position

-A resume complete with qualifications and a minimum of 3 current or recent supervisory references, along with email contact.

-Evidence (scanned into Make a Future) of transcripts and certificates required for the position and any other relevant certificates

-Evaluations conducted in similar positions

-Email addresses of referees

Candidates should know that a comprehensive remuneration and benefits package will be offered to the awarded candidate.  Prior to being hired, candidates must have a Criminal Record Check completed through School District 8, at the cost of the applicant.




 For further information, please contact the Director of Human Resource Services, Deanna Holitzki at 

Come live in Nelson, BC!

Ministry of Health – Resource Management Tele-Dietitian


Ministry of Health

Resource Management Tele-Dietitian


A unique and challenging opportunity to apply your skills


Salary $60,531.87 – $69,104.56 annually

HealthLink BC’s (HLBC) telehealth platform delivers high quality telehealth services across the continuum of care to health care providers and the public that positively impact the health care experience, health outcomes and the availability and use of health human resources in a way that will improve the affordability and sustainability of health care in British Columbia.  HLBC’s comprehensive self-care and health system navigation services focus on quality client services to consumers and health care professionals. Core services include Navigation Services, Nursing Services, Dietitian & Physical Activity Services,, HealthLinkBC Files, Directory Services, and the BC HealthGuide Handbook.

The Resource Management tele-dietitian develops high quality consumer and professional nutrition resources, in collaboration with stakeholders, for use by Dietitian Services, the public, health professionals and the media, through the CC-PEN nutrition knowledge base and through the HealthLink BC public website, and through provision of subject matter expertise for stakeholder provincial nutrition resource development. Service delivery channels include telephone, print, web and email. The position reports to the Lead, Resource Management, Dietitian & Physical Activity Services and collaborates with Dietitians of Canada to contribute to the Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) system.


Qualifications for this role include:

  • Registered Dietitian, registered in good standing with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia.
  • Minimum of four (4) years recent relevant experience as a registered dietitian.
  • Work experience demonstrating strong clinical and nutrition education and counselling skills acquired in hospital, community, long-term care and/ or private practice settings.
  • Experience in applied research and critical appraisal of scientific literature.
  • Experience developing practice guidelines and consumer education resources, and writing for public and health professionals.
  • Computer experience with relevant software i.e. electronic health records, MS Office, etc.
  • Experience in media interviews and public speaking considered an asset.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of completion of the Dietitians of Canada’s Evidence-Based Decision Making – Online Course, education in adult education, and/or writing for publication or journalism.


For more information and to apply online by February 22, 2018, please go to:

Health Promotion Canada Awards PHABC the Organization Achievement Award

Health Promotion Canada’s Recognition Awards 2017

Organization Achievement Award Winner

We are excited to announce that the Public Health Association of British Columbia has been selected by Health Promotion Canada as a recipient of one of their 2017 Recognition Awards for Organization Achievement.

We are humbled and appreciative of the nomination and will continue to work hard to create a fair and healthy British Columbia for all.


Below is the excerpt from Health Promotion Canada’s recognition awards website
click here to read about all the other 2017 winners. 

The Public Health Association of British Columbia is a voluntary, non-government, member driven organization that provides leadership to promote health, well-being, and social equity-a mission directly related to health promotion. The organization has distinguished itself through its inter-sectoral collaborative approach to organizing innovative conferences, summer schools, and other events, many of them focusing on health promotion.

The Association has hosted the BC Health Literacy Network that is based on a health promotion approach, as well as the BC Farm to School Network, which works to “bring healthy, local, just, and sustainable food sourcing and food systems education into BC schools”.

Additionally, the organization has offered to host the BC Health Promotion Network and provide teleconference support to Health Promotion Canada. As part of its 2017 Conference, the Public Health Association of British Columbia hosted the launch of the 4th edition of Health Promotion in Canada. Throughout its existence the organization has also honoured policy makers, practitioners, and researchers for their contributions to health promotion.

According to a letter of support submitted for this nomination, “(the) Public Health Association of British Columbia is a creative, bold, and passionate organization which embodies the core values, beliefs, and ideals of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion…”.


We would also like to congratulate our past president, Paola Ardiles, who is one of the recipients of the Mid-career Award from Health Promotion Canada’s 2017 Recognition Award’s.
Her excerpt from the
 website is below.

Paola is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Since graduating from the University of Toronto‘s Master of Public Health: Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (Health Promotion) program approximately 10 years ago, she has made an exceptionally large and innovative contribution to health promotion. One of her early accomplishments was co-authoring a policy report to support national mental health promotion efforts. National and international leaders have recognized the report as an important early contribution to Canada’s first national mental health strategy.

Upon moving to British Columbia Paola became the founding manager of the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Health Literacy Network. Through this role she brought together a wide range of stakeholders to implement a provincial strategy to improve health literacy in the area of mental health and substance use. She also joined the Board and Executive of the Public Health Association of British Columbia and inspired the development of the Public Engagement Committee. Paola subsequently became president of the organization. Finally, she founded Bridge for Health, a new co-op that serves as an incubator for social innovation in health and provides volunteer opportunities for members of the Vancouver community.

As part of her work with Bridge for Health Paola led a youth participation and leadership initiative celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. In addition she developed the “Well-being at Work” Innovation Labs in Surrey with some local businesses. Art shows, community lectures, an ideas lab, and research partnerships are just a few of the activities that Bridge for Health is now involved in.

Paola has a stellar track record of professional accomplishments in public health and related fields and a strong history of progressive advancement in leadership and management roles. She is not only a current leader in health promotion in Canada, but she is destined to be a future one as well.