Executive Director – Announcement

Irv and ShannonThe search is over!

Following an executive search, screening and interview process at the end of 2016, the Public Health Association of BC is pleased to announce its successful recruitment of Shannon Turner, BA, BSc, MSc, PhD (c) to our Executive Director position. Shannon has more than 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.

Shannon has worked across the continuum of health services in acute, long term and primary care organizations.  Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, Shannon served as Director of Public Health for Vancouver Island Health Authority. With a background in international health Shannon has served as a consultant, facilitating a multi county meeting in Africa and led a health promotion speaking tour in Sweden and Latvia.  She has served the World Health Organization Global Violence Prevention Alliance for the past decade as National Co-chair of Prevention of Violence Canada.

Many of you will know Shannon for her years of service as an advocate for public health at the regional, provincial and national levels. The University of Hawaii named Shannon to the Delta Omega Society for outstanding contribution to public health. In 2008, she was awarded the James M. Robinson Award (UBC Public Health) for her significant contributions to public health. In 2009, she was presented with the President’s Award by the Public Health Association of BC for her work in rebuilding and renewing the association.

Shannon brings an abundance of knowledge, vision and commitment to our organization and we expect the organization to thrive under her experienced leadership and collaborative stewardship.

Please join us in welcoming Shannon into this new role.

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Paola Ardiles

President, PHABC

*Photo caption: Dr. Irv Rootman and Shannon Turner at the celebration of his Honourary Doctorate ceremony at the University of Victoria.