BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society – Executive Director


Executive Director

Vancouver, BC


Employment: Contract position to March 31 2019 with option for renewal.

Hours: Flexible 3 – 4 days / week if preferred

Location: #310 – 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver


About the BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society (BCAHL)


The BC Alliance for Healthy Living is a registered not‐for‐profit society that first came together  in 2003 with a vison to improve the health of British Columbians. BCAHL’s mission is “to  improve the health of all British Columbians through leadership and collaboration to address  the risk factors and health inequities that contribute significantly to chronic disease.”

The BC Alliance for Healthy Living is an alliance in the truest sense – the leaders of some of the  province’s largest and most influential health organizations make up the representatives that  govern BCAHL and determine strategic priorities and directions.  The membership includes: BC  Healthy Communities Society, BC Lung Association, BC Pediatric Society, BC Recreation and  Parks Association, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division; Canadian Mental Health  Association, BC Division; Diabetes Canada, Dietitians of Canada, BC Region, Heart and Stroke  Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon; Public Health Association of BC, Union of BC Municipalities,  and YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

BCAHL advances health promoting policies, programs and environments that support the
physical and mental well‐being of British Columbians.  Since 2005, BCAHL has provided  oversight for over $35M in health promotion programming. These initiatives have affected tens  of thousands of British Columbians reaching across BC– from the far north Daylu Dena Council  near Lower Post to Sooke in the southwest to Sparwood in the southeast of the province. As an  advocacy group, we work with government and hold them accountable to promote wellness  and prevent chronic disease.

To learn more about BCAHL please visit


Position Overview


The Executive Director reports to a provincial level Board of Directors and serves to provide advice and  recommendations on strategic directions for the Alliance and works closely with the Board on setting  strategic priorities. The ED has the delegated responsibility for all operational functions within the limits  defined in policy and in accordance with an annually approved Business Plan.

The ED’s major responsibilities include governance, advocacy, administration, communications, external  relations, fundraising, financial management and human resources.

The ED represents BCAHL and serves as liaison to government and other external groups and provides  information as appropriate to BCAHL partners and governments on BCAHL’s activities and current
policy positions.

The ED is expected to develop strategic plans and proposals for potential future roles and projects which  might be undertaken by BCAHL, as well as for future policy positions. This requires engagement of key  stakeholders in collaborative annual and long‐term planning to increase the organization’s impact.

The ED ensures the financial sustainability of the organization, seeks out new funding opportunities and  manages key funder relationships. Supervises two staff (Manager of Advocacy and Communications and  Administration Manager) and other consultants as required.

Currently, the ED is also responsible for the oversight of the implementation of the Physical Activity  Strategy for Children and Youth grant from the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry and  the executing agencies.


Required skills and knowledge


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, health promotion and health administration or a  related area.
  • A minimum of seven years of senior management experience including two to four years’
    experience in multi‐organizational project management.
  • Strong leadership skills with a proven record of effective organizational development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a governing body as well as fostering strong relationships with  senior leaders in government and not‐for‐profit sectors.
  • Commitment to health promotion and solid knowledge of chronic disease prevention and health equity.
  • Proven track record of successful government relations and experience in policy‐making and advocacy.
  • Familiarity with current policy issues in health promotion and ability to see opportunities to align  with government priorities, cultivate internal champions and build political support.
  • Understanding of financial management best practices and nonprofit and charitable regulatory
  • Demonstrated ability to implement successful fundraising strategies and manage key funder relationships.
  • Excellent written, speaking and presentation skills and exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative and ingenuity.
  • Skill with managing competing priorities and divergent interests of stakeholders.
  • Able to make challenging decisions respectfully and effectively.
  • Experience providing guidance, support and constructive feedback to motivate staff and achieve  organizational objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, presentation and decision‐making skills. Tact and good  judgment required.



Salary is negotiable.  Benefits include paid vacation starting at three weeks per year plus time off during  the annual office closure between Christmas and New Year’s.

Application Information: 

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their relevant experience and  interest in the position to BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society, 310 ‐ 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver,  BC V6H 3V2 or email to

Application deadline is Wednesday January 31, 2018.  Only candidates selected for further  consideration will be contacted.  We thank all applicants for their interest.



Thanks to our out-going V.P. Maureen Rowan

PHABC would like to thank our outgoing Vice President for her years of tireless contributions to our association and her commitment to public, youth and community health.

Maureen Rowan has served on the PHABC board for many years and has made valuable contributions through her numerous executive posts and as co-chair of the Capacity Building Committee. She has participated in the facilitation and planning of many Summer Schools as well as served on multiple conference planning committees. Maureen is a valuable resource to the organization and has facilitated PHABC’s ability to positively influence community health issues, through bringing in the voice of those affected. Not only does she contribute at a high level of strategic and policy planning, but she also lends a hand where needed including transporting people and supplies to conferences and workshops.

Maureen has been a strong support in PHABC’s foundation and is the deserving recipient of this year’s President’s Award which is given to a member of the Public Health Association of British Columbia who has shown a commitment to enabling their community, neighbourhood, housing complex or organization to address health issues. The issues include economic security, food security, environmental sustainability, preventive health actions, and ensuring involvement in decisions by those affected.

Also this year Maureen was awarded the McCreary Centre Society’s Youth Health Awards 2018 Recipient. Each year McCreary presents an award to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to youth health in the province of British Columbia.




Maureen Rowan – For her extraordinary commitment to enabling her organization to address health issues while ensuring involvement in decisions by those affected.





Maureen played an active role in ensuring the success of the very first BC Adolescent Health Survey in 1992, and in administrating and disseminating the survey results through each subsequent cycle. Maureen has been an unbelievable champion of the survey over the years, and always ensured a smooth and successful administration of the BC AHS on the Island.

Maureen has continued to serve BC youth since her retirement through many volunteer roles including her work with PHABC and the BC School Based Mental Health Coalition. Maureen has also continued to support McCreary. In preparation for the 2018 survey she pulled together focus groups to ensure the survey instrument captured youth health issues of importance to public health professionals; volunteered to help with administration if needed; and continued to disseminate results and share the work of the Society. She has stated that retirement “hasbeen a wonderful opportunity to continue supporting her community”, and we are truly grateful for the support she has given the Society over the years and for all that she does to promote adolescent health in the province.




Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Conference News

Check out the Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Conference website for news on the upcoming conference in Victoria, May 15-17.

  • The CALL FOR PROPOSALS deadline has been extended until January 20, 2019.
  • REGISTRATION is now open for the conference. Get your early bird rate now!
  • Details on six new and exiting FIELD TRIPS have been announced.

Since its inception, F2CC has established itself as a national leader in the Farm to School approach in Canada,
and is proud to grow this movement, which aims to get more healthy, local and sustainable foods on the minds and plates of students, from pre-school to campus.

PHABC is proud to be the local host agency of the 2019 National Farm to School Conference and are the administrators of Farm to School BC (F2SBC).

Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the premier public health conferences of the year!


Conference 2018: Last chance to complete survey & enter to win! Presentations now available!

Public Health Association of British Columbia’s

Annual Conference & AGM

PHABC - Public Health Association of BC

Building Safe & Inclusive Communities:

The Public Health Approach

November 15th & 16th, 2018
Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard St
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2K6

Last chance to complete survey and be entered to win a 2019 Conference Pass!
Conference 2018 presentations now available


If you attended the conference and haven’t completed the evaluation survey there’s only a couple days left to respond and be entered for a chance to win entry to 2019’s conference! We aim to provide a premier conference experience for public health professionals where people from across BC can meet, network and share new ideas to create safe, healthy and inclusive environments in their communities and beyond. Any feedback is appreciated and will help to make next year’s event even better. To access the short survey before it closes at 11:59pm on Saturday December 1st, 2018click here or copy the link below.


Once you have completed and submitted the survey you will be taken to a separate page where you can submit you name and email to be entered to win a free 2-day conference pass for next year’s event. All survey responses are anonymous and contest entry forms are stored separately.


Take a look at our Presentations page in the Resources menu to find the 2018 conference presentations. The calibre of content at this year’s conference was exceptional and it is thanks to the superb work being done by all our presenters in their respective communities. If you were unable to attend the conference or want a second look at a certain presentation, click here or copy the link below. Please note, not all presentations are available online and more will be added as permission is received.


We are seeking permission from presenters to post their content on our website. If you were a presenter at this year’s conference and would like to have your work posted, please contact Christina Harding at coordinator@phabc.orgWe will never post a presentation without express permission from the author(s).


Thank you again to all of our sponsors, volunteers, staff, and Scientific Program Committee members for your contributions to the PHABC conference Building Safe and Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach. We could not host this event without your support, thank you for helping us to foster an engaging, inclusive environment to share ideas and work towards creating a fair and healthy British Columbia for all.



We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season & we wish you all the best for 2019!

Canadian Public Health Association Webinar: Ways for Students to Get Involved with CPHA

The CPHA is hosting a webinar, Ways for Students to Get Involved  on December 12, 10am-11am PT. This is in direct response to several queries from students each month about how they can get involved in the field of public health.

Students and early career professionals are integral to CPHA’s membership. The Student Director oversees the Student and Early Career Committee, which helps provide input on current student activities and future directions. Activities include developing the annual student webinar series, Mentorship Program, Ambassador Program, Editorial Group, and Annual Conference. This webinar will feature a brief presentation by Manasi Parikh, CPHA’s Student Director. Representatives from various student initiatives will be available to answer questions. We hope to foster a conversation and answer all your burning questions. Register for this webinar to hear more about current activities and ways to get involved.

Register Now

CAI 2018 Community-Based Mental Health and Substance Use Survey

Community Action Initiative is launching 2018 Community-Based Mental Health and Substance Use Survey!

The goal of this year’s survey is to identify opportunities for training, capacity development and other professional development initiatives for the sector’s workforce.

Through the 2018 Sector Survey, we’re exploring the capacity and demographics of the workforce, in addition to steps that community organizations are taking to develop and support the workforce, and existing linkages between the sector and policy-makers.

Community organizations in BC that provide some form of mental health and or substance use services are invited to participate. We ask that one person, either the Executive Director or a Senior Manager, completes this survey on behalf of their organization. The survey should take 15 minutes to complete.

The results of the 2018 survey will be shared with decision-makers, and the sector at large. Results from past-years surveys are available on our website. Survey responses are anonymous, and results will be analyzed at the aggregate level only.

Survey participants, who complete the entirety of the survey, are eligible to enter a draw for a chance to win 1 of 10 Chapters/Indigo gift cards valued at $50 each.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Jen at jalsop@communityactioninitiative.

The survey will be open until November 30th.

Please click HERE to start the survey: