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.



Registration now open for Public Health Summer School 2019!

the 10th annual public health summer school

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

July 4th & 5th, 2019

BC Sites: University of BC, University of Victoria, University of BC: Okanagan, University of Northern BC


Registration is open now! Click here to register


Have you had a chance to check out the save the date for our upcoming public health summer school? This year’s event is happening July 4th and 5th at university campuses across BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. Now in its 10th year, the two-day continuing education program give public health professionals the opportunity to gather together, network, and learn about the latest innovations in public health & how to take concept to practice in two days of engaging presentations, workshops and discussions. Registration is on now!



This year we are excited to partner with Saskatchewan Public Health Association, Manitoba Public Health Association, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Yukon’s Public Health Community of Practice to give participants across most of western Canada the option to join in our event. For information on registering for a BC site, click here or copy and paste this link into you preferred browser ( For information on registering in Manitoba or Saskatchewan, check out their respective webpages below. Please contact Christina, summer school coordinator, at  for information on registering for the Yukon site.

Saskatchewan Public Health Association    

Manitoba Public Health Association          



Over the two days you will be introduced to complex adaptive systems (CAS) thinking, a branch of complexity science, and will learn how to take concept to practice to create innovative solutions to current issues public health & learn about effective population level interventions. Subtopics that will be covered will include Immunizations/Infectious Disease Response, Health Equity in Practice, Food Systems & Security, and Overdose Response/Safe Supplies.



Each half-day session will consist of a multi-site wide presentation, introducing the subtopic and how it relates to CAS, followed by a workshop component where participants at each site will take the concept to practice with the chance to work through real issues in public health collaboratively and finish with a feedback session where participants will engage in a knowledge exchange between the various sites. Both days will begin with an overview of CAS and complexity science and end with a recap of what was learned.



We will be releasing our preliminary agenda and scheduled speakers soon, please check back on the event page for more details as they are released. And don’t forget to tell your friends! Our overarching theme and subtopics will be the focus of our annual fall conference, happening on November 14th and 15th, 2019. If you are interested in presenting at our fall conference, we highly suggest attending the summer school to gain a thorough understanding of our theme.



If you are in Kelowna or Prince George and would like to volunteer for the summer school, please contact Christina at to learn about current volunteering opportunities. Victoria and Vancouver sites have already reached their volunteer limit, thank you to everyone who reached out to us.



We hope to see many of you this summer!

The Coalition for Healthy School Food

The Public Health Association of BC​ are proud new members of the Coalition for Healthy School Food​, supporting public investment in a universal, cost-shared school food program for all students across BC and Canada!

To learn more about the #NourishKidsNow campaign, sign up for updates, or become a member organization yourself, go to


Save the Date: PHABC’s 10th Annual Public Health Summer School – July 4th and 5th, 2019

the 10th annual public health summer school

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

July 4th & 5th, 2019

Registration is open now! Click here to register



It’s that time of year again! The Public Health Association is BC is excited to announce the dates of our 10th annual summer school, happening on July 4th and 5th, 2019 at the University of Victoria, University of BC, University of Northern BC and University of BC: Okanagan campus. Drawing practitioners of public health from around the province, PHABC’s annual public health summer school is a leading forum for inspiration, sharing, and learning on public health and health equity at the individual, health care system, and community levels.


The theme for the 2019 school is “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems”. The goal of this event is to bring together individuals involved directly or indirectly in the delivery of public health activities and introduce the topic of complex adaptive systems, what it is, and how it can be used to create innovative solutions to population level interventions in public health. Some sub-topics to be discussed include: Immunization & Infectious Disease Response, Food Systems & Security, Overdose Response/Safe Supplies and Health Equity in Practice.


We are excited to announce that this year we have partnered with the Saskatchewan Public Health Association, Manitoba Public Health Association, Yukon Public Health Community of Practice and the Public Health Agency of Canada to bring our summer school across most of western Canada via UBC’s WebEx videoconferencing technology. Our summer school is one of the only continuing education courses for public health. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest issues in public health, build your professional skill-set, network with likeminded individuals and find out how you can use complex adaptive systems thinking in your position to affect positive change!


Registration is on now, click here to register or copy the link below and paste it in your preferred browser. Save on registration as a member of PHABC and don’t forget to share the event with others who may be interested in attending. We are also offering a complimentary 1 year PHABC membership to all non-members who register for the event.


Following the format of last year’s summer school and fall conference; our chosen theme, integrated with the discussions held by participants at the summer school, will be used to help guide and inform the curriculum of our annual conference. Participants who attend the summer school are encouraged use what they learn to develop an abstract for consideration at the conference, happening from November 14th to 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Downtown Vancouver.


If you are interested in attending the summer school but cannot attend at one of the four main BC sites, please contact Christina Harding, summer school & project coordinator, at to see about setting up a remote site.


We are also looking for volunteers at each of our main sites, if you are interested in attending the summer school but the price of registration is not feasible please contact Christina to learn about volunteering opportunities.

We look forward to seeing all of you this summer!

Webinar: “UBC’s Learning for Life: Teaching Kids to Navigate Online Health Information and Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours”

The Public Health Association of BC, the BC Health Literacy Network and the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation, and Innovation presented a 1-hour webinar plus Q & A. The webinar, titled “UBC’s Learning for Life: Teaching Kids to Navigate Online Health Information  and Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours” took place on April 24th, and we are pleased to offer the video of the webinar for those who missed it.

Learning for Life is a dynamic, accessible, ready-to-use resource for grade 4-7 classrooms, developed by UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. This evidence-based resource has lesson plans for teachers and an interactive online resource for students. Learning for Life builds digital health literacy skills by teaching students to critically assess online health information and how to balance ‘screen time’ with healthy behaviours. The resources facilitate learning around five fundamental healthy behaviours: physical activity, healthy eating, sleep hygiene, stress management and social connectedness. Learning for Life seamlessly integrates into the new BC curriculum and extends curricular content.

This webinar session introduces Learning for Life and its resources, shares evidence of its impact on children’s health behaviours, and discusses how it integrates into everyday teaching.

View the video below.

Surrey school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF Canada

During a presentation at Senator Reid Elementary in Surrey on Tuesday, April 23, students announced during an assembly that they had answered 56,970 question and donated 3,255 vaccinations to UNICEF Canada. Students in five classes at Senator Reid Elementary have been using Kids Boost Immunity (KBI), which uses quizzes to earn vaccine donations, since the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year.

Full article and a video from the Peace Arch News can be found here:

National Immunization Awareness Week April 20-27

BC’s ongoing measles outbreak reminds us that high immunization rates are essential to ensure that vaccine-preventable diseases don’t come back.

National Immunization Awareness Week takes place from April 20-27 to celebrate the important role vaccines play in preserving and protecting public health. Being fully up-to-date with all of your immunizations is the best way to safeguard yourself and help protect those around you.

For more information read this press release from KidsBoostImmunity, IBoostImmunity, and ImmunizeBC.