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.



Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Conference

PHABC is proud to be the local host agency for the Farm to Cafeteria Canada national conference May 15-17 in Victoria BC. The MC and featured speakers have been announced. To read their bios and more info on the conference go here:

Also, get the early bird registration rate while you still can:

Webinar: Food Literacy: From Concept to Practice

How does “Food Literacy” relate to “Health Literacy” and how do you implement it in practice? This webinar took place on February 13, 2019, and we are pleased to offer a powerpoint presentation and audio file from the webinar for those who missed it.

The webinar began with a background and introduction by Irv Rootman, Chair of the B.C. Health Literacy Networks and was followed by a discussions on Food Literacy—an evolving sub-concept of health literacy — by Doris Gillis, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human Nutrition at St. Francis Xavier University,  Food Literacy in Classrooms by Richard Han, Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC program and the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupon Program by Peter LeBlanc, Program Manager of BC Association of Farmer’s Market, and finally, a Q & A session.

Download a powerpoint presentation from the webinar HERE

You can listen to the audio from the webinar below.


Provincial Health Officer Releases Public Health Report

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial heath officer (PHO), has released the report, Taking the Pulse of the Population: An Update on the Health of British Columbians.

The report shows that overall, British Columbians’ health is good by many accepted measures. Diabetes incidence, mortality due to preventable causes, smoking during pregnancy and the incidence of hepatitis C all continue to decrease.

“We have made important progress in many areas of health in recent years,” said Henry
“However, not all British Columbians are experiencing these improvements, and there remain important differences in health status based on region of the province, between sexes and by age. As well, there are some measures where we are actually losing ground.”

Focus and action are needed in several areas to address worsening trends:

  •  the disparities in life expectancy between local health areas;
  • fruit and vegetable consumption as a marker of healthy eating;
  • early childhood development; and
  • hazardous drinking behaviours.

“More targeted health prevention and promotion programs will help close those gaps and reverse worsening trends,” said Henry. “Other social and economic factors, such as income, housing and early childhood education play an important role in people’s health and wellbeing. Collaborations across all levels of government, health authorities and other health partners will be key to achieving our goal of a healthier B.C.”

There are seven recommendations to the Ministry of Health, health authorities and partners to advance public health in British Columbia. The recommendations are:

  1. Establish a legislated health in all policies approach in B.C., using a health impact assessment model that includes a requirement for assessing health and equity impacts for all proposed, new or revised policy, legislation or programming across the B.C. government.
  2. Develop and implement a comprehensive health-promotion strategy that recognizes sexand gender-specific health needs, and supports all gender identities and sexual orientations through appropriately targeted interventions.
  3. Increase support for government programs and policies across government that focus on health among women (including pregnant and post-partum women), children, youth and families.
  4. Increase the focus on illness and injury prevention, as well as health promotion, for people living in rural and remote areas.
  5. Develop a more robust and meaningful population health and public health surveillance system. This includes reviewing the performance measures in BC’s Guiding Framework for Public Health, identifying new or revised measures, and establishing regular and ongoing public health reporting.
  6. Establish more relevant and applicable performance measures to monitor environmental health. This includes establishing and/or further developing mechanisms to monitor air, water, soil and food supplies, as well as the health impacts of climate change.
  7. Commit to increasing the proportion of health authority budgets allocated to population and public health to 6%.

The impacts of increased alcohol consumption and of the opioid overdose crisis were two areas of challenge identified in the development of this report. A review of the provincial alcohol policy and the impact of the opioid overdose crisis will be examined in detail in future PHO reports.

“Understanding the health status of British Columbians is critical to effective program planning,” said Dr. Gord Miller, president, Public Health Association of BC. “The Public Health Association of BC welcomes the provincial health officer’s report. This population health report is an essential tool for addressing health inequalities and ensuring that health programs meet the real needs of our citizens.”

To read the full report go HERE

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.