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.



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.


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.

Call for Abstracts – Canadian Association on Gerontology’s 47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting


Canadian Association on Gerontology

47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting

CAG2018: Making It Matter Mobilizing Aging Research, Practice & Policy

October 18-20, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Canadian Association on Gerontology is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for CAG2018: Making It Matter: Mobilizing Aging Research, Practice & Policy, October 18-20, 2018 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Join us for Canada’s premier multidisciplinary conference for those interested in individual and population aging.  Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and all interests in aging, including research, practice, policy and related work.  International submissions are encouraged.  We are also pleased to offer the CIHR-IA Student Poster Competition and student travel assistance grants.

Abstracts are due by April 16, 2018.

For more information, including discounted room rates at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, please visit

CAG2018 is hosted by the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University (


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Farm to Cafeteria Canada – Raise the salad bar in BC schools Call for Projects

PHABC - Public Health Association of BC







January 18, 2018 – The Public Health Association of British Columbia, Farm to Cafeteria Canada and the Whole Kids Foundation are launching a call for projects for schools that want to make student access to healthy, local and sustainable food a priority. Thanks to a new panCanadian Farm to School Canada Grant program led by Farm to Cafeteria Canada, up to 5 grants (valued at up to $10,000 each) are available for schools in British Columbia that wish to engage students in a Farm to School salad bar progra.


“Farm to Cafeteria Canada is an important partner of the Public Health Association of British Columbia in ensuring children in British Columbia have access to healthy and nutritious food. We welcome their collaboration and are thrilled to be working so closely with federal government and other jurisdictions in the country” say Shannon Turner, Executive Director, Public Health Association of British Columbia.


“There is a food revolution afoot in Canadian schools. Parents, teachers, students, and food service workers are clamouring for a fresh local crunch in school lunch and local farmers and fishers are eager to deliver. We are excited about the opportunity to continue to seed, feed, and watch this movement grow!” says Joanne Bays, National Manager Farm to Cafeteria Canada.


The application deadline is March 31, 2018. For more information about the grant program and to see the inspiring stories from past grantees visit: Farm to School: A growing movement
Farm to Cafeteria Canada is proud to champion the national Farm to School movement. F2CC works closely with the Public Health Association of BC, the lead agency spearheading Farm to School efforts in British Columbia. Today, more than 11,000 schools and campuses across the country are providing more than 750,000 students with an opportunity to experience Farm to School through school gardens, cooking programs, salad bars and many other activities. These schools and campuses estimate they spend nearly $16 million annually on local food.
The national Farm to School Canada Grant program was created as a partnership between the Whole Kids Foundation (WFK) and Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC). To date, the WKF has invested over $1 million in this program designed to support school communities in their endeavours to get more healthy local foods on the minds and on the plates of students. F2CC is the national agency delivering the Farm to School Canada Grant program.


For more information:

Richard Han

Provincial Manager



Joanne Bays

National Manager Farm to Cafeteria Canada



Please click here to view the Call for Projects

Call for Papers: Why Public Health Matters Today

Exploring the health, social, economic, political and other value of population and public health

The Canadian Journal of Public Health invites submissions to a special section on Why public health matters today that explore, and provide evidence for, the value of public health to Canada today. We encourage a range of contributions, including: health, social, economic and political analyses; rigorous commentaries containing cogent/robust analysis; research informed by a range of theoretical perspectives; work that explores the value of public health for various communities; and research conducted at local, regional, provincial and national levels. We also welcome international studies that would be relevant to Canada, as we believe Canada has much to learn from other countries.

Deadline for full manuscript submissions: 1 June 2018

Anticipated publication: Early 2019

Please consult the complete call for papers for details.

CPHA Online Survey – Open until December 15th, 2017


Online survey: Understanding professional development needs related to sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), sexual health and harm reduction in Canada

Are you a health or social service provider? If so, CPHA is interested in hearing from you about your learning and professional development needs related to sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), sexual health and harm reduction. Our online survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete and all responses will be kept confidential. This survey will help inform the work of CPHA and its many community partners and ensure that its sexual health, harm reduction and STBBI related professional development tools and resources are responsive to service providers’ needs.

Sondage en ligne: Comprendre les besoins de développement professionnel liés aux infections transmissibles sexuellement et par le sang (ITSS), à la santé sexuelle et à la réduction des méfaits au Canada

Vous dispensez des services sociaux ou de santé? Si oui, l’ACSP aimerait connaître vos besoins d’apprentissage et de développement professionnel en lien avec les infections transmissibles sexuellement et par le sang (ITSS), la santé sexuelle et la réduction des méfaits. Notre sondage en ligne prend de 10 à 15 minutes à remplir, et toutes les réponses resteront confidentielles. Les résultats du sondage viendront éclairer le travail de l’ACSP et de ses nombreux partenaires associatifs pour que leurs outils et ressources de développement professionnel sur la santé sexuelle, la réduction des méfaits et les ITSS répondent aux besoins des dispensateurs de services.