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:

Conference 2018: Thank you to Everyone Involved & Enter to Win a Free Pass to our 2019 Conference!

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

Thank you to everyone who made PHABC conference 2018 the best one yet!
Take the conference evaluation survey by December 1st, 2018 and be entered to win a free entry to our 2019 conference!



Another successful PHABC conference is in the books and we couldn’t have hosted such an excellent one without the support from all of our sponsors, the dedication from our volunteers, PHABC staff and Scientific Program Committee members, and of course, the quality presentations from all of our outstanding speakers. Thank you all for helping to create a welcoming and supportive environment where people from all over could network and share ideas on how to foster safe and inclusive communities. We hope you can take what you learned over those two days back to your respective communities and effect positive change across BC and beyond.



If you attended this year’s conference and would like to help us make next year’s conference even better please consider completing our conference evaluation survey before 11:59pm on Saturday December 1st 2018 and be entered to win free entry to next year’s PHABC conference. To complete the survey click here or copy the link below:


All survey responses are anonymized and you will be directed to a separate page once you complete the survey where you can enter your name and email into the draw. We will be notifying the winner of the free 2019 conference entry by mid-December.



If you were unable to make the conference this year but would like to learn more about what was presented, we will be posting a number of presentations to our website in the coming weeks once we receive permission from their authors. Please keep an eye out for when those will be available, we will send out a notice when they have been uploaded. We hope they will provide you with some inspiration for your work!



We would like to thank all our sponsor’s for this year’s conference and their support in making the premier public health event of the season even better! Without them we would not be able to host this event year after year and we are eternally grateful for their support and commitment to public health in BC and beyond.

Platinum Sponsors Silver Sponsors
Community Action Initiative Nurse & Nurse Practitioners of BC
Ministry of Health Doctors of BC
Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement Northern Health
Interior Health
Gold Sponsors BC Centre for Disease Control
First Nations Health Authority PosAbilities
Vancouver Coastal Health Red Cross Canada
Bridge 4 Health


If you are interested in sponsoring our next PHABC event please contact our conference coordinator, Christina at, to hear about upcoming sponsorship opportunities. Sponsoring one of our events will show that your organization is committed to supporting public health professionals who want to increase their capacity for creating healthy, safe and inclusive communities.



Thank you again to everyone who made this year’s conference possible! We hope everyone has a safe and happy rest of 2018 and don’t forget that together we can make a fair and healthy British Columbia for all.

Thank You to our 2019 Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous contributions to our 2019 Conference, Building Safe and Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach. 

Thanks also to our stellar lineup of speakers and presenters, as well as our Conference Coordinator, Christina Harding, our Events Coordinator, Sarah Dyer, and our Executive Director, Shannon Turner for their hard work and dedication to ensure the success of this conference.