New Regional Health Orders for the Central Okanagan

Due to a spike in cases, Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the central Okanagan. Vaccines are easily available at drop-in clinics and events listed at
Until the region sees a drop in cases and higher vaccination rates, the following guidelines will apply:
  • Masks are mandatory for all indoor public spaces.
  • Non-essential travel to the area should be avoided unless fully vaccinated (two weeks after your second dose).
  • People should be especially cautious with indoor and outdoor personal gatherings.
  • Testing will be available for anyone experiencing symptoms, and asymptomatic testing in areas with COVID-19 exposures will take place.

Call for Nominations: Board of Directors 2021-2023 – Join us Today!

The Public Health Association of British Columbia

Board of Directors

Call for Nominations

Now Accepting Applications for the 2021-2023 Term!!


Want to make a difference in British Columbia? Interested in creating safe, healthy and inclusive communities for all? Want to network with other like-minded individuals and advance the principles of public health in BC? If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions, please consider applying to become a Board Member for the Public Health Association of BC! The call for board nominations is now open!


We’re looking for a number of passionate public health professionals who are interested in joining the board of directors for the 2021-2023 term. This year we have 2 executive positions, Secretary (2 year term) & Treasurer (2 year term), and 4 Director-at-large positions (2 year term), available for current PHABC members to apply for. We are eager to see representation on the board that reflects the diversity of our province and includes individuals from each major geographic region of BC.


PHABC Board members are expected to participate in monthly board meetings via videoconference, attend the annual conference & AGM (in person if possible/permissible by current public health protocol), join at least one PHABC committee, contribute to the annual summer institute and conference, and promote and advocate for the association’s mission, vision and strategic goals.


To apply to be a board member, you will need to be a current PHABC member as of the date of application, complete the below attached application form and submit it alongside a short biography of yourself and two letters of support from current PHABC members outlining your suitability for a position on the board. NEW FOR 2021!! If you do not know the requisite two current PHABC members, you may submit your application for consideration to our nominations committee for review and approval.


The call for nominations will close at 11:59PM PDT on Sunday September 26th, 2021 and only e-mail applications are accepted. A member of the Governance Committee or the Board of Directors may contact a candidate to answer any further questions regarding their application. Should we receive a sufficient number of applications, a slate of candidates will be prepared and the election process will commence in early October 2021.


New board members will be announced during our Annual General Meeting, happening online via Zoom in late November. Please check back on the website for more information about the AGM as it is released.


If you have an questions about the application form, your membership status, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us at and we will be happy to help!


You can view the application form below. To download, click the ‘download‘ button on the bottom right, or click here.


We look forward to receiving your application!

We’re seeking members for the Nominations Committee!

We’re seeking members for the Nominations Committee!


The Nominations Committee reviews applications and provides nominations for individuals applying to the PHABC Board of Directors who do not have the requisite two nominators. Committee responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing application forms for potential board members; and
  • Providing nominations for any potential board members whose applications are consistent with PHABC’s vision, mission and mandate.

The Committee is made up of one Governance Committee member and between four and six general members of PHABC. Nominations committee members are excluded from running for the board during this election cycle to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Members selected to serve on the Nominations Committee will begin reviewing applications to the board in September 2021 and conclude their responsibilities in October 2021 prior to the election for the 2021-2023 PHABC Board of Directors.




You are eligible to serve on PHABC’s Nominations Committee if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older;
  • are a PHABC member in good standing (renew your membership online);
  • demonstrate integrity, inclusiveness and ethical conduct; and
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of PHABC’s vision, mission and mandate.


How to Apply

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Nominations Committee, we look forward to hearing from you. To apply, please email, highlighting the skills and experience you would bring to this role.

If you have questions about this committee or wish to contact a member of the Governance Committee, please feel free to email



The deadline to apply is 5:00pm on September 10th, 2021.

In Memoriam: Dr. C. James Frankish

In Memoriam

Dr. C. James Frankish


The Public Health Association of British Columbia was saddened to learn of the passing of our longtime friend, member, and PHABC Merit Award winner Dr. James Frankish.

Dr. Frankish had a passion and commitment to the promotion of public health. His distinguished career extended across three universities: the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria and lastly the University of British Columbia where he was Professor Emeritus at the School of Population and Public Health. He was an active mentor and educator to generations of public health professionals, having worked with students and colleagues from more than 34 disciplines. He was known to be a prolific researcher playing significant roles in more than 120 research projects.

As well as being a long serving member of PHABC, Dr. Frankish was also a well known community builder. He was also involved as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, worked with the Impact on Communities Coalition for the 2010 Olympics, led projects on “high risk youth”, trained street youth as “Lay Health Ambassadors”; and served as the President of the Board of the Vancouver Crisis Centre. Most recently he was asked to serve on Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addiction for the City of Vancouver. Throughout his career he has practiced a philosophy of collaboration and partnerships with communities and community organizations, participation of people from vulnerable population groups, and participation of students in community-service learning – all to apply research knowledge to resolve important issues, such as homelessness.

His knowledge and commitment to issues in vulnerable communities had been recognized by the Canadian Government and various national organizations.  He was sought after for both his professional public health and local community knowledge to join high-level Committees and Boards, such as the Advisory Committee of the National Collaborating Centre on Determinants of Health, the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research and the Board of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. He made significant contributions to the important work of all these bodies to improve the public health of people throughout British Columbia and across Canada.

The Public Health Association of British Columbia extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dr. James Frankish. His loss will be felt not only by those within our community, but across British Columbia, Canada and the public health academic world he loved so much.