Expert Advisory Panel on Specialized Populations
An Expert Advisory Panel on Specialized Populations has been set up to review results, monitor data and ensure that clients from specialized populations are receiving the services they need.
The Expert Advisory Panel on Specialized Populations is able to identify the numbers of clients receiving specialized services and oversee the program from the perspective of eight specialized populations:
- People with disabilities.
- People with multiple barriers.
- Survivors of violence or abuse.
- Aboriginal peoples.
- People living in rural and remote locations.
Expert Advisory Panel on Specialized Populations Member Bios
Chris R. Arnold – Terrace
Chris Arnold is the Clinical Director of the Provincial Networking Group Inc. Previously, he was the Group Home Manager with Thompson Community Services. Active in the community, he is a volunteer HUB committee member with BC EmployNet and a former committee member with BC Association of Community Living Employment Committee. Mr. Arnold previously served as a board member and Treasurer with ASPECT and HEA, a US non profit organization. He holds his Instructor Diploma in Post Secondary from Vancouver Community College.
Darrell Burnham (Chair) – Port Moody
Darrell Burnham is the Executive Director of Coast Mental Health. Previously, he was the Executive Director and Administrative Director of SHARE Family and Community Services. Active in the community, he is a Director of Youth Services with the Rotary Club of Port Moody and a Leadership Council Member of Government Non-Profit Initiative. Previously, Mr. Burnham was an Instructor with Rotary Pacific Northwest Presidents Elect Training Seminar, an Assistant Governor with Rotary District 5050, a member with Persons with Disability Advisory Committee, and a member of the Mental Health and Addiction Services Policy Investigative Team. In addition, he served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance and Human Resource Committees with the Health Employers Association of BC. Mr. Burnham holds his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology and his Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Kristina A. Fairholm – Victoria
Kristina Fairholm is the Director of Social Enterprise, Policy and Planning and a Strategic Policy Advisor with Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network. In addition, she is a Course Instructor in the Social Dimensions of Sustainability at Simon Fraser University. Previously, Ms. Fairholm was the Community Grants Manager and a Social Enterprise Contractor with Vancity Community Foundation. Prior to that, she was a Business Development Coordinator with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Burnaby Branch. Active in the community, Ms. Fairholm is a Social Enterprise Consultant with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion. Previously, she was a Homelessness Fund Consultant with the Vancity Community Foundation, the Founder and Coordinator of Downtown Eastside Women’s Leadership Network with the Potluck Cafe Society, a Sustainability Event Organizer with 30 Days of Sustainability, and a committee member with the Canadian National Conference on Social Enterprise. Ms. Fairholm holds her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, her Diploma in International Business Management from Capilano College, and her Master of Arts in International Leadership from Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Joe McLaughlin – Surrey
Dr. Joe McLaughlin is the Educational Consultant of McLaughlin Educational Consulting Service. He was the Dean of Deaf Studies and Special Services at the Ohlone College in Freemont, California from 2004 to 2008. With over 20 years experience in educational leadership, Dr. McLaughlin has taken on various roles and responsibilities including Teacher, Counsellor, Vice Principal, and Sessional Lecturer for the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. Internationally, he has been involved with an Alberta/Malaysia partnership and also has done work in England. Dr. McLaughlin has held numerous memberships in various organizations and has given presentations in the area of team building, leadership skills, and overcoming obstacles in New Zealand, India, Malaysia, and England. He holds his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Master of Arts in Education and Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. McLaughlin received his Ed.D. degree in Higher Education from Alliant International University in San Francisco, CA in June, 2010.
Ted Ockenden - Kamloops
Ted Ockenden is a Regional Manager with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. Active in his community, Mr. Ockenden is Chair of Operation Red Nose in Kamloops. Mr. Ockenden holds his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a certificate in Leadership Learning from Simon Fraser University.
Buncy Pagely - Saanichton
Buncy Pagely is an active volunteer in Canada, BC, and in her own city of Victoria. In the past, she has served on the College of Registered Nurses of BC, College of Dieticians of BC, and the Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice Committee, and served as a volunteer at the BC Tourism Information Center as a Travel Counselor for 8 years. In addition, Ms. Pagely served as a member on the College of Chiropractors of BC and on their Ethics and Discipline Committee; a Liaison/Chair for the Cairns, Australia Organization (Sister City of Sidney, BC), and a volunteer on a team for the Tsawout First Nations Health Centre. She also initiated the Sidney, BC School Twinning Program. Ms. Pagely was elected to the Saanich Peninsula Health Association as the Community Liaison with the First Nations Bands in Saanich Peninsula in regards to health care issues. Ms. Pagely opened the 1st Diabetes Health Care Center for the Songhees First Nations Band in Victoria. She was a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Panel, Capital Health Region and a founding member of the BC Council for the Family, Greater Victoria Multicultural Women's Association, and Commonwealth Nations Committee for the Victoria Commonwealth Games Society in addition to serving on their Board of Governors. She was appointed to the International Woodworkers Credit Union Board of Directors in Victoria. Ms. Pagely was the sole proprietor of Pagely Consulting-Coordinating educational health programs on cancer and heart disease. She is the recipient of the Queens' Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal; an honouree and recipient of the Emily Carr Award, Women of the Year Award, and Federal Volunteer Service Award; and the recipient of the Honorary Citizen Award from the City of Victoria for her years of community service to the advancement of multiculturalism. Ms. Pagely was honoured in 2005 with the Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award for her 45 years of community service. She is the first Indo-Canadian woman to receive this award. In addition, she received the Mary Ozlins' Award for Community Work and Loyalty in 2007.
Xiaoxu (Freeman) Qu – Fort St. John
Freeman Qu is the Chief Physiotherapist and Rehabilitation Manager with Northern Health in Fort St. John. Previously, he was a Staff Physiotherapist with Interior Health in Kelowna and a self employed Physiotherapist Consultant in Toronto. Active in the community, Mr. Qu is a committee member with the Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee in Fort St. John and a former Director with the College of Physical Therapists of BC. He holds his Bachelor of Medicine from Beijing Medical University in China and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in Iowa.
Daryl Rock - Vancouver
Prior to his retirement, Daryl Rock was the Associate Director of Knowledge Exchange with the Canadian Council on Learning. Previously, he was the Director of Strategic Programs with the Government of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Assistant Director of Skills Development with Human Resources Development Canada. Active in his community, Mr. Rock is a board Member of the Healthy Aboriginal Network, a Member and Past-Chair of Freedom at Depth Canada, and past Committee Chair and Chairman of the Board of the Rick Hansen Institute. Mr. Rock authored the publication Making a Difference: Profiles in Abilities. Mr. Rock holds his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and his Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University.
Christine Sotteau – Vancouver
Christine Sotteau is the Executive Director of Le Fédération des Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB). Previously, she was a Government Relations and Research Coordinator with FFCB and the Executive Director of Le Boussole Community Center. Active in the community, she is a member of the Canadian Club. Ms. Sotteau holds her Bachelor of Arts in English from La Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Laverne C. Thompson – Vancouver
Laverne Thompson is Faculty in the Developmental Studies Department at Capilano University. Previously, she was Faculty in the Therapeutic Recreation Program with Douglas College. Active in the community, she is a member, Co-Treasurer, and former Chair with the Disability Resource Network. Previously, Ms. Thompson served as a Co-ordinator with the Access Work Experience Programs at Capilano University, a member and Chair of the Vancouver District Parents Advisory Council, and a member of the Inner City Parent Advisory Council. She holds her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, her Teaching Certificate from Simon Fraser University, and her Master of Education from Lesley University.
Thomas Y.O. Yeung – Richmond
Thomas Yeung was the Director of Employment Services with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Previously, he was a Services Coordinator with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and prior to that, a lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong. Active in the community, Mr. Yeung served as a Community Services Advisor with the Salvation Army, a Director with the BC Career Development Association, a Governor with the Canadian Career Development Foundation, and an Advisor with the Regional Ethno-cultural Advisory Committee with the National Parole Board. Professionally, he is a member of the BC Career Development Association and a life member with the Hong Kong Social Workers’ Association. Mr. Yeung holds his Bachelor of Social Science and his Master of Social Work with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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