We are deeply grateful to our On the Map Project Advisory Committee, who have been extremely supportive of the project and have been providing us guidance and advise throughout the planning and into the implementation of the project.
Ken Blackburn, BFA, MFA | Director, Campbell River Arts Council, Campbell River, BC: Ken is a visual artist and works across a wide range of mediums, including drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance. Through his work, Ken explores the relationship of contemporary art to current social issues. As the Director of the Campbell River Arts Council, he is currently leading an effort to see local art become an integrated part of the new Campbell River Hospital.
Joan Bottorff, PhD, RN | Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC: Joan is one of Canada’s leading scientists in the field of health behavior. She is currently a Professor in the School of Nursing and Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, University of British Columbia Okanagan, and has been the recipient of a UBC Distinguished University Scholar Award and a CIHR Investigator Award. She co-leads two very successful research units and has developed active research programs in tobacco control, cancer screening and health promotion. Dr. Bottorff is well known for her expertise in qualitative research methods.
Belinda Boyd | Community Engagement Leader, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, BC: Belinda is a member of the Community Engagement team of Vancouver Coastal Health. With over 25 years of experience, in the not-for-profit health sector and community based volunteering, Belinda has honed an understanding of the social determinants of health and the mechanisms needed to improve outcomes.
Mary Chernoff, Dipl. I.D., | Principal, In-House Design Services Ltd. , New Westminster, BC: After studying languages at SFU and working in the advertising industry, Mary returned to design school and established In-House Design Services in 1992. She has specialized in health care design since then. She’s been on Kwantlen College’s Interior Design Advisory Committee, has taught Visual Design Fundamentals for Kwantlen Continuing Education, mentored design students and participated in NCIDQ’s exam writing committee.
Sarah DeLeeuw, PhD | Research Director, Health Arts Research Centre, Prince George, BC: Sarah is a creative writer and human geographer, an Associate Professor with the UNBC’s northern medical program and the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She is also a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Investigator Scholar and a Research Associate with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health. Her academic research focuses on health inequities, creative arts, colonial power and Indigenous peoples. She is the author of three books, including the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Award winning Geographies of a Lover. She is also a two time recipient of the CBC Literary Prize for non-fiction.
Sana Fakih, MPH | Leader Diversity Education, Fraser Health Authority, Surrey, BC: Sana is a recent graduate of UBC’s Master of Public Health program. As a Diversity Education Leader for Fraser Health Authority she works to increase the capacity of diversity and cultural competency in health care to provide culturally sensitive and decrease diversity-related inequities.
Neil Harrower | Executive Director, Arts BC, Nelson, BC: Neil has worked in arts administration since 1995 with such organizations as Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and Granville Island's Waterfront Theatre, Ballet BC and the BC Touring Council. As ED for Arts BC, Neil is responsible for the general management of the provincial arts service organization with a mandate to support, develop and promote the role that arts and culture take in building sustainable, vibrant and economically diverse communities.
Bev Holmes, PhD | Vice President, Research & Impact, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver, BC: Bev’s portfolio at MSFHR includes funding programs, projects, knowledge translation, and impact analysis. She and her team run MSFHR's research competitions, and both lead and facilitate various projects aimed at strengthening BC's health research enterprise. Through their knowledge translation work, they focus on increasing the use of health research evidence in practice and policy. For a more detailed bio, click here
Vicki Kelly, PhD | Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC: Vicki is an Assistant Professor in SFU’s Faculty of Education. Her research interests are in holistic and aesthetic education as well as indigenous education. Her focus is on indigenous knowledge and epistemologies, indigenous language and culture revitalization, holistic learning, the integration of the arts in education, art therapy, transformative education, and spirituality in education.
Guenther Kruger, PhD | Burnaby, BC: Guenther has a long-standing interest in a variety of health-related issues. A former nurse, he has been working as a medical writer for the past 14 years. He is also an author and researcher, primarily using qualitative approaches. His doctoral work examined families who have experienced Sudden Infant Death, with an emphasis on how they use technology such as the internet in order to restructure their lives. He is currently involved in clinical research at BC Children’s Hospital.
Monique Lacerte-Roth, BA | Community Arts Development & Partnerships Officer, BC Arts Council, Victoria, BC: At the BC Arts Council, Monique is responsible for Community Arts Councils, Regional Initiatives, Scholarships, Community Festivals and Community Projects as well as the newer (2005) Arts-Based Community Development Program. Previously she was ehe Executive Director of the Campbell River Community Arts Council on Vancouver Island. During that time she served on the Board of the Pacific Region Arts Council and later on the Assembly of BC Arts Councils, and was its President from 2002 until the Spring of 2005.
Lynda LeFleur | Community Liaison, Columbia Basin Trust, Arts Health BC Board Member, Castlegar, BC: After completing a BA in Political Science at University of Toronto Lynda escaped to BC where she has lived in 22 communities with a variety of work experiences. From Vancouver Island, East andWest Kootenays, Northeast and Northwest (including Haida Gwaii), the Okanagan, Shuswap and Cariboo regions, experiences have varied.
Sue Popesku | Arts Health BC Board Member, Fort St John, BC: Dedicated to helping the arts flourish in Fort St. John, Sue has been part of many lasting initiatives for more arts and cultural events in the Peace Region. Sue is currently working with Stage North Theatre Society and has been known to help a variety of community groups with fundraising and board development.
Suzanne Strutt, CEO, BC Recreation & Parks Association, Vancouver, BC: In addition to her role with BCRPA, Suzanne serves on the BC Healthy Living Alliance, the Executive of the National Fitness Leadership Alliance, the Healthy Built Environment Alliance of BC, the Seniors Healthy Living Advisory Network of the provincial government and as the BC representative on the National Recreation Agenda Working Group. For a more detailed bio, click here.