Mental Health Review Board
Tess Acton is a lawyer who works with people all around the world on their immigration, refugee, and Canadian citizenship law matters. Currently, she works as an Associate Lawyer at Embarkation Law Corporation. She represents clients with all types of permanent and temporary applications to Canada, including family sponsorship applications and appeals, refugee hearings and appeals, Federal Court applications, humanitarian and compassionate applications, temporary and permanent resident applications, and applications and appeals with criminal, security, and medical admissibility issues. Ms. Acton is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, and the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. She is the Vice Chair of the Excellence in Literacy Foundation, a Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, and an active volunteer with Access Pro Bono. She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and her Master of Laws from the University of Victoria.
Philip Adilman is a Psychiatrist for the Vancouver Adult Forensic Clinic and the Prince George Forensic Clinic and a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of BC. Prior to that, he was a Psychiatrist for Surrey Forensic Clinic. Previously, Dr. Adilman was a psychiatric consultant for the Vancouver Pre-trial Centre and the Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre. He was the Deputy Director of Clinical Services for Forensic Psychiatric Services, the Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief for the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Clinical Director for the BC Youth Development Centre and Director of the Adolescent Services for Vancouver General Hospital. In addition, Dr. Adilman previously owned a psychiatry practice in Vancouver for children and adolescence, and later, adult and young adult psychiatry. He is a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the BC Medical Association and a member of the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Adilman holds his Doctor in Medicine for the University of Saskatchewan and his Bachelor of Arts both from the University of Saskatchewan. He also completed his board certification in psychiatry in the US.
Anil Aggarwal is currently an Associate with Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP. His practice is litigation based and mainly focuses matters pertaining to strata governance. He has appeared before various levels of Court and Tribunals. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Aggarwal worked as a Border Services Officer (BSO) with the Canada Border Services Agency. As a BSO, He conducted port of entry examinations to ensure traveller compliance with the Customs Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Criminal Code and other various Acts of Parliament. Mr. Aggarwal serves as a Member of the Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal. He is a former Registration Committee Member for the BC College of Nursing Professionals and former Committee Member of the College of Pharmacists of BC. Mr. Aggarwal obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and his J.D. from the University of British Columbia.
Yasin Amlani is a corporate and real estate Lawyer. After serving as Managing Partner at a suburban law firm, he moved on to operate his own law practice, including serving as an advisor to various professional and business alliances. He now practices part-time while also advising as a business and legal consultant. His previous work experience also includes serving as a regional franchise coordinator for a national Canadian franchise as well as in-house consultant to a Fortune 500 financial services company. Active in his community, Mr. Amlani serves as the Honorary Secretary (Vice Chair) of the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board for Canada, preparing and overseeing objectives, strategies, and budgets, and supervising all portfolios, staff and volunteers. He has held various senior positions on volunteer Boards, including as Honorary Secretary (Vice President) of the Ismaili Council for BC, and as a Member of the Conciliation and Arbitration Board for BC. Mr. Amlani received his Bachelor of Science, specialization in Mathematical and Life Sciences, and Law degrees from the University of British Columbia. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Joshua (Josh) Hall Apland
Joshua Apland is a social worker with practice experience in the area of mental health and addiction. Mr. Apland worked as a legal advocate for Community Legal Assistance Society for six years before going back to school to obtain his Masters Degree. While completing his Masters Degree, Mr. Apland participated in an internship with Fraser Health exploring mental health and substance use (MHSU) client experiences with services as well as an internship with BC Cancer Agency in the Patient and Family Counseling Clinic. Prior to his position with Community Legal Assistance Society, he worked as a Community Mental Health Worker for the Coast Mental Health Foundation. Mr. Apland currently holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.
Susan Atwal is an experienced Lawyer in Washington State and currently working as an Articled Student with Robert L. Dick in New Westminster, B.C. Prior to this, Ms. Atwal has worked as a Paralegal with Hartstorne and Mehl, Gautam and Associates, and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. She has practiced in the areas of criminal and civil litigation, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Ms. Atwal holds a Bachelor of Criminology from Simon Fraser University and her Juris Doctor from the Seattle University School of Law.
Kathryn Beck works as an Integration Support Teacher with the Surrey School District. There she helps students living with various disabilities. Prior to her role with the Surrey School District, she worked as an English Language Learners (ELL) Instructor and Activity Supervisor with the New Westminster School District. Active in her community, Ms. Beck volunteers as a Mentor Teacher with the Surrey School District Mentorship Program. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary and is currently working on completing her Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Special Education from Queen's University.
Jacqueline Antoinette Beltgens
Jacqueline Beltgens is a former Law Professor from the Beijing Foreign Students University. She has been in-house counsel and in private practice in Vancouver and Victoria with a broad background in civil and administrative law. Active in her community, Ms. Beltgens is currently a member of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the B.C. Mental Health Review Board. Previously, she was a member with the Saanich Police Board and the Victoria Foundation for B.C. Children's Hospital. Ms. Beltgens is currently a board member of Restorative Justice Victoria, and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. She completed her mediation training at Harvard Law School's Program on negotiation in 2019. Ms. Beltgens attended the University of British Columbia for undergraduate studies in international relations and obtained a Juris Doctor in Law. She also has a Diploma of Technology (Engineering) from the B.C. Institute of Technology.
Dr. Johann Brink is a medico-legal consultant and Clinical Professor and Head at Forensic Psychiatry at University of British Columbia. Dr. Brink is also an Adjunct professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Active in his community, he serves as the mental health and law expert on the Advisory Council of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Mental Health Task Force. Dr. Brink is also a member of the Panel of Assessors in Dangerous and Long-Term Offender Applications. Previously, he served as a Member of the Criminal Code Review Board of BC from 1997 until 2001, when he joined the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission as a psychiatrist and Director of Research. Dr. Brink became Clinical Director and later Vice President of Medical Affairs & Research for BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, a program of the PHSA. He is a licensed psychiatrist in BC and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Brink also holds a Medical Degree from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Arts Honours (cum laude) in Philosophy and a from the University of South Africa.
Joan Bubbs is an established lawyer who with a strong track record in litigation has an appreciation for the complexities in administrative law and procedure. She has developed a specialty in the mental health field having served as a member and Alternate Chairperson of the British Columbia (Criminal Code) Review Board from 1992 to 1999. Active in her community, she was the Vice Chair of the Health Care Consent Review Board, a member of the Sunshine Theatre Society board and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation board. Ms. Bubbs holds her Education Certification, her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. Ms. Bubbs resides in Kelowna, BC.
Leslie (Ralph) R. Buckley
Mr. Buckley has a unique understanding of mentally ill people and their circumstances after a 25 year career as team leader for the community mental health team in the downtown eastside. His participation on our board since his retirement in March 2005 has been characterized by a combination of considerable common sense and vast specialized risk assessment experience. Mr. Buckley consistently contributes sound, mature judgment and helpful dialogue to the joint decision-making process.In the past, Mr. Buckley was a Team Director and Senior Mental Health Worker frot he Strathcona Mental Health Team. He was also a family counselor for the Family Services of Greater Vancouver, and a Psychiatric Social Worker at St. Pauls Hospital. Active in his community, Mr. Buckley was previously the President of the Health Sciences Association, board member for the Lookout Emergency Aid Society and a member of the Mental Patients Association board.
Roger Cardinal is a founding partner of Cardinal Law. Before establishing the firm in 1977, he practiced law both as a sole practitioner and as a partner in Heath Cardinal from 1973 through 1976. Mr. Cardinal has taught articling lawyers as a guest instructor in the Professional Legal Training Course, and also is an occasional guest instructor at the University of Victoria's School of Social Work. He has served as an executive member of the Victoria Bar Association and sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society for more than 10 years. Mr. Cardinal is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria.
Marilyn L. Carey is currently retired. Earlier, Ms. Carey held a number of positions with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, including FRIEDS Provincial Parent Coordinator, Mental Health Clinician and Infant Development Consultant. Ms. Carey holds an Early Childhood Education Certificate from Capilano College, a Bachelor of Arts from University of Victoria and a Masters Degree from Royal Roads University.
Dr. Kenmau Chow is a psychiatric physician currently Royal Columbian Hospital, and Timber Creek Mental Health Facility. Previously, he had his own general practice in North Vancouver. Active in his community he volunteers with Sport Climbing BC. Dr. Chow holds his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and his medical doctorate from the University of British Columbia.
Ryan Clements is a lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of criminal and quasi-criminal litigation. He began his legal career in the field of constitutional law at the Department of Justice Canada. He has since worked as a Crown Counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and as an Associate Discipline Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario. Mr. Clements now maintains a trial and appellate criminal law practice throughout the Northwest Territories. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario and the Northwest Territories and has also appeared before the review boards in those jurisdictions, the tribunals established under Part XX.1 of the Criminal Code. He has had occasion to give continuing legal education presentations in the areas of both administrative and criminal law. Mr. Clements is a former volunteer for the Ontario Justice Education Network. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto.
Douglas (Doug) Scott Cochran
Douglas Cochran is a Lawyer with many years of experience primarily in the areas of Family, Personal Injury and Criminal Law. Previously, Mr. Cochran taught in the Institute for Paralegal Studies at Capilano University. He is an Adjudicator on two Provincial Government Boards as well as being appointed as the Lay Member of the Ethics Committee of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. He was also a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Appeal Board of Canada. Active in his community, Mr. Cochran currently serves as a Member of the Mental Health Review Board and P.L.E.A. Community Services Association of British Columbia. Previously, he was the Coach for the University of British Columbia's Law moot team. Cochran holds his Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and his Master of Arts and Teaching Degree from Simon Fraser University.
Francis (Frank) Weeden Cole
Frank Cole recently retired from his role as Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Mr. Cole was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1996 and later appointed Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Yukon 2011. Prior to his position with the Supreme Court, Mr. Cole Practiced law in Vernon for 25 years. At that time, he was actively involved with the Vernon Community. He served as a Member and President of the Vernon and District Association, as a member of the North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society and he was elected to the School Board of Vernon for two terms. Mr. Cole holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Linda Cross currently serves as a Mentor for the Parole Board of Canada. She started her career as Youth Worker, a Probation Officer, and a Counselor at community residential facilities before going on to become an Adjudicator. She has served as an Arbitrator for the B.C. Residential Tenancy Branch, as a member of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and most recently as a member of the Parole Board of Canada. Ms. Cross has taught community college courses in criminology, sociology, and business administration. She was a lay member of the Vernon and Area Health Services Bioethics Committee for which she served terms as Secretary and Chair. Ms. Cross holds a Masters Degree in Criminology.
Rena Dhir has 10 years of experience working as a Board Member for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). She was appointed to the IRB as a Board Member for the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) then later transferred to the Refugee Appeals Division (RAD). Prior to her work as a Board Member, Ms. Dhir worked as a Controller and Senior Accountant for various companies in the Vancouver area. She also completed the Immigration Consulting program at the University of British Columbia and established her own immigration consulting company. Ms. Dhir is actively involved in many charities and enjoys giving back to the community through various fundraising initiatives. Currently, she volunteers as a Fundraising and Event Volunteer for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Ms. Dhir completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of British Columbia and successfully obtained her accounting designation as a CGA (now CPA).
Michael Denis Dionne is the founder of two start-up companies, Peace Country Thermal Imaging Ltd. and Peace Country Filtration. Previously, he was a Branch Supervisor with Weir Canada Inc. In the community, Mr. Dionne is the Chair of the Dawson Creek and District Library Board of Trustees. In addition, he was a Governor on the Northern Lights College. He holds his Diploma of Marketing Management from the BC Institute of Technology.
Arlene Doll is a former Arbitrator who provided contract services to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Ms. Doll started as an Associate Lawyer with Fraser & Beatty in Vancouver: practicing banking, real estate, commercial and corporate law. Ms. Doll is a member of the Mental Health Review Board, past chair of the Residential Tenancy Arbitrators Association, and past secretary of the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Doll is a member of the Law Society of BC and the Canadian Bar Association. She has published her work in journals and student newsletters. Ms. Doll has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts with a psychology major from the University of British Columbia. She also has taken courses in counselling psychology and administrative management to further her education.
Denise Drew works as a casual psychiatric nurse at Langley Memorial Hospital. Previously, she was employed at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, where she worked within two maximum security wards and the discharge unit where she helped individuals reintegrate back into society. Mr. Drew worked in the refractory ward with acute psychiatrically ill clients at Riverview Hospital until its closure in 2012. Ms. Drew is a member of the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC. She completed her advanced diploma in psychiatric nursing from Douglas College, and her diploma in psychiatric nursing from the BC Institute of Technology.
Robyn Laurie Richard Durling
Robyn Durling most recently served as the co-director and communications director for the BC Human Rights Clinic. Previously, Mr. Durling worked as an advocate for the BC Human Rights Coalition; a director, announcer and producer for Poolwest/Maxx Media/Z95.3; a manager of licensing and A&R at ModernGroove; and a course developer for Capilano College. Active within his community, he is a director for BullyFreeBC. Mr. Durling holds twelve certificates in labour law from Capilano University and his Associate of Arts and Science degree from the University of British Columbia/Athabasca University/Capilano University. Mr. Durling also holds his Juris Doctor from Newport University.
Dr. Stan Eaman is a retired Psychiatrist.. Previously he was the Director of Emergency Psychiatric Services at McMaster University Faculty of Health Services, and Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry. In his community, Dr. Eaman was the Chair of the Restorative Justice Society of North Okanagan and a board member of the Mental Illness Family Support Center.
Peggy Firstbrook is currently a retired psychiatrist. Previously she worked in a private practice and as a consultant to various community-based teams serving children and youth. Active in her community, Ms. Firstbrook previously was Chair, Governance committee, and Board of directors for the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She holds a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Ottawa, a Medical Degree from the University of Ottawa, and completed a Clinical Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Beverly Froese is currently a Lawyer and sole practitioner at Froese Law Office, and a Part-time Member of both the BC Mental Health Review Board and the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Previously, she has worked as a Sessional Instructor at Okanagan College, Penticton Campus, a Human Rights Officer for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and Staff Attorney at Public Interest Law Centre. Active in her community, Ms. Froese is a current Board Member with the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties as well as LEAF Manitoba (a Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund). She is also a former Council Member for the Manitoba Bar Association and the Community Unemployed Help Centre in Winnipeg. Miss Froese holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Law from Louisiana State University.
Sue Garries is retired from her role as a staff educator and development leader for Vancouver Coastal Health for the Vancouver Community Mental Health and Substance Use (VCMHSU) services. Previously, she was a manager for two mental health facilities, Venture and Trout Lake Tertiary Unit, within Vancouver Coastal Mental Health. She was also nurse for Lions Gate Hospital, Magnolia House, C.R.E.S.S.T. and a family support worker for Chesterfield House Society. Ms. Garries completed her Master of Arts in Leadership (Health) from Royal Roads University, her diploma in Psychiatric Nursing from Douglas College and her Early Childhood Education certificate (special needs) from Capilano College.
Michelle Good is the Principal Lawyer at Michelle Good & Company. In addition to practicing law, she is also a writer. Her legal experience includes working as Legal Counsel for Fulton & Company, Justice Canada and Rush Crane Guenther. She worked as a sessional instructor, and taught at the En'owkin Centre in Penticton and at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She also worked as an articled student in an area of employment and labour law as well as representing Residential School Survivors. Ms. Good has significant administrative law experience regarding property assessment and is a member of four First Nation Taxation Assessment Appeal Review Boards. Ms. Good received a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.
Jane Goundry is currently a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She worked in BC healthcare for over 25 years as a Staff Anesthesiologist for Chilliwack General Hospital, Langley General Hospital, and Peace Arch Hospital. Active in her community, Ms. Goundry was the Chief of Anesthesia and a Member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Chilliwack General Hospital, Langley General Hospital, and Peace Arch Hospital as well as Chair and apart of the Local Medical Advisory Committee for Peace Arch Hospital. She holds a Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and completed an Internship all with the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Helen Gowans is a retired Physiotherapist. Previously, she was a casual replacement in acute and extended care units at Lion's Gate Hospital and a long term care Physiotherapist at St. Vincent's Hospitals at Langara. Active in the community, Ms. Gowans volunteers her time with various organizations including the One to One Literacy Society, Nature Vancouver Camp Committee, Amnesty International Chapter 52, Providence Health Care, Jericho Stewardship Group, and the Vancouver Folk Festival. Ms. Gowans holds her Diploma in Physiotherapy from the University of Manitoba and her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation from the University of British Columbia.
Robert Alexander Griffiths
Dr. Robert Griffiths had a career as an Emergency Physician at Richmond General Hospital for 32 years. During this time, he had stints as the BC Ambulance liaison for Richmond, Clinical Head of the Emergency Department and a part time Cruise Boat Physician. Active in the medical community, he currently serves the BC College of Physicians. Dr. Griffiths holds his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, his Bachelor of Arts in Music, and his Medical Doctorate from the University of British Columbia.
Laura Hall currently serves as a Board Member for the Parole Board of Canada. She began her career working with at risk youth in Ontario before moving to British Columbia to do more in depth work with street involved youth and addictions. She joined Family Services of Greater Vancouver, a community-based not-for-profit organization providing social services to children, youth, adults, and families across British Columbia's lower mainland. At Family Services of Greater Vancouver, she held a number of leadership positions, including managing numerous community service programs in Richmond, BC. Ms. Hall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Natalie Hebert is a self practicing lawyer based in Kamloops. Previously, she was a lawyer for the Rockies Law Corporation and a city counselor for the City of Williams Lake. She completed her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba, her Bachelor of Arts from Trinity Western University and her Associate of Arts Degree from the University College of Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University).
Roger Higgins is a Financial Consultant at Investors Group. Prior to this, Mr. Higgins was a Mortgage Specialist at Investors Group and a Branch Manager at North American Trust Company. Active in his community, Mr. Higgins is a Chair and also a past Secretary/Treasurer of Kootenay Lake Foundation, and a past President and past Treasurer of Nelson Daybreak Rotary. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of British Columbia and is a designated Certified Financial Planner.
Gillian Mary Murchie Hodge
Dr. Gillian Hodge is a former Locum Physician at Riverview Hospital and a former Locum Physician in the Fraser Valley area of BC, mainly for general practitioners. Dr. Gillian Hodge spends 3 months of every year doing volunteer medical work in South Africa. Previously, she had a full time medical practice in Terrace from 1976 to 2001, at which time she retired. She holds her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Librarianship from the University of Cape Town and completed her medical training in the UK.
Marie Ingram is a member with the Mental Health Review Board and a Hatha/Kundadalini Instructor. In the past, she served as a member on the BC Civil Liberties Association. Having sat on more than 600 review panels as a patient appointee since 2000, she has developed a solid knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act criteria and review panel procedures. In the community, Ms. Ingram served as a volunteer with the Salvation Army, BC Schizophrenia Society, and St. James Community Service Society.
Dr. Arun Jagdeo is a psychiatrist maintains active psychiatric practice at a large regional hospital in Toronto, Ontario, and works in British Columbia in a busy community-based practice at sites throughout the lower mainland. He is clinical faculty at the University of British Columbia. He is a board member at the BC Psychiatric Association and holds a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor of Arts with University Gold Medal from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Manitoba. He completed residency at the University of British Columbia and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is past president and Vice President of the Resident Doctors of BC. Dr. Jagdeo has been recognized for patient advocacy from a number of organizations, including the Doctors of BC and the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Guy Joly has been working for Ultima Medical Services since he retired from his position as a family doctor at Southgate Medical Clinic in Nanaimo. Prior to that, he was a Chief of Staff for Omineca Medical Clinic. Involved in his community, He is a past Director for Nanaimo Corrections. Dr. Joly holds is Bachelor of Science and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta. He completed his residency at Vancouver General Hospital and completed his certification in family practice from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Ralph Willian Miller Jones
Dr. Ralph Jones has worked for 37 years as an Independent General Practitioner throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Previously he worked in the United Kingdom in various roles including Senior House Officer Anesthetics, Senior House Officer Gynaecology, Senior House Officer Obstetrics just to name a few. Active in his Community, Dr. Jones is currently serving as a Member of the Doctors of British Columbia (BC), the Section of General Practice BC, and the Canadian Medical Protective Association, and as Director of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack. Dr. Jones has received Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners from the United Kingdom, a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Birmingham Medical School, and the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.
Noriko Kawaguchi is currently a mediator for the Canadian Human Rights Commission. In the past she has worked as a mediator for the BC Human Rights Tribunal, Peaceful Planet Consulting and Mediate BC. In Alberta she worked for the Alberta Human Rights Commission as a mediator, investigator and researcher. Other employment includes: instructor for Parenting After Separation Workshops run by the Ministry of Justice; fitness instructor; scientific researcher and program coordinator for an immigrant/refugee serving organization. Ms. Kawaguchi holds her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta as well as her mediation certification from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
Theresa Kerin is the former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Children and Families BC. She has held a number of Assistant Deputy Minister positions with the British Columbia Government including responsibilities for welfare policy and community living services to adults with development disabilities. After leaving government she acted as a consultant to governments and health authorities on a wide range of issues including services to adults with fetal alcohol syndrome and strategic planning for electronic health record. Active in her community, Ms. Kerin serves as an English Language Class Assistant for the Inter Cultural Association Victoria. Ms. Kerin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manchester as well as a Master of Arts and a Fine Arts Diploma from the University of Victoria.
Beth Kibur is an experienced family law and litigation lawyer. Previously she was Associate Lawyer at HGR Graham Partners LLP, Mentor at Ryerson University LLP, and Staff Lawyer at Legal Aid Ontario. Active in her community, Ms. Kibur is currently a Steering Committee Member for the BC Food Systems Network. Previously she was Member of the Rotary Club of Orillia, Treasurer of the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyers Associate, and President of the Orillia Lawyers Associate. She holds a Bachelors Degree completed at York University and a Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Adriana (Ingrid) Ingrid Kolsteren
Ingrid Kolsteren has been a community member on the Mental Health Board for many years. She is a retired Adult Education instructor with over 25 years teaching at Vancouver Community College. She has worked as a union representative handling member issues, grievances and negotiations. Active in her community, Ms. Kolsteren is currently Vice President of Britannia Community Service Center, Chair of the Arts and Culture committee and a Fringe Festival Volunteer. She is a former Member of the City of Vancouver's Women's Advisory Committee and a Women Transforming Cities board member. Ms. Kolsteren is a trained mediator and holds a Diploma in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia, a Masters in Social Work from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Diane Lamb is very familiar with the provincial mental health system and the circumstances of mentally ill people as a result of her extensive research and policy work in forensic psychiatric services. She has strong knowledge of the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation. She has quasi-judicial decision-making exposure from her experiences with the BC Review Board and the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Stewart Lamon is an inpatient general psychiatrist for the St. Joseph’s Hospital. Previously, Mr. Lamon was a mental health physician in Port Alberni and a clinical director for the psychiatry unit for the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace, BC. In the past, Dr. Lamon worked in family practice locums in rural areas such as Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Merritt, BC. He also worked in an indigenous community in Ile a la Crosse, Saskatchewan. Dr. Lamon is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the BC Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Protective Association. He completed his Doctor of Medicine and his premedical studies in biology both from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Lamon holds his Bachelor of Education and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. In addition, he completed his enhanced skills training in psychiatry from the University of BC and his Certification in Family Medicine from Dalhousie University.
Anne Elizabeth Leclerc is a semi-retired physiotherapist with Providence Health Care. Her job experience since joining Providence Health Care includes working in tertiary mental health settings in Vancouver including the Alder Neuro-Psychiatric Unit and Parkview Older Adult unit. Previously, she worked as the Manager of the Rehabilitation Department at Mills Memorial Hospital, where she was responsible for the therapy program for the 52-bed hospital, which included a 10-bed psychiatric unit. Active in her community, her past volunteer jobs include working for her professional association, provincial regulatory board, union (as site occupational health and safety representative), and jobs such as alpine chair for the Shames Mountain Ski Club and 2010 Paralympics. Ms. Leclerc attended McGill University in Montreal and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and obtained a Master of Rehabilitation Science Degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). In addition, she holds a Diploma in Disability Management from Simon Fraser University, and a Certificate in Project Management from UBC.
Loraine Lee is the former Assistant Vice President of Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. Recently, Ms. Lee was the President and Operator of Romanoff Home Ltd. Earlier. Ms. Lee practiced law under Lee and Associates. Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Law from University of Victoria.
Douglas (Doug) Alan LePard
Doug LePard recently retired from his position as Chief Officer with the Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Mr. LePard served in the Vancouver Police Department for 35 years, retiring as Deputy Chief. He currently serves as Director for the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. Previously, he served as a Board Member for the Transit Police Board and as a Committee member for the Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for BC. His awards include an Attorney General’s award for service to victims, a Lieutenant Governor’s medal for bravery, recognition from the Ending the Violence Association of BC “For Outstanding Contributions Towards Ending Violence Against Women in BC”, a medal from the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and the Governor General’s medal for academic excellence. In 2012 he was invested by the Governor General as an Officer of the Order of Merit for the Police Forces, and in 2013 was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and an Master of Arts from the University of the Fraser Valley.
Elena Lisiak currently serves as a Member of the Mental Health Review Board and recently retired from clinical practice. Previously, she was an Adult Consulting Psychiatrist for the Richmond Mental Health Team. In addition, she was an Adult Consulting Psychiatrist for the Midtown Mental Health Team, the S.A.F.E.R. Suicide Counseling Services of Greater Vancouver and Northern Health Authority. Ms. Lisiak was a Team Physician Leader for Midtown Mental Health Team and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of BC. She holds her Doctor in Medicine from Slovakia and graduated from the University of BC with a specialty in Psychiatry.
Irene Lyttle is a retired social worker from the North Shore. Prior to her retirement, she was a Research Co-ordinator for The Frail Seniors Project at North Shore Health and past Manager of Social Work Services for Lions Gate Hospital. Active in the community, she occasionally serves the Immigration and Refugee Board. Previously, she served as a Member of the North Shore Community Foundation for many years. Ms. Lyttle holds her Masters in Social Work, her Bachelors in Social Work and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of BC (UBC).
Jeannie MacPherson has a social work background and has worked in a variety of positions during her career, for both non-profit and government organizations, that worked toward improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society. She has provided direct support to individuals and families, as well as systemic advocacy and policy development for children and families that are involved in the child welfare system. Ms. MacPherson is currently retired from her most recent job as a senior policy analyst with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. She holds a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Social work from the University of British Columbia.
Marie-Noël Suzanne Caroline Virginie Clériade Magda (Campbell)
Marie-Noël Campbell was the Program Manager for The Access Pro Bono Society of BC. There, she co-founded the Mental Health Program and was responsible for the Residential Tenancy Program. She was also an active member of the Association des Juristes d’Expression Française de la Colombie-Britannique and she volunteered with the Tenant Resource & Advocacy Centre. Ms. Campbell holds a Master of Law degree in Business Law from the University of Paris X-Nanterre and a Master of Laws in American Business Law from Tulane Law School. She also attended the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law while on exchange.
William (Bill) Lawrence Maurice
Dr. Maurice, a psychiatrist, has regularly served as a medical member of the Mental Health Review Board since his retirement from the UBC Department of Psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from McGill University and completed his psychiatric education at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, including study with the well-known sex researchers, Masters & Johnson. Dr. Maurice returned to Canada in 1970 and began a clinic in Sexual Medicine within the UBC Department of Psychiatry and in later years, developed a special clinic within the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Service for mentally ill patients who also had sexual concerns. As well as teaching Sexual Medicine to medical students and psychiatric residents, he coordinated a course in Communication Skills for first year medical students, was a member of the Committee on Physician Sexual Misconduct of the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons, became President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, President of the US based Society for Sex Therapy & Research, and author of the award-winning text, “Sexual Medicine In Primary Care”.
Heather McDonald currently acts as a part-time Consultant assisting employers and their lawyers in these areas. She was a member of the Law Society of British Columbia for 37 years, practising for over 30 years as an administrative tribunal decision-maker on tribunals involved in labour relations, workers’ compensation, freedom of information/privacy and professional regulatory issues. She is also the co-author of "Workers’ Compensation in British Columbia", a comprehensive legal textbook available from LexisNexis Canada. Currently, she is a member of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals and formerly one of their instructors. Active in the community, she is the Chair of the Richmond Family & Youth Court Committee and a member of the board of directors of Connections Community Services Society. She enjoys running and volunteering with the Forever Young Club and singing with other sopranos in the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus. She is also a published writer of short fiction, an important part of her life. Ms. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.
Renee McFadyen is a currently retired. Previously, Ms. McFadyen was a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in admission, assessment and discharge wards. Ms. McFadyen completed Registered Psychiatric Nursing Program at BCIT.
Doris Muldowney was a Family Counsellor with Dawson Creek Catholic Social Services Society in Dawson Creek, BC, where she provided individual, couples and family counselling services for many years to a wide range of adult and youth clients. Previously, Ms. Muldowney worked as a Skills Teaching Specialist for Mental Health Services, a community-based psychiatric rehabilitation program of the YM-YWCA of Winnipeg, MB, where she delivered a broad spectrum of individualized and group-based psychosocial rehabilitation services for adult clients recovering from severe and persistent mental illness. Previously, Ms. Muldowney volunteered with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Unity House and the Regional Mental Health Advisory Committee (Northern Lights Region) to the Alberta Mental Health Board. Ms. Muldowney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (With Distinction) from Athabasca University and a Master of Education in Counselling from the University of Manitoba. Ms. Muldowney is a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Dr. Murray is a well respected and experienced retired psychiatrist who is well versed with decision making in accordance with the statutory criteria in the Mental Health Act and with review panel procedure. His most recent current work focused on certified patients on extended leave in the community.
Saverio (Sam) Natalie Naccarato
Dr. Naccarato has extensive experience in the mental health field and has shown exceptional skill and diligence in his contribution to review panels. As a general practitioner with more than 17 years experience working in a variety of difficult psychiatry settings, he has participated in more than 400 review panels as a case presenter and hospital appointee. He brings to the work a wealth of experience in decision making under the Mental Health Act.
With a distinguished academic background, ongoing research activities and publications in psychiatry Dr. Ngan combines an outstanding scholarly background with extensive practical psychiatric experience. He has been involved in the treatment of many patients detained in mental health facilities and has extensive practical experience of review panel issues and procedures. Dr. Ngan has presented the hospital's case for continued involuntary detention before numerous review panels and he has also been appointed to panels as a hospital appointed member. He is currently a psychiatrist and assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and actively involved in the treatment of patients at the University Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital.
Roni Pagliuso was the Assistant Director with Adult Centre Operations Branch of Correctional Services Division of JSG. Throughout her career, she served on numerous provincial and national committees addressing a wide spectrum of community safety and corrections issues focusing on Indigenous, multicultural and gender challenges. She served more than 24 years as a Probation Officer and Senior Probation Officer. She was also the Manager of Program and Development Support with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Public Security Division (JSG). Active in her community, Ms. Pagliuso is the Past President of the Alberta Criminal Justice Association and has served on the Justice of the Peace, Edmonton Board Hearing Office Roundtable Committee. Ms. Pagliuso has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University and Associate of Arts Diploma in Criminology from Camosun College.
Sri Pendakur is a Registered Social Worker with more than 30 years of professional and volunteer experience in Mental Health and Addiction Services ranging from the front line to senior management. He has filled multiple roles over his working career including Acute Care Social Worker, Community Mental Health Case Manager, Professional Practice Lead and Manager. He is a strong supporter of peer support and family involvement and has extensive knowledge and expertise in cross cultural mental health. Mr. Pendakur is active with the Mental Health Commission of Canada serving on the Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-cultural and Racialized Population Committee and has previously volunteered at both Provincial and National levels with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Additionally, he served on the Board of the BC College of Social Workers and is a long-time member of the BC Association of Social Workers and is active with their Multicultural Concerns & Anti-Racism Committee. Mr. Pendakur holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from the University of British Columbia.
Jennifer Pfliger is the Manager of Housing and Support Services for the Okanagan Mental Health Society. She is extremely familiar with provincial mental health systems and has direct contact with mental health consumers, coordinating and advocating the provision of rehabilitation and housing services for the mentally ill. She has a degree in psychology and direct experience of decision-making according to the statutory criteria in the Mental Health Act.
Adam Picotte is a Lawyer with considerable experience in both labour and worker's compensation law. Aside from his legal practice, he serves as a Member of the Social Security Tribunal of Canada. Mr. Picotte has served as a member of various administrative tribunals, including the Employment Assistance Appeal Tribunal. Active in his community, Mr. Picotte serves as a Legal Volunteer Adviser to CHIMO Crisis Services providing advice and assistance involving administrative law matters. Mr. Picotte holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. In addition, he has his certified disability management professional designation through the Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management.
Wayne Plenert is Owner of Peacebuilder Mediation. Previously Mr. Plenert was Partner with Versions of Plenert and Company. Active in his community, he is a Member of the Mental Health Review Board. Previously, Mr. Plenert was a Director of the British Columbia Mediation Roster Society, the Lakeview Credit Union, and the Peace Energy Cooperative. He also was Vice-Chair of Dawson Creek District Hospital. Mr. Plenert holds a Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, a Bachelor of Law from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts in History from Bethel College in Kansas, and a Bachelor of Theology from the Canadian Mennonite Bible College.
Dr. Kim Polowek is a Criminologist and Associate Professor with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley. Dr. Polowek is also a Board Member in the Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board and a Board Member with the British Columbia Review Board. Previously she was a Board member of the Parole Board of Canad, a Director of Research and a Probation Officer with the Ministry of Attorney General. Active in her community, Dr. Polowek is a Board Member with Police Judo, a Research Director with Odd Squad Productions Society and an Ethics Board Member with the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Previously she was a Board Member of the Port Moody Police Board and Keys Housing and Health Solutions. Dr. Polowek holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology, a Masters of Arts in Criminology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology from Simon Fraser University.
Dale Pope, Q.C. is self employed in a practice of counsel work and mediation. Previously, he was Counsel to the Davis LLP law firm and a senior member of its Alternate Dispute Resolution and Pacific Affairs Practice Groups. His expertise involves regulatory and administrative board proceedings, and civil litigation in many areas. Mr. Pope has been appointed Standing Agent of the Attorney General of Canada and has been the presiding officer to many Competition Act administrative proceedings. His regulatory experience also includes being Counsel for BC Tel at the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC), Counsel for West Kootenay Power at the BC Utilities Commission, and Counsel for commercial property assessments at the Property Assessment Appeal Board. Active in the community, he served as Chair for the Vancouver Public Library Trust, and a member of the Touchstone Theatre Society Board and the Molson Indy Vancouver Advisory Group. He currently serves as a member of the Property Assessment Appeal Board, a member of Cedars Society and Director of Octopus Technologies Inc. Mr. Pope holds his Bachelor of Arts and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.
June Preston has had a distinguished career as a Social Worker. She has served 25 years as the Director of Family Education Services for the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health (VIHA). She has also taught at Camosun College and the University of Victoria. A very active member of the British Columbia Association of Social Workers, she was the Victoria chapter’s Social Worker of the Year in 1988. June has served on the Dean of Human and Social Development’s Advisory Committee and the School of Social Work Advisory Committee at the University of Victoria. She was appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria for six years, has been a Member of the Oak Bay Police Board, and she is an appointed Life Bencher for the Law Society of British Columbia. Currently she serves as a member of the Member BC Mental Health Review, Family Services of Greater Victoria Board and as a Committee Member at Appointed Vancouver Foundation, Child, Youth and Family Committee. Ms. Preston holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary
John Angus (Gus) Richardson
From 1986 until 1997 Gus Richardson was the Director of Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services of BC. His background is in the risk assessment of mentally ill people and with mental health systems. Currently, he is the Proprietor of Majar Human Resources which provides consulting serves to groups and agencies seeking assistance. Active in the community, he is a member of the Mental Health Review Board and Past President of the John Howard Society in the Central and South Okanagan. Previously, he served as a Director on a variety of boards including the BC Association for Community Living, the Kindale Developmental Society, the Lookout Emergency Services Society, and the BC Criminal Justice Association as Past President. Mr. Richardson holds his Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Sir George Williams University and his Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary.
Joseph (Joe) John Rodgers
Joe Rodgers has extensive experience in community safety, public policy and administrative law. He has served as Executive Director, Edmonton Police Commission and Executive Director, Alberta Solicitor General and Public Safety. Prior to this, he had a long progressive career with the Edmonton Police Service. Mr. Rodgers has also been appointed to a wide variety boards, commissions and quasi-judicial tribunals. He has served on disciplinary tribunals for the 30 self-governing colleges under the Alberta Health Professions Act, the Alberta Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission, the Alberta Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act Appeal Panel (Vice-chair), the Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services Authority Board, the Professional Conduct Committee under the Alberta Teaching Profession Act, the Alberta Students Finance Board (Chair) and the Edmonton Community Lottery Board (Chair). He is currently a member of the British Columbia Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal. Mr. Rodgers received his Public Administration Certificate from the University of Alberta.
Ms. Rogers-Rainey is the Facilitator for the Comox Valley Senior Peer Counsellors Caregivers Support Group. She is the former Executive Director and Founder of the Comox Valley Advocacy Centre where she worked extensively with administrative law issues such as income assistance, landlord tenancy, mental health, appeals and tribunals.
Glenn Rosenfeld is a former practicing Lawyer, a Human Resources Consultant, and a Career Coach. His legal background includes experience as a Lawyer in private practice and as counsel for the Department of Justice Canada. He has acted as counsel at judicial review applications and has represented clients before administrative tribunals. Mr. Rosenfeld holds a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Michael Wilburn Rosenfeld
Dr. Michael Rosenfeld is a retired Family Physician. Previously, he worked as a Consultant for BC Youth Development Centre BC and as a Clinical Medical Consultant for a Division of the Burnaby Mental Health. Dr. Rosenfeld holds his Bachelor of Biochemistry and his Masters of Science in Neurochemistry from McGill University. He holds his Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia and his Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada from the College of Family Practice.
Dr. Robert Sawatzky retired as Mayor of the City of Vernon in 2014. Previously, he was a Physician in Family Practice in Vernon, B.C. between 1990 and 2011. Active in his community, Dr. Sawatzky is President of the Vernon Senior Curling Club, a member of Restorative Justice Society of North Okanagan, and is a Director for Turning Points Collaborative (formally John Howard Society). Previously, he has been President of Ribbons of Green Trails Society, Boy Scouts in Dalhousie and was a member of the Dalhousie Rotary Club. Dr. Sawatzky holds a Medical Degree from the University of Saskatchewan with Distinction.
Christine (Chris) Anne Shumka
Chris Shumka is currently retired. She was a registered nurse who worked in many capacities including Critical Care, Community Nursing, Extended Care nursing, Clinical Nurse educator and Director of Health Services Acute care. Active in her community she volunteers for several community events and is a Volunteer with the Hospice Society and holds a Director position at the Cranbrook Golf Club. Ms. Shumka holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Victoria and was a LEAN Management Consultant for Interior Health.
Bonnie Mary Small served as an Adjudicator for the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. She also served as a Justice of the Peace for the Nova Scotia Provincial Court and chaired for the human rights Board of Inquiries in Nova Scotia. Active in her community, Ms. Small is a Piano Accompanist with the Amaryllis Choir. Previously, she was a Judge for Debate Competitions and volunteered for the Island Gymnastics Academy in the Prince Edward Islands. She also volunteered for the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. She holds a law degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Arts and Education degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Linda Jeanne Smerychynski
Linda Smerychynski is currently a District Electoral Officer with Elections BC. Prior to her retirement, she was a Court Administrator and Justice of the Peace for the BC Ministry of the Attorney General. Active in her community, Ms. Smerychynski has served as an elected official with the City of Vernon; Chair of the Economic Development Association of Masset; Chair of the Masset Transition House; Chair of the Okanagan College Advisory in Vernon; Vice Chair of the College of New Caledonia Board in Prince George and a Member of the Multi-Culture Association in Vernon. Presently, she serves as a Volunteer for numerous community organizations in Prince George. Ms. Smerychynski attended both Okanagan College and Vancouver Community College.
Allen Soroka is currently a member of the BC Mental Health Act Review Board. Previously he was Chair of the BC Benefits Appeal Tribunal. He is also a retired Assistant Law Librarian for the University of BC Law Library. He holds his degree in Librarianship from Columbia University, his Law degree from the University of Virginia Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
Oleg Tomchenko retired as a lawyer after a 38-year career. He was a founding and senior partner of BTM Lawyers LLP (formerly Burke Tomchenkio Duprat). During his career he practiced in various areas but his latter concentrations were in business and intellectual property law providing service to clients in private and not for profit sectors. He was also a Registered Trade Mark Agent. Active in his community he served as a Member of the Economic Development Committee of the City of Port Moody, a Member of the Advisory Planning Committee of the Village of Anmore, was the founding and long time Chair of the Rotary Club of Port Moody Foundation, and an original Director of the Rainbow Foundation, Canada. Mr. Tomchenko holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology and a Bachelor of Laws both from the University of British Columbia and a certificate in International Intellectual Property Law from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Peter Uhlmann is a Psychiatrist for Powell River Mental Health Care. He is also a Psychiatric consultant for communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Previously, he was a locum consultant psychiatrist with the Stanton Territorial Hospital in the Northwest Territories and a consultant psychiatrist with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Dr. Uhlmann holds his medical degree from the University of Illinois.
Diana Juricevic is the Chair of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Before joining the Tribunal, Ms. Juricevic practiced international criminal law in the Netherlands and Cambodia. She was also an adjunct professor and Acting Director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law where she taught several courses. At the outset of her career, she practiced litigation at a large national law firm in Toronto. Ms. Juricevic has served on several boards, including most recently, the Board of Trustees at the University of Toronto's Trinity College and L'Association des juristes d'expression française de la Colombie-Britannique. In 2007, Ms. Juricevic was named by the Women's Executive Network as one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada". She holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Economics degree from the University of Toronto as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the same institution.
Cheryl Vickers is currently an Associate Counsel for the Lex Pacifica Law Corporation. Previously she was Associate for Raphanel Cantillon, Barristeres and Solicitors and for Schroeder Pidgeon, Barristers and Solicitors. Active is her community, Ms. Vickers is Chair of Surface Rights Board. Previously she was Chair, Vice-Chair, and Member of the Property Assessment Appeal Board. Ms. Vickers holds a Bachelors Degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as a Bachelors of Law from the University of Victoria.
Sharel Wallace is the Controller for Independent Respiratory Services Inc. Previously she was an accountant at Yule Anderson. She holds her Certified Management Accountant designation, and her Certified Professional Accountant designation.
Theresa Walsh is a lawyer who has served primarily as an adjudicator for about 20 years: this includes being an adjudicator for the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, as well as the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) and the Ontario Social Assistance Review Board (SARB). She has also appeared as a lawyer on behalf of her clients before such boards as the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board, as well as the courts. She has been a Member of the PBC Training Committee, as well as an Adjudicator Trainer for SARB, and a Public Law Instructor for Bar Admission student. She was called to the Bar after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, she has is a Member in Good Standing with the Law Society of B.C.
Karl Frederick Warner, Q.C.
Karl Frederick Warner, Q.C. serves as a Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator at Warner Associates as well as an Adjudicator for the Provincial Court of BC in its continuing Simplified Trial program. Previously, Mr. Warner served the federal Department of Justice until he was invited to join Braidwood, Nuttal in Vancouver where he engaged in a general litigation practice both criminal and civil. Since then, he evolved toward a personal injury and insurance practice where he had conduct of many catastrophic injury law suits as well defended many major loss insurance claims of all types for, inter alia, ICBC and other major liability insurers. Later he taught various courses for the trial lawyers and the Continuing Legal Education Society and was appointed Bencher of the Law Society of BC. Mr. Warner was a Member and Chair of various Law Society Committees including Audit, Discipline, Credentials and was placed on the Executive Committee. He then was elected and served as President/ Master Treasurer for the year 2000. Mr. Warner holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba.
Peter Warner is retired as Associate Counsel at Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP in Prince George. Peter specialized in business acquisitions, financing, corporate and commercial law, employment Law, contract disputes, leasing and First Nations Severalty claims. Peter has served on the City of Prince George Special Grants Committee, Downtown Parking Commission and as a Director on the College of New Caledonia Board. Professionally he has served as President of the Cariboo Bar Association, Director of the Canadian Bar Association, Bencher for the Law Society and a Governor of the Law Foundation, having served on numerous committees. During his years at the Law Society he chaired and participated in many hearings. He holds his Bachelor of Arts degree from SFU, his Bachelor of Laws is from UBC, was called to the BC Bar in 1977 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997.
Dr. John A. Watt is currently a consultant psychiatrist for Veterans Affairs Canada in Victoria. Previously, Mr. Watt was a mental health clinic psychiatrist at the Department of National Defense in Esquimalt, a consultant psychiatrist of Viewpoint Medical Services and a staff psychiatrist at the Community Mental Health Clinic in Guelph. In his community, Mr. Watt was a member of the Homewood Health Centre board. He is a certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives. Mr. Watt is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. He holds his Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Ms. Williams has an extensive background as a community volunteer worker and is familiar with provincial mental health systems. Her past experience includes work as a mental health researcher with the Canadian Mental Health Association and positions as a home support worker with the Skeleem Head Injury Recovery Centre and, more recently, as an in home caregiver for a brain injured person.
Dr. Kum Wong retired as a locum physician at Riverview Hospital. He has over 30 years of experience in the mental health system with a full time practice previously at Riverview Hospital in the adult and geriatric program at the hospital. Dr. Wong holds his Medical Doctorate from the University of Manitoba.
Lisa Wong is the Registrar at the Mental Health Review Board. Previously, she was a Contract Manager at the Immigration and WelcomeBC Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. Previously, she held several positions at the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal, including Legal Researcher and Appeal Assessor. In her community, Ms. Wong is a member of the Riley Park/South Cambie CityPlan Committee, as well as Little Mountain Community Advisory Group. She holds her Master of Laws from Dalhousie University, and her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia.