Driving Positive Change in BC
Our staff, made up of a group of part-time experts, is responsible for implementing Pain BC’s policies and driving action. They report to the Board of Directors and manage our day-to-day operations. Pain BC's work also wouldn't be possible without our dedicated volunteers - faculty, board members, event volunteers,
Committee members, and patient leaders.
Job Title: Executive Director
Maria joined Pain BC in June 2010 as the inaugural Executive Director. With two decades of experience in community development and systems change, Maria contributes specialized guidance to achieve tangible results. Most of her work has involved mobilizing communities, democratizing organizations and advancing progressive agendas through policy change and program development.
Maria is honoured to be a part of the growth and development of this exciting and much needed organization.
Job Title: Director, Education and Engagement
Jen leads Pain BC’s education initiatives and oversees the organization’s work to catalyse change and build capacity among patients and providers in BC communities. She also drove the development of Live Plan Be, Pain BC’s unique online self-management tool. Jen has worked in post-secondary, professional education, and technology for almost two decades. She is very proud to be part of Pain BC.
Job Title: Director, Strategic Initiatives
Nicki leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of Pain BC’s strategic initiatives, including those emerging from the 2017 Provincial Pain Summit. Building on her two decades of experience in strategic and operational planning and implementation, Nicki engages Pain BC’s extensive network and community to conceptualize each project as part of a system and plan strategically for optimum processes, outputs, and outcomes.
Job Title: Community Engagement Lead
Jamie engages rural and remote communities to develop local pain programming and supports. This bottom-up approach allows communities to benefit from pain programs that serve their unique needs. Jamie comes from a strong communications background and has an interest in the health care and environmental sustainability sectors. She is passionate about Pain BC's mandate and is proud to be part of an organization that makes such an impact on underserved communities across BC.
Job Title: Education Lead
Leah is the driver behind Pain BC's education for people in pain and health care providers. Working with patients, faculty and subject matter experts, she injects innovation and engagement into workshops, webinars, presentations, and multimedia learning resources. Leah brings 15+ years' experience in education and training and a passion for strategic integration of online platforms (such as the Constituent Relationship Management, website, and Learning Management Systems).
Job Title: Communications Lead
Kat leads Pain BC’s communications initiatives. She brings more than a decade of experience in communicating for progressive non-profits, with a particular focus on marginalized communities including those living with HIV, poverty, substance use and mental illness. She has worked as a journalist, writing for local and international publications, and has contributed to guidebooks on food and travel. She is proud to contribute to Pain BC's significant efforts to transform the way pain is understood and treated in BC.
Job Title: Communications Coordinator
Sim supports Pain BC’s communications efforts, including managing its social media presence and its websites painbc.ca and liveplanbe.ca. She hosts the monthly Pain Waves podcast, which brings together leading experts on pain-related topics and people living with pain. Sim brings years of experience in providing patient-facing support and services to diverse populations, including those living with mental illnesses, substance use, HIV and poverty, as well as rural populations and university students.