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Heather Boersma

Heather is an experienced leader who is driven by her passion to improve systems through innovative practices. She has had numerous leadership roles within the health authorities and the ministry of health. She is currently the Regional Director -Virtual Health at Vancouver Coastal Health in this role her work has focused on improving health care processes and patient experience through the use of technology. In her spare time, she enjoys pottery, swimming, and walks within her community.

Drew Hart

Drew Hart is a health care leader with over 15 years of experience in the public health care system. Drew currently serves as the Director, Facilities Management & Capital Projects for BC Mental Health & Substance Use Service. Over his career Drew has held a number program management and project management roles primarily in the areas Mental Health & Substance Use and Public Health. He particularly enjoys working to help improve services for some of the most marginalized individuals in our society. Drew has held leadership positions at Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and Provincial Health Services Authority. Drew holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Masters in Health Administration, both from the University of British Columbia. Outside of work, Drew is an active member of the community theatre community in the lower mainland.

Shirley Heafey

Shirley Heafey is currently a member of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal – Vancouver/New Westminster 2017 – 2020. Working with police services and conducting civilian oversight has been a big part of her professional work. She spent 10 years as Chair of the RCMP Public Complaints Commission and another eight years as Public Complaint Director at the Calgary Police Commission as well as a member of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. She has practiced in Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa as a lawyer and mediator. She was appointed to the BC Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and has just been re-appointed for another five years.

Patrick Lalonde

Dr. Patrick Lalonde is a faculty member in the Department of Criminology & Legal Studies at Douglas College. He teaches courses in policing, border security, media and crime, and criminal justice system professionalism and interviewing skills. Patrick’s research interests are related to Canadian border security, policing, surveillance, and migration. He has been published in major academic journals including Policing & Society and the British Journal of Criminology. Patrick holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Waterloo as well as an MA Criminology and BA (Hons.) Criminology from the University of Windsor. He previously worked as a peace officer while employed as a student border services officer with Canada Border Services Agency through FSWEP. Patrick has previous organizational governance experience related to serving as a senator on the University of Windsor Senate (the institution’s highest academic decision-making body) as well as various committees and subcommittees.

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