Jennifer Lyle, Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Lyle is the Chief Executive Officer at SafeCare BC. As both a former practising Kinesiologist and a published author, Lyle brings with her a rich background in health care and a wealth of experience. She received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia and is a former Board Director of the BC Association of Kinesiologists. Furthermore, from 2008-2009 Lyle worked on the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority/Simon Fraser University: Special Care Unit Research Project, co-authoring the final report evaluating the design and care policies of 26 special care units in the VCH region. Jennifer is an avid hiker, as well as an accomplished ultimate Frisbee player. In her spare time, you’ll find her enjoying the great outdoors with her family.
Saleema Dhalla, Senior Director, Strategic Engagements and Development
Saleema completed her Masters of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene at UBC. She began her career in the geochemical industry, implementing a safety program to account for a diverse range of occupational exposures and improve worker safety. She has also designed and executed systems at the provincial and national level to reduce workplace injuries and improve employee well-being.
Saleema also led the development and execution of a province wide initiative that standardized and improved the safety program at 300 locations across BC, gaining COR (Certificate of Recognition) certification and thus providing significant cost savings. As a safety professional, she has acted as a consultant to a wide array of businesses in many sectors, including healthcare, finance, and heavy industry.
Saleema has worked in two other roles at SafeCare BC, including the Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs and Acting Chief Executive Officer. In her personal time, Saleema enjoys being active. As a certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, Saleema enjoys creating an environment that is fun and allows her students to work to their physical limits. She also enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.
Ken Donohue, Director, Communications and Member Services Ken joins the SafeCare BC team with an 18-year background in health communications, having worked for large and small organizations. Ken has developed numerous health campaigns, and led a team that was nominated for a BC Health Care Award for developing an online organ donor registry, the first in Canada. He is inspired by those who create positive and lasting impressions for the people they care for. Curious by nature and fascinated by the places, people and stories that make up our world, Ken is an accomplished author of more than 70 feature magazine articles. Passionate about writing and travel, his wife once remarked that Ken’s hobby is his passport.
Mavis Gibson, Director, Workplace Health and Safety Programs Mavis joins the SafeCare BC team with over 20 years of experience in health and safety, employee wellness and disability management. As an entrepreneur with a passion for workplace safety, Mavis has designed and implemented cost-effective injury prevention programs throughout BC’s public sector and was co-founder of a national company centred around employee safety and well-being. In her spare time Mavis enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking and sharing home cooked meals with her family. She has recently discovered the usefulness of hiking sticks and has taken up the art of creating designer hiking sticks to share with those who also appreciate all that BC’s great outdoors has to offer.
Marjahn O’Connor, Programs and Events Coordinator Marjahn completed a Degree from Simon Fraser University, with a major in International Studies and a minor in Communications. She has an extensive background working with the public in various customer service-related positions, and looks forward to bringing her client-centred background to SafeCare BC. Marjahn is most looking forward to connecting with the SafeCare BC community and its members, and helping to promote safe working conditions for those in BC’s diverse continuing care sector.
Brooke Astles, Quality Assurance and Educator Support Manager Brooke is originally from Ontario, where she completed a degree in Urban Planning. A passion for older adults (and love for skiing) prompted Brooke to move to BC five years ago to pursue a degree in Gerontology. After finishing her studies, Brooke worked in the area of quality assurance, ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals with disabilities.
Rhys Mahannah, Programs Manager
Rhys grew up in Kelowna, and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English with Honours, in 2012. He has completed a Masters in English Literature at the University of Victoria.
Previously, Rhys has worked with UBC’s Island Medical Program, which delivers UBC’s MD Undergraduate program in partnership with UVic. He’s also worked with UBC’s Faculty of Management, where he planned networking events, oversaw the co-op program, supported students, and connected with employers to source co-op opportunities.
Rhys is excited to bring his experience to SafeCare BC in support of continuing care workers. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, cycling, soccer, and cheering on the Vancouver Canucks.
Katie Schultz, Learning and Development Advisor
Katie brings to her position a wealth of experiences in the field of Education.
From teaching high school biology and chemistry students during her Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta to supporting University of British Columbia Faculty of Education instructors with the development of their courses–Katie has taken every opportunity to be involved with teaching and learning. Currently, she is working towards her Masters of Distance Education with Athabasca University and is excited to apply her learning to her work.
Her enthusiasm for lifelong learning keeps her in continuous reflection upon the changing needs of the “learner” over time. Katie is thrilled to be able to offer her knowledge and skills to contribute to the important work of SafeCare BC.