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 centered 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.
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, Program Manager
Rhys grew up in Kelowna. In 2014, he completed a Masters in English Literature at the University of Victoria.
Previously, Rhys worked with UBC’s Island Medical Program, which delivers UBC’s MD Undergraduate program in partnership with UVic. He also worked with UBC’s Faculty of Management, where he planned networking events, oversaw the co-op program, and supported students.
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 offer her knowledge and skills to contribute to the important work of SafeCare BC.
Zach Butler, Digital Media and Communications Coordinator
Zach completed a degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in General Business from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. During his education, he developed a passion for media production and writing, and is excited to share that passion through his work as a member of the SafeCare BC team.
Bringing with him a background in customer service, Zach is looking forward to helping people by contributing to SafeCare BC’s goals. In his spare time, Zach enjoys playing guitar, going rock climbing and playing tennis.
Jennifer LeSage, Programs and Events Coordinator
Jennifer completed her degree from the University of Calgary, with a major in Communications and a minor in Sociology.
With a passion for bettering her community, Jennifer is thrilled to fuse her passion of event planning with her customer service background to make a difference through her work at SafeCare BC. When Jenn isn’t in the office you can catch her at the yoga studio or in the mountains of the North Shore hiking.
Russ Davies, Acting Manager, Member Services and Public Relations
Russ joins SafeCareBC in a short-term role, but brings with him nearly 20 years of award-winning retail marketing, media, and communication expertise, 9 years in a not-for-profit executive director and member services management role, and 8 years as a large-scale special event producer.
Russ is thrilled to bring his skills and talents to the continuing care service support realm for the very first time. He is a passionate and well-versed cineaste who loves surfing, kayaking, and camping, and is learning to love stand-up paddling. Russ is a proud cat dad and knows nothing about hockey.
Anna Richter, Occupational Health and Safety Consultant
Anna Richter has more than 20 years’ experience as a safety professional. Anna’s first foray into occupational health and safety came many years ago when she was travelling through New Zealand and worked for a safety inspection company as an office manager. She would often ask to go out in the field with the inspectors, and it was then that she realized her passion for working with organizations to make workplace safety a priority. She returned to Canada and enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety program at BCIT.
Over the last 20 years, Anna has worked in both provincially and federally regulated industries in a safety capacity. For the past 13 years, she has been teaching health and safety courses in the certificate program at BCIT. She is excited to be working in the continuing care sector with SafeCare BC.
In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and photography. She is also a bit of a foodie and loves experimenting with new recipes.
Zia Mawani, Program Support
Zia will be entering his third year of the Arts & Science program at McMaster University this fall, with a concentration in Political Science and Economics.
Having previously worked as a summer co-op student with SafeCare BC in 2019, Zia had the opportunity to work on various health and safety programs to support the continuing care sector. Zia is excited to bring the skills and experiences he has developed back to SafeCare BC for another summer. In his spare time, Zia enjoys playing soccer, hiking, cycling, and baking – although, baking is not so conducive to the first three.
Elizabeth O, Acting Program and Event Coordinator
With over 17 years’ experience in project management (focused on events), client services and teaching, Elizabeth is a ‘fixer’ who has a heart for making the world a better place one event at a time.
Her passion is well nested in the SafeCare BC mandate of ensuring the safety of continuing care workers and long-term health care providers.
When Elizabeth is not in the office planning or coordinating any program or event, she can be found organizing a games night, cooking up a storm, playing tennis or spending some quality time with her 2-year-old.