Staff

Saleema Dhalla, CEO

Saleema completed her Masters of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene at UBC.  She has 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 the Certificate of Recognition certification and thus providing significant cost savings.

Saleema’s vision for SafeCare BC closely matches her own personal values. A workplace free from injury, is the ultimate goal and focusing these efforts in healthcare, deepens her passion for this work. 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, Senior Director, Innovation and Partnerships

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.

Anna Richter, Director, Workplace Health and Safety Programs

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.

Lisa Thibault, Director of Communications

For more than fifteen years, Lisa worked in health care communications with experience in public relations, employee communications, and digital and web strategy. She was a team member on several award-winning projects during her career in health care and was recognized for her work in public health communications initiatives – including the opioid crisis. Most recently, she worked with the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC – supporting manufacturers to create safe workplaces.

Lisa received her ABC (Accredited Business Communicator) from the International Association of Business Communicators. She has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and is passionate about lifelong learning.

Outside the office, Lisa is an active volunteer and enjoys spending time outdoors, travelling, photography, and exploring communities around BC and the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Zach Butler, Communications Lead

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 music, going hiking and playing tennis.

 

 

 

Jennifer Derksen, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety

Building on her undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, and Occupational Health and Safety certification from BCIT. Jennifer has collected a range of knowledge in various industries, including 10 years in the K-12 sector.

Jennifer is a self-proclaimed health and safety nerd and is particularly passionate about stakeholder engagement, improving safety systems, and violence in the workplace. She is thrilled to join such an important sector and is keen to collaborate with, and support SafeCareBC members on improving their health and safety programs.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys volunteering and a multitude of sports. Jennifer can be found running and biking through Vancouver (on the quest to collect the best donut or fried chicken) and is always happy to incorporate a walking meeting, or tennis at lunch.

 

Mark Ryan,

Mark completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education with a minor in Special Education at the University of Alberta before going on to teach almost every subject in grades 7 to 12, before moving to Vancouver in August 2020. He is looking forward to applying his teaching knowledge to create curriculum and programming to help improve knowledge of how vaccines work to protect ourselves and our communities. Outside of work, Mark can often be found cooking, riding his bike along False Creek, or looking for Vancouver’s best pastries.

 

Pavan Bal,

With over 17 years of administrative experience across multiple industries, Pavan has joined SafeCare BC as the new member services coordinator. She values the importance of offering online and in-person learning opportunities to healthcare professionals through SafeCare BC to enhance workplace safety protocols.

Pavan is committed to aiding management in creating and fostering an organizational culture of safety, providing necessary resources and materials to ensure safer workplaces. Before joining SafeCare BC, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC, where she reviewed qualifications and granted certifications to Naturopathic Doctors for different modalities to practice in their clinics.

In her leisure time, Pavan enjoys exploring the seawall with her furry friend, searching for the best Spanish coffee in town, binge-watching reality TV shows, and cooking.

Kajal Hajirakar, Education and Operations Lead

Kajal has been working within the continuing care industry since 2012, taking breaks to pursue higher education. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Commerce and a Masters in Health Leadership and Policy, she is passionate about using education to close the gaps in delivering person-centred care. Kajal has been leading and supporting staff training and learning for the past five years and is excited to bring her expertise to the SafeCare BC team. She enjoys photography, spending time with loved ones, and crafting in her free time.

Daniel Keen, Multimedia and Content Consultant

Daniel has worked in content creation, marketing, and design since 2013, holding progressively senior roles as a content producer in the music and sports industries.

Working with the Vancouver Canucks for the past two seasons, Daniel had the chance to travel on many road trips. Additionally, he has travelled to Europe and all over the United States in the music industry, documenting a tour for a group of electronic music artists.

 

Khalida Braid, Workplace Psychological Health and Safety Coach

Khalida has over six years of experience with mental health, health care and neuropsychotherapy. She is a strong advocate and has worked with start-ups, institutions, health authorities, and non-profit organizations to create robust programs and resources to support the emotional and mental well-being of their staff, employers, and clients. Khalida strives to ensure inclusivity, equity, and accessibility to all services she supports and provides. She is actively engaged with clinical research for mental health to ensure evidence-based practice and protocols. As SafeCare BC’s Psychological Workplace Health & Safety Coach, she provides mental health resources, outreach, educational in-services for frontline workers and management, psychological health and safety risk assessments, recommendations to improve wellness in the workplace and consultations to meet the unique needs of various organizations.

Khalida has obtained a Master’s in Social Work with Honors from the University of British Columbia, her Bachelor’s in Arts Criminal Justice with Honors, and an Emergency Medical Responder certificate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Carissa Zargar

Born with a natural affinity for the written word, Carissa discovered her passion for writing early in life. This enthusiasm for language and storytelling guided Carissa to Simon Fraser University, where she pursued an English major, complemented by a minor in Communications. A profound interest in societal welfare steered Carissa towards non-profits and healthcare sectors, where she amassed three years of diverse experience through internships, freelance projects, and contract roles in marketing and communications.