Project Team

Marcy Cohen, Project Team Lead

Over most of her adult life Marcy has been involved in social justice issues in both a professional capacity and as a volunteer with community agencies and social movement organizations. Marcy’s work experience includes working for the provincial government, a provincial and national women’s organization, a provincial policy institute, post-secondary educational institutions and a large health care union. As a researcher, policy consultant and educator, Marcy has worked on issues related to home and community care restructuring, health system innovation, gender equality, and on policies to improve access to government services for disadvantaged populations. Since retiring Marcy has become increasingly interested in health prevention and promotion strategies that support seniors’ health and independence.

Lezlie Wagman, Project Team Lead

Lezlie Wagman is an independent consultant with more than 40 years experience in the community health sector with a focus on population health promotion. All three levels of government, various adjunct government agencies, the University of BC and numerous non-profit community-based organizations have employed her. While holding positions with the government Lezlie has always advocated for NGOs and grass-roots organizations to ensure their expertise were recognized for the valued services and programs they provide to their communities. Her current work focuses on intersectoral strategic planning, program management and evaluation, community consultation and social marketing. Her volunteer commitments target local social justice and health related initiatives.

Laura Kadowaki, Project Researcher

Laura Kadowaki is a PhD Student in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include: the health care system, home and community care services, community-based seniors’ services, integrated care systems, and gerontology education. Laura has been volunteering at Eagle Ridge Manor, a long-term care facility in Port Moody, for over ten years and became interested in senior’s issues through this volunteer work. Laura has previously worked on a number of research projects including the report Seniors, Socialization and Health for the Columbia Institute; the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging; and the Fact Book on Aging in British Columbia. Laura currently serves as the secretary-treasurer for the Canadian Association on Gerontology Student Connection. Previously, she has volunteered with the group Integrated Care Advocacy which published a report on the home support system for seniors in BC.

Advisory Committee

The Raising the Profile Project Advisory Committee consists of the the project team and 24 executive directors/managers from municipal and non-profit community-based seniors’ services across BC, as well as provincial organizations that support the work of the sector. The Advisory Committee was established in September 2015 to provide up-to-date information about the current state of seniors programs and services; identify successes, gaps and solutions; and suggest strategic linkages within the sector as well as outside of it.  Advisory Committee members represent a broad range of stakeholders from all five health regions across the province.

Current Advisory Committee members:

Marcy Cohen, Project Team Lead
Raising the Profile Project, Vancouver

Kara Leigh Bloch, Interim Executive Director
Seniors Services Society, New Westminster

John Dube, Senior Manager, Settlement Programs
Mosaic, Vancouver

Lola-Dawn Fennell, Manager
Prince George Seniors Council, Prince George

Liz Gillis, Manager Social Initiatives
Columbia Basin Trust, Castlegar

Deborah Hollins, Executive Director
Nanaimo Family Life Association, Nanaimo

Laura Kadowaki, Project Researcher
Raising the Profile Project, Vancouver

Jack Keough, Executive Director
Yellowhead Community Services, Clearwater

Anthony Kupferschmidt, Executive Director
West End Seniors’ Network, Vancouver

Kahir Lalji, Provincial Program Manager
Better-At-Home Program, United Way of the Lower Mainland, Burnaby

Annwen Loverin, Executive Director
Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre, North Vancouver

Barb MacLean, Executive Director
Family Caregivers of BC, Victoria

Margie Manifold, Social Planner
City of Burnaby, Burnaby

Lori McLeod, Executive Director
Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, Victoria

Jodi Mucha, Executive Director
BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC), Victoria

Mary Murphy, Councillor
City of Kitimat, Kitimat

Elmie Saaltnik, Board Member and Treasurer
South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society, Penticton

Vi Sorenson, Executive Director
Seniors Outreach and Resource Centre, Kelowna

Linda Stride, Recreation, Health and Wellness Supervisor Parks
City of Kamloops, Recreation and Cultural Services, Kamloops

Sahra-Lea Tosdevine-Tataryn, Age Friendly Strategy for Seniors Project Manager
City of Surrey, Parks Recreation and Culture, Surrey

Josh Van Loon, Senior Policy Analyst, Environment & Healthy Communities Committee
Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), Richmond

Lezlie Wagman, Project Team Lead
Raising the Profile Project, Vancouver

Linda Western, Representative
Centre for Sustainability and Non-profit Development, Vancouver

Diane Wilmann, Director of Family and Seniors Programs
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, Vancouver

Corrine Younie, Coordinator Age-Friendly Community Initiative & Moving Together Project
Nelson CARES Society, Nelson

Seniors Reference Group

The Senior’s Reference Group provides the Raising the Profile project with a seniors’ perspective on community-based seniors’ services sector, and help to both gather and disseminate information for the Raising the Profile project in the communities and organizations they are affiliated with. Members are volunteer leaders in the senior’s sector in one agency or community, or more broadly at a regional or provincial level.

Current Members:

Tazul Ali
Chair of Voices of Burnaby Seniors

ML (Mary-Lynn) Burke
Member of the Delta Seniors Planning Team and Chair of the Housing Action Team
Member of the B.C. Seniors Advocate’s Advisory Council

Alyson Hagan-Johnson
Member of the Provincial Patient Voices Network
Co-chair of the Mount Waddington Health Network

Gary Lancaster
Rural Senior’s Advocate

Margaret Little
Chair of the Save Our Northern Seniors

Jean Leahy
Vice Chair of the Save Our Northern Seniors

King Lum
Chair of the Tri-City Seniors Planning Network,

Jane Osborne
Regional Mentor, Central Island, BC Community Response Networks (BCCRN)

Marion Pollack
Board member of BC Federation of Union Retirees (BC Forum), COSCO and 411 Seniors Centre

Rosemary Rawnsley
Former Executive Director of the BC Alzheimer Society
Co-facilitator of Tri-Cities Seniors Network Project

Angela Sealy
Member of the Burnaby Mayor’s Seniors’ Advisory Committee
Pan-Canadian Metro Vancouver New Horizon’s Project

Brenda Prevost
Executive Director for the Centre for Seniors’ Information

Gina Robertson
Former Team Lead at Victoria Native Friendship Centre for Family Services, Social Workers, and Family Support Workers