Board of Directors
Board ChairErin became involved with PPPSS after a Public Health Nurse referred her after the birth of her son. Erin utilized the telephone support and groups held by PPPSS. Erin brings her professional experience as a child and youth care counsellor, victim services manager, social worker and community advocate to her new role on the Board. Erin has a graduate certificate in complex trauma and child sexual abuse intervention from the JIBC. With her personal and professional experience with postpartum she hopes to assist the society in all its adventures!
Board TreasurerHouston Mo is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Victoria. Houston is currently employed by a Vancouver mid-sized CA firm focused primarily on providing assurance, accounting and tax services to small to medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Houston joined the Board of PPPSS in April 2014 and is responsible to oversee and improve the financial reporting process of the Society. Outside of work, Houston enjoys travelling, cycling and various outdoor activities.
Board SecretaryKatherine is passionate about the issues faced by today’s parents, particularly the challenges experienced by mothers in the post-partum period. Katherine previously served for three years as the treasurer of an arts and culture charity.
Katherine is the mother of two young boys and works as a Chartered Professional Accountant in the tax group of a mid-sized public accounting firm in Vancouver. As a graduate of both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, Katherine had diverse academic interests, including linguistics, psychology, music, and dance. When not at work, Katherine enjoys spending her time with family, baking, cooking, and bullet journaling.
DirectorMary has a M.A in counselling psychology, and divides her professional life between working as a clinical counsellor at BC Women’s Hospital and her private practice. She has a special interest in counselling women and couples experiencing reproductive challenges, specifically infertility, pregnancy loss, stillbirth and postpartum depression/anxiety. Mary has been involved with PPPSS since 2003 when she started as a volunteer and eventually a group facilitator. Mary is honoured to be back in the new role of a board member as she is passionate about the amazing work that PPPSS does for women and their families.
DirectorDr. Joyce O'Mahony of Thompson Rivers University has expertise in public/community health nursing practice, immigrant and refugee women’s mental health research, and education. She has scholarly experience as a faculty member and numerous years of clinical teaching. Her background as a community health nurse encouraged her to explore further the mental health care experiences of immigrant and refugee women in Canada. Her program of research focuses on immigrant and refugee women’s postpartum depression experiences and access to mental health care services, and community-based intervention strategies for postpartum care and treatment. Her research to date has been motivated to further the understanding about immigrant and refugee women’s postpartum health, their social support needs, the barriers they experience and their treatment preferences in order to provide culturally sensitive, appropriate and equitable health care services in the postpartum period.
DirectorRecently retired from Vancouver Coastal Health, Barb brings her professional experience as a health care leader responsible for delivering effective and sustainable services, planning, implementing and evaluating new programs, developing high performing teams and strong working relationships and partnerships across organizations. Her work in public health exposed her to the importance of community partnerships and introduced her to the long standing contributions made by the PPPSS. Barb is delighted to lend her time and energy to supporting the PPPSS as it continues to make a difference in the lives of women and their families.
DirectorBack in 1991, when Cathy was a new mother, she attended support groups facilitated by Pacific Post Partum Support Society. Now, 25 years later, she has returned to support the organization that she says saved her life. Cathy has completed a masters of counselling with a specialization in art therapy. She believes that art therapy is an excellent tool to help bridge the gap between counsellor and client and any cultural differences and the creativity of art making our unconscious speak what cannot be expressed with words.
Currently she is working at her private practice where she focuses on women and children that have experienced trauma. This includes First Nations and refugees. In Cathy’s spare time she volunteers with the British Columbia Disaster Psychosocial program and is a member of the Red Cross Disaster Management team.
Director, Past TreasurerRuth was recruited in 1990 as an office support volunteer by her mother, Shauna Little, who was Treasurer of the Board. She was later Treasurer of the Board herself, and has been our Book Sales Volunteer, Office Bookkeeper, and Go-For for several years.
DirectorKate currently works for the Provincial Health Services Authority in the Child and Youth Mental Health Programs at BC Children's Hospital where she has responsibility for the management of projects leading to improved quality of patient care and evaluation of projects and programs. She is a social worker by profession and worked directly with children and families in the community before moving into healthcare management. Supporting children and their families, particularly in challenging circumstances, has been a career-long interest. One of her early posts at BCCH was in the Reproductive Mental Health Team where she developed a great working relationship with PPPSS. No longer in that post but still passionately interested in supporting mums and their babies, she joined the Board in January 2016 to continue to support the great work of PPPSS.