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 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.
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.
DirectorAnn joined PPPSS in 2017 as a volunteer after observing her daughter’s postpartum experience and finally acknowledging her own history of crippling postpartum anxiety. Ann was able to join the training course with Pacific Post Partum Support Society that allowed her to contribute by offering phone support and a safe place for mothers to be open and honest about their perinatal experiences. She joined the Board of Directors in the fall of 2017.
As a co-founder and Associate Executive Director at PLEA Community Services she has worked for over thirty years designing and operationalizing a range of youth services primarily for adolescent young women. A Probation Officer by trade, Ann chose to champion community alternatives over custody, and provided a confidential voluntary support service for young women at risk of sexual exploitation among other programs.
Ann is currently an Accrediting Surveyor of health and human services. She is working with CARF International through site surveying of child and youth and behavioral health organizations seeking CARF accreditation.