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 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 Treasurer and SecretaryMontana is passionate about the issues faced by today’s parents, particularly the challenges experienced by mothers in the postpartum period. Montana previously served for three years as the treasurer of an arts and culture charity.
Montana 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, Montana had diverse academic interests, including linguistics, psychology, music, and dance. When not at work, Montana enjoys spending her time with family, baking, cooking, and bullet journaling.
Board 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.
Board DirectorDan brings over 20 years of technical and proven management experience to his role on the Board of PPPSS. A diverse software professional, Dan’s background has taken him from developing the CanadaArm 2 for the International Space Station, through various companies to his current role as the VP of Engineering at a mid-sized software company in Yaletown. Dan has been working with PPPSS over the past year on IT related issues and projects, including the procurement and rollout of the iCarol-based SMS support platform. Dan is a husband and father of three daughters and is honoured to be able to give back to an important organization like PPPSS.
Board DirectorDr. Joyce O'Mahony, Associate Professor, of Thompson Rivers University has expertise in public/community health nursing practice, and immigrant and refugee women’s perinatal mental health care research in resettlement. Her program of research focuses on migrant women’s postpartum depression experiences, access to mental health care services, and community-based strategies for postpartum care. Her research to date has been motivated to further the understanding about migrant women’s mental health, emotional well-being postpartum, their social support needs, and barriers to provide culturally sensitive, appropriate, and equitable health care services in the perinatal period. She joined the PPPSS board in 2015 and enthusiastically acknowledges the unique and invaluable work of the program.
Board 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.
Board 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.
Board DirectorCatherine first encountered the PPPSS in 2008-2012 as she struggled with acute anxiety and depression following the birth of her 2 sons. She credits the incredible support of the the Society for saving her sanity and, quite possibly her life, and has been looking for a way to pay this support forward since then.
Catherine is passionate about ending the stigma that surrounds mental illness and is a tireless advocate for wellness, mental health and self care. Having walked with mental illness for many years she brings the perspective of real life experience to this role. She is also grateful to be involved with another not-for-profit organization, Heads Up Guys, supporting male mental health issues. With a background in international business and conference planning she also bring these skills to the Board and hopes to help with fundraising and supporting the Society in any way she can. Her current self care practice involves her new love of paddle boarding and yoga and getting outside in nature whenever she can
Board DirectorCaitlin works as a Registered Midwife in Vancouver and also recently certified as a Lactation Consultant. While supporting families through the first 6 weeks postpartum, Caitlin has frontline experience with the challenges that new parents are facing. The postpartum is a time when families need a lot of support, and especially in light of the new challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Caitlin wanted to get involved by supporting the PPPSS which has made a significant impact in the community. When not at work Caitlin is busy with her toddler and enjoys spending time with family and friends."