The Child Health BC Team
Maureen O'Donnell MD MSc FRCPC
Child Health BC
Dr Maureen O'Donnell is the Executive Director of Child Health BC and Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Pediatrics.
Prior to her role with CHBC, Dr O'Donnell joined BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and UBC in 1993 after completing her MD, pediatric residency and fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics and a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology. Her roles have included that of developmental pediatrician, Senior Medical Director, UBC Division Head for Developmental Pediatrics and Faculty member Child and Family Research Institute. She served as Special Advisor to BC's Deputy Minister of Health regarding children with special needs for almost 5 years. She assumed the leadership of CHBC in October 2010.
Dr O'Donnell is current member of the Boards of Directors for the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) and the Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) National Centre of Excellence. She has recently completed her term as President for the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. She was founding Chair of the Royal College's Committee on Developmental Pediatrics and continues to serve on the Royal College's Examination Board. She has served as President, Canadian Pediatric Society Developmental Section.
Executive Director's Message
Since the BC Children's Hospital Foundation and lead benefactor Overwaitea Food Group made its significant, inspiring commitment to Child Health BC, we have worked hard to advance toward our vision of best health for the infants, children and youth of BC. With our partners throughout BC and the support of our donors much has been accomplished. Child-focused health facilities have been constructed and expanded. Provincial child health standards have been developed to benefit children and those providing care to them from across BC. New and novel ways for delivering care and sharing care have been created between BC Children's Hospital doctors and teams and communities across the province. Health promotion initiatives are underway. Most importantly, we hope that parents feel peace of mind knowing that their child can access excellent care in their home community or, if needed, at a regional centre or BC Children's Hospital.
Many of our projects span over several years — a testament to their complexity and the amount of planning and work involved for so many dedicated providers. We are grateful to our community partners as, by coming together, we use the best evidence and then combine that with the realities of the geography of our province. Stakeholders - including families, students and nurses, doctors, other health care professionals, teachers, social workers — often living hundreds or thousands of kilometers apart have joined in our many projects and we are grateful for your hard work and critical contributions. Without you, the work we do would be less relevant and be less likely to succeed in supporting children's health.
We know that, while much has been accomplished, there is still much more we can do. We look forward to continued success in partnership with our Steering Committee members and with the support of our donors. We look forward to reaching out to new and novel partners.
We would like to most sincerely thank our Donors. Without their support, this work would simply not be possible. They are changing the face of BC's health services for children throughout eh province through their support. We invite you to visit our Donor page to learn more about those who have generously supported this work provincially.
Our partners are so critical to our work. If you would like to know more about the partners around our Steering Committee table, our Partners page will introduce them to you.
If you would like to hear more about where we are going with our future work, please have look at our Tiers of Service, Initiatives and Care Delivery work sections of the website. We also invite you to reach out to us or me for more information.
We look forward to continuing to work with our many partners from around BC (and beyond), doing our best to strive for high reaching goals that will improve the health of and health services for children and their families.
Maureen O'Donnell MD MSc FRCPC
Executive Director Child Health BC
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC
Jennifer Scarr RN, MSN
Provincial Director, Primary Care and Preventive Health
Child Health BC
Jennifer Scarr is Provincial Director, Primary Care and Preventive Health with Child Health BC. In this role she is focusing on provincial initiatives related to oral health, injury prevention, healthy weights, and child and youth health and well being indicators. Jennifer is also working on initiatives that support integrated primary and community care, specifically in the areas of asthma and diabetes.
Jennifer completed a Bachelor's of Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba and a Master's of Nursing Degree at the University of British Columbia. She has experience in public health nursing, prevention education, as well as project management. In her previous role at Vancouver Coastal Health, Jennifer led the implementation of provincial initiatives and provided leadership for regional projects.
L Kit Johnson MBA, BSc (Pharm)
Provincial Director, Clinical Service Innovation and Quality
Child Health BC
Kit Johnson is Provincial Director, Clinical Service Innovation and Quality. In this role, she has overarching responsibility for many things including Virtual Care, Outreach/Regional Clinics and implementation of change initiatives related to the Tiers of Service Work. She will also help in further developing the quality- and safety-related items in our quality work.
Kit has been in health care administration for over 30 years. Since completing her Master’s in Business Administration (she also holds a degree in pharmacy), Kit has held senior provincial leadership positions in both research and acute healthcare organizations. Her senior experience in administrating and implementing research programs in multiple domains, from cancer to public health in both British Columbia and Alberta, will be critical in supporting our innovation and quality programs. In her recent role as Executive Director, Research Priorities and Implementation for Alberta Health Services, Kit designed and led the provincial operations and governance needs of a large, diverse and evolving health research organization embedded in a “care” structure.
Barb Kenny, MHS
Business Affairs Manager
Child Health BC
Barb Kenny is Business Affairs Manager for Child Health BC. In this role she provides financial leadership in budgeting, human resource expertise, analysis and operational business process reviews. Barb is involved in the development and coordination of strategic action and work plans in collaboration with leaders to optimize program initiatives.
Barb completed a Bachelor's in Leadership Management (Healthcare Specialty) at BCIT and a Master's Degree in Health Studies at Athabasca University in Alberta by distance ed. She has diverse experience in both public and private industry. Barb owned and operated her own business for 20 years before returning to healthcare. She has spent the last ten years in various administrative leadership roles at Sunny Hill Health Center for Children.
Child Health BC Regional Coordinators
Fraser Health - Nicole Cave
Interior Health - Coming Soon
Island Health - Shannon Moffat
Vancouver Coastal Health - Theresa McElroy
Northern Health - Jennifer Begg
Child Health BC Additional Team Members
Provincial Director, Clinical Services Innovation and Quality - L.Kit Johnson
Senior Data Analyst - Gary Hoyano
Manager, Children's Virtual Care - Joelle Pellegrin
Project Coordinator Technology - Lorna Simms
Executive Assistant to Dr. O'Donnell - Virginia Concon
Administrative Assistant - Jacquie Innes
Administrative Assistant - Shelley Lewis
Administrative Assistant - Shirley Desouza
Contractors and Secondees
Child Health BC is grateful to the contractors and secondees who work with the team to make the many initiatives come to fruition. Their unique talents contribute in important ways.