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Who We Are

Youth delegation at Council of Federation meetingThe BC Health Coalition is a network of individuals and organizations with a shared passion for public health care. Our coalition community is comprised of over 800,000 people in B.C. - and growing.

We are young people, seniors, health care workers, faith communities, health policy experts, and people with disabilities.

In sum, we work to continually improve the system we all rely on, and to uphold the values of caring and fairness that our system represents. We believe care should be there for everyone when we need it, regardless of our age, gender, income level, or the town we live in. 

We're a non-profit and non-partisan organization.

BCHC has a small, hard-working staff team, a network of dedicated health care policy experts, and many committees of community representatives who support our work.

Our co-chairs

edith machattie

Health Sciences Association

Edith photo

Edith is the elected co-chair of the BCHC since 2014 and she sits on the steering committee as a representative for her union, Health Sciences Association of BC. She is also an occupational therapist who works in the public health care system at a child development centre with school-aged children and their families. One of Edith’s passions is creating safe and accessible spaces for people to feel a sense of belonging and connection in their community. She and her wife feel grateful to be raising their two small kids in a housing co-op in Port Moody. 


Zarghoona Wakil


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Zarghoona is an International Medical Doctor, and has a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. She has experience in healthcare and in the settlement field in BC.

Having worked with MOSAIC in various capacities, she currently oversees a large cluster of specialized programs that serve diverse communities and includes various violence prevention programs, specialized settlement and youth services, health promotion programs, and MOSAIC Seniors’ Club.

Zarghoona has represented MOSAIC at national conferences and is involved in several local and national partnerships including BC Health Coalition, Primary Care Network, PREV Net, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, and Surrey Organizing Against Racism and Hate.

Zarghoona has been on the board of directors of Umbrella Multicultural Health Coop and is a Committee Member for Collingwood Community Health Centre and BC Health Coalition. Additionally, she is involved in advocacy for innovation in healthcare services to improve the quality and equity of the healthcare system.


Barb Nederpel

Hospital Employees’ Union

Barb Nederpel PictureBarb is the newly elected labour co-chair for the BCHC. She started her career in health care in 2006 as a Licensed Practical Nurse and is now the President of the Hospital Employees’ Union, representing 50,000 members working in acute, long term care, assisted living, First Nations Health Authority, community health and community social services.

Barb has been a strong advocate for public health care through her work in the labour movement, collaborating with community allies like the BCHC and others in her community and nation wide. She and her husband have two grown and independent daughters, and their ‘empty nest’ is in Kamloops which has been home for the last twenty years.