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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

HSA

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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. 

 

ADRIENNE YEUNg

Check Your Head

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Adrienne Yeung comes to the BC Health Coalition through her role as Operations Coordinator at Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network, where she helps to engage young people in action towards social, climate, and economic justice. Adrienne is excited by the role that Community-Co-Chair offers to work on improving health equity for young people across BC.  During her Master's at Simon Fraser University, she explored the tools for resilience that queer people of colour use to shape their own health outcomes. She also has a BSc. in Biopsychology from the University of Winnipeg, in which she studied the ways that sexism and racism have influenced the teaching and practice of biomedicine. A perpetual dabbler and learner, she has passion and experience in entrepreneurship, qualitative research, counselling, facilitation, poetry, and social media marketing, and she strives to synergize all her interests for a colourful and generous life.

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Support Our Health Care Society

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Edward Staples is a retired teacher now living in the Tulameen Valley near Princeton. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dickinson University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria. In 2012, he and his wife, Nienke Klaver, formed the Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society dedicated to the improvement of Princeton’s model of healthcare. In 2013, Edward was instrumental in the formation of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee comprising local elected officials, health care professionals, Interior Health administrators, and community leaders. Edward is a founding member and lead of the BC Rural Health Network. He believes in equitable access to healthcare services for rural BC residents, the reform of BC’s primary health care model, the maintenance and improvement of Canada’s public health care system, and a national strategy for seniors care. 

Our staff 

Adam Lynes-Ford

Campaigner

Adam Lynes-FordAdam brings over a decade of experience as a campaigner, strategist and organizer for positive social change. Adam is board co-chair of Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, which provides low-barrier services to trans and gender diverse people. He was formally the National Director for the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition. In his past position as Education Director for Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network, he co-developed the BC Health Coalition’s Check Up project, an initiative to educate and engage youth in BC around the issue of public health care. Adam has served as a board member and volunteer for numerous education, public health and environmental organizations. 

 

Terrie HendricksoN

Coordinator

Terrie HendricksonTerrie has had a vibrant and varied career in non-profit administration. First in the arts sector, fundraising and marketing for The Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet of Canada & Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. But it was social justice that was her true passion. She worked at End Legislated Poverty and then became the first coordinator of the BC Health Coalition. In 2004 family brought her to Portland, Oregon where, as Industry Support Director for Oregon Opportunity Network, she developed a statewide skills development and peer support program for the non-profit affordable housing industry. Now back in Vancouver, she is thrilled to once again be involved in public health care, and back with the BC Health Coalition.

 

nadine nakagawa

Organizer 

Nadine photoNadine has worked in non-profit and government settings. As a community organizer, she has worked on a number of issues including housing, environmental and social justice, public spaces, and reconciliation. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on communications and leadership. Nadine sits on the board of the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre and was elected to New Westminster City Council in 2018.