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Community Advisory Committee

The individuals and agencies that took part in the Community Advisory were active in providing clinical, practical and research guidance.

Members of the Community Advisory include:

Andrea Lemire

Andrea Lemire, Executive Director

Andrea has an extensive background in child- and youth-serving non-profits and has worked locally and internationally. She has a strong passion for community development and working with others to create stronger, healthier communities for all.

Christina Thiele

Christina Thiele, Communications & Child Rights Projects Coordinator

Christina is highly experienced in communications and publishing work in the private and non-profit sectors. She heads up the development, planning, execution, and administration of the Society’s child rights projects and communications.


Dr. Silvia Vilches

Dr. Silvia Vilches is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of sociology at Simon Fraser University. She is interested in the connections between university researchers and communities, the ways in which social policy uses community capacity development to achieve aims, and in the intersection between gender, family responsibilities and poverty. These interests originally arose out of advocacy work she did in the 1990s with women and impoverished families, which led her to complete a Master’s degree in policy and practice at the University of Victoria. In her PhD work at UBC in the School of Community and Regional Planning, she worked with a team to study the effects of the 2002 welfare reforms on lone mothers with young children. She has worked with First Nations communities and has a special interest in rural communities. She brings her social policy lens, understanding of rural communities and research with families with young children to the Including All Children Project.

Jinny (Virginia) Hayes

Jinny (Virginia) Hayes, RN, PhD is a Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. Her research program centres on issues for children with chronic conditions and disabilities and their families, in community and acute care settings, with a particular focus on the family as the unit of analysis. Over 25 years, she has conducted externally reviewed and funded research using quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methods. Several of these were evaluation projects. She currently lives on Gabriola Island, a rural community of 4500.

Helen Brown

Helen Brown, RN, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UBC. Her research program brings a critical perspective to maternal-infant and women’s health care, practice and policy. Her research activities are joined through a focus on ethics and equity in relation to neonatal and maternity care and community health promotion in rural communities. Helen’s current projects span nursing education, neonatal and pediatric end of life care, trauma and social inequity for vulnerable rural women, Indigenous knowledge and community health action.

Cindy Jamieson

Cindy Jamieson is from the Iroquois confederacy but has been in BC for 23 years. She has an MSW degree from UVIC and extensive experience in various child and family programs in Aboriginal and mainstream settings. Her passion is promoting service quality, access to services and innovative service delivery. She is currently serving as the Provincial Coordinator for Aboriginal Supported Child Development Programs in BC. She also volunteers on the Board of Directors at Victoria Hospice Society.

Aboriginal Supported Child Development

Annie Wolverton

Annie Wolverton has worked in a variety of roles with the Infant Development Program of B.C. for many decades.  Currently, in addition to consulting to the Burnaby Infant Development Program, Annie works as the Mental Health Clinician for the Fraser Health Child and Youth Neuropsychiatry Clinic and the Fraser Health Child and Youth General Psychiatry Teaching Clinic.  Annie enjoys working with children, youth and their families doing both clinical work and research.

Fraser Health Infant and Child Mental Health, Burnaby Infant Development Program

Clive Sykes
Boundary Family and Individual Services Society BFISS

Lorraine Gerwing
ECD Northern Rockies

Shirley Paterson and Angela Clancy
Family Support Institute of BC

Juanita Hagman and Wendy Kenward
Supported Child Development (SCD) of BC

Bonnie Barnes
Vancouver Infant Development Program
Developmental Disability Association (DDA)

Marilee Peters
BC Council for Families

Beth Hutchinson
Mother Goose of BC

Annie Wolverton

Dr Karen Bopp
Senior Behaviour Consultant -The Ministry of Children and Family Development

Denise Dawson –Interior Region MCFD

Linette Farmer
FASD regional coordinator/ Boys and Girls Club of Penticton

Dana Brynelsen – Former Provincial Advisor for Infant Development Program of BC, Community member representing Vancouver Island Region.

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