Board of Directors

The BC Bereavement Helpline Board of Directors is composed of community volunteers who come from a wide cross-section of professional backgrounds. They are rich in experience and have an active interest in supporting the BC Bereavement Helpline to realize its vision that bereavement support is an essential serviceTM. Board appointments are for a one year term and Directors can serve multiple terms.

The Board of Directors meets ten times a year and is responsible for strategic planning and direction in budgeting, fundraising, marketing, helpline operations, education, and public relations. The BC Bereavement Helpline produces the BCBH Bereavement Resource DirectoryTM, the only comprehensive directory of not-for-profit bereavement support groups and agencies in the province of BC.

If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please contact the Helpline at 604-738-9950.

Board Members

President Colleen Chapman has served the BCBH for approximately seven years. She has been President since March 2014, and was Vice President for two years previously. She has worked with the Past-President of BCBH for around 15 years, in voluntary organizations. She truly enjoys her trips to Vancouver for meetings and special events. Most Board meetings she attends via teleconference. Colleen has worked and volunteered in non-profit organizations for the past thirty years, and has a variety of skills to bring to the BCBH. She has a special affinity for the BC Victims of Homicide, having worked closely with people in the Edmonton Victims of Homicide group, and having had a family member murdered many years ago. Most recently Colleen has founded and lead the Friends of Church Street Society in Edmonton, and continues to volunteer wherever she can be of service.
Vice President Marlyn Ferguson has been the Arborcare Coordinator at Valley View Funeral Home, Surrey B.C. for over fourteen years, supporting people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Marlyn was instrumental in developing a support group for Suicide Loss and has facilitated groups for the past nine years. Following the death of her 27 year old son Graeme in 2005 to murder, she quickly realized that survivors of crime have unique needs that may not be met by friends, family, or existing social services. She “Took Action” and started the first Homicide Support Group in B.C. at Valley View Funeral Home. She facilitates two – eight week groups per year and follows up with bi-monthly Pot Luck Dinners for members and their families. Marlyn is also a member of the Advisory Committee with BC Victims of Homicide and has been training facilitators throughout the province.
Treasurer Maja Futrell-Frühling has been involved in various activities within the community including supporting and organizing non profits in the producing of theatre performances. She has experience working in child development and with the affects of prenatal trauma and has continued on to volunteer with The Urban Native Youth Association as a mentor. She has training in working with bereaved individuals and continues to study the impact of loss and trauma on the family system as a whole and within the community.
  Secretary Raman Randhawa has over six years of experience working with bereaved individuals, through working and volunteering for the New Westminster’s Victim Assistance Unit. Having experienced the bereavement process with her family several years ago and learning how organizations such as the BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) and the BC Victims of Homicide (BCVOH) initiative play such an integral role in the healing process, is what draws her to this role. She has held the position of Program Manager for the BCVOH initiative and more recently her personal experience has drawn her to have a professional career as a Crisis Intervention Case Worker with the Vancouver Police Department. She is passionate and dedicated to making a difference in her community.
Director Meghan Hajash is a certified Expressive Art therapist who owns and runs the business Art Empowers. She was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, raised in the Tlingit First Nation culture and is a member of Teslin Tlingit Council. Currently Art Empowers works with Musqueam Indian Band (MIB) and MadeinBC dance on Tour Company. As a family grief therapist with MIB, Meghan offers one-to-one sessions, workshops and a variety of other work in the community. In addition to these, Art Empowers focuses on group Expressive Art Therapy workshops, speaking engagements, art education workshops and one-to-one sessions. Art Empowers has also worked with The Native Education College and Aunt Leah’s Place – Building a Brighter Future for Foster Kids. Meghan graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, QC with a BFA major Art Education. She has two teaching certificates. In addition, Meghan has three years of upper level psychology training from Island University and Basic Counselling Skills from Vancouver Community College. All in all, she has over fifteen years experience coordinating and developing programming working with many different groups of people. Meghan is extremely passionate about using Expressive Art therapy techniques in a cooperative and collaborative way supporting people’s quality of life.
Director Rebecca Le has been giving back to the community for many years and in 2001, she was awarded The Greater Vancouver Vietnamese Women’s Society Certificate of Achievement in recognition of her outstanding citizenship. Since 2001, she has continued to contribute and has served in an array of positions, including Sponsorship Coordinator for the UBC Mental Health Awareness Club and Core Group Planner for the UBC Mental Health Needs Assessment. She has also sat on a community advisory group, the Marpole Community Plan Outreach Group.  She has received homicide loss facilitator training from the BC Victims of Homicide (BCVOH) and has worked as a homicide loss support group facilitator. Presently, she volunteers as a crisis line call taker, group leader, and coach for the Crisis Line Program at Chimo Community Services. At the BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH), she continues as a Helpline trainer, providing support to trainees as they take their first Helpline calls. She is deeply passionate about BCBH and hopes that her passion to give back to the community will inspire others to make a difference in their communities as well.
Director Rachel Ricketts is a writer, intuitive grief coach, certified death doula and founder of loss&found, a platform supporting folks through loss and grief of all forms. As a corporate lawyer and loss sur-thriver she’s merged her love of advocacy with her passion for helping others in their most dire time of need, offering one-on-one grief coaching, support groups and grief retreats to help folks get from loss, to found. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Intercultural Education and Training from the University of Victoria as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She has further training in coaching individuals moving through loss and grief of all kinds, due to death or otherwise, and is a certified Level One Reiki practitioner.
Director Stan Smith is a retired libertarian with experience in public library management. He has a B.A. from Simon Fraser and an M.A. and M.L.S. from University of Toronto and a Certificate in Multicultural Communication and Counseling from UBC. As Chief Librarian one of his roles was helping the Library Board achieve its purpose of serving community. After retiring he was a volunteer for 8 years on The Board of PICS a provider of a wide range of multicultural services. He is currently a volunteer with Chimo Community Services. Stan is committed to creating services that are inclusive And devoted to meeting client needs. He looks forward to helping BCBH fulfill its important mandate.