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 two-year terms and Directors can serve up to three terms.
Our Board of Directors is responsible for strategic planning and overseeing the organization’s financial management while actively fundraising and supporting the sustainability and growth of our services., We are always looking for new Board members to join our dynamic team. If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please contact us at 604-738-9950, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, John Dubé is a registered social worker and registered clinical counsellor. He has been in senior management for over 20 years overseeing such programs as suicide prevention/intervention, counselling and education, health-based case management, immigration services, human resources, finance and accreditation. John successfully guided MOSAIC’s bid for CARF Accreditation achieved in 2010. He is currently MOSAIC’s Senior Manager for Settlement Programs, supporting staff in their work with clients as they integrate into Canadian society. In addition, John is an Adjunct Instructor at Adler University teaching graduate level Ethics in Counselling Psychology.
Past President, Colleen Chapman has served the BCBH for several years. She was President from March 2014, to January 2018, and was Vice President for two years previously. She worked with the Past-President of BCBH for nearly 15 years. Colleen has worked and volunteered in non-profit organizations for the past thirty years, and has a variety of skills to bring to 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 founded and leads the Friends of Church Street Society in Edmonton and continues to volunteer wherever she can be of service. She looks forward to serving the Board as past president for as long as possible.
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.
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, Dr. Alana Abramson is currently on the faculty in the Department of Criminology for Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She bridges the community with education, providing opportunities for her students to be in the criminal justice field and learn from those who have directly experienced it. Alana uses experiential and transformative learning techniques, storytelling and guest speakers to engage students. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the the BC Bereavement Helpline. Alana is passionate about enhancing access to and education about victim-sensitive restorative justice practices. She has been advocate, trainer, and researcher with respect to restorative justice since 2000. Alana currently resides in Kamloops and loves vegan food, yoga, hiking and being in nature, her two cats, and travelling with her partner.
Director, Maja Futrell-Frühling has been involved in various activities within the community including supporting non-profits in the producing of theatre performances, working in child development and with the affects of prenatal trauma. She has continued on to volunteer with youth and the bereaved, recently she finished her second diploma program, this one in therapeutic counselling. She is a teacher’s assistant with Clearmind International and continues to study the impact of loss and trauma on the family system as a whole and within the 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, Dr. Asa-Sophia Maglio, PhD, RCC