Our facilitators work together to prepare and host our support group meetings and/or conduct workshops/training for professionals and the general public. Our facilitators have extensive training in bereavement and support group facilitation. Many carry with them personal experiences of traumatic loss. Others have studied extensively in related fields that allows them to provide a trauma informed and compassionate perspective to their work.
Sue Baker is a registered social worker with the BC College of Social Workers and has been practicing in the field of crisis intervention and trauma for 23 years. She is a Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS) and a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS), as well as a Certified Field Traumatologist with the Traumatology Institute of Toronto. Sue has completed extensive training in Critical Incident Stress Management and is a volunteer with the Disaster Psychosocial Network of BC. Sue is currently working in police victim services with individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by crime and trauma.
Jas Cheema delved into end of life care over 15 years ago. She has companioned bereaved families one-on-one, facilitated grief support groups, and has served on various end-of-life committees and consultations. In addition she has helped develop culturally sensitive education material for families in Hospice/Palliative Care. Currently she is working with Surrey Hospice Society to provide culturally sensitive bereavement services to the South Asian community. Jas’s work is all about equity and fostering meaningful relations. Her “Language of Life” program weaves yoga and meditation with course work that enables participants to build healthy thought patterns and a strong emotional foundation which in turn supports a meaningful and fulfilling life. Jas has a passion for connecting with people in an honest and genuine manner. It is through this connection that she helps her bereaved clients arrive at a place of acceptance and resolution.
Maja Futrell-Frühling has worked with children, volunteered with the Urban Native Youth Association and the BC Bereavement helpline where she is a board member. She has experience with suicide loss, bereavement and did her Traumatic Loss Facilitator Training with the BC Bereavement Helpline. She has a diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy as well as Therapeutic Counselling, which she earned with Clearmind International where she is an assistant teacher and group co-lead, her private practice is Settling Steps Counselling where she offers grief support.
Jessica Lowe is a group facilitator for the Homicide Grief and Suicide Grief support groups. She has first-hand knowledge and experience with homicide loss with the death of her sister, as well as the traumatic deaths of her other two siblings from cancer and substance use. Jessica brings understanding and compassion to her facilitation. After a career in Marketing, she returned to school for a Social Services Worker Certification from Langara College and is now the BCBH Executive Director.
Brad Martin is a practising Registered Therapeutic Counsellor in good standing with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists (BC) and the Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta. He graduated from the Clearmind International Training Institute in 2017 with a diploma in Transpersonal Therapeutic Counselling. Brad supports many charitable causes and is currently a regular volunteer at Honour House. Honour House is a “home away from home” for members of our Military, Emergency Services, and First Responders Personnel and their families to stay, completely free of charge, while receiving medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area. Brad is a full-time employee of a Vancouver based software company where he has worked in the Investigations Unit since 2006. Prior to working in software Brad enjoyed a 25-year career with the Calgary Police Service in many different tasks including Crime Scenes Investigations, Major Crimes Investigations and Organized Crimes Investigations. Brad assists the BCBH with his broad experience from the policing world and his therapeutic understanding of the process of sadness and grief.
Jessica Wolf Ortiz is a registered clinical counsellor with the BC Clinical Counselling Association and has a Master degree in Family Therapy. She has devoted part of her 20 year clinical work to grief therapy and suicide bereavement. She wrote a book about suicide aftermath called “Overcoming Suicide Bereavement: The experience of those that stay” which is available in Spanish for now.