The Child Health BC Team
Maureen O'Donnell MD MSc FRCPC
Child Health BC
Dr Maureen O'Donnell is the Executive Director of Child Health BC and Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Pediatrics.
Prior to her role with CHBC, Dr O'Donnell joined BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and UBC in 1993 after completing her MD, pediatric residency and fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics and a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology. Her roles have included that of developmental pediatrician, Senior Medical Director, UBC Division Head for Developmental Pediatrics and Faculty member Child and Family Research Institute. She served as Special Advisor to BC's Deputy Minister of Health regarding children with special needs for almost 5 years. She assumed the leadership of CHBC in October 2010.
Dr O'Donnell is the current chair of the Boards of Directors for the Children's Healthcare Canada (formerly known as Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres) and recently completed serving on the Board of the Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) National Centre of Excellence. She is a Past-President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. She was the founding Chair of the Royal College's Committee on Developmental Pediatrics and continues to serve on the Royal College's Examination Board. She has served as President, Canadian Pediatric Society Developmental Section.
Jennifer Scarr RN, MSN
Provincial Director, Primary Care and Preventive Health
Child Health BC
Jennifer Scarr is Provincial Director, Primary Care and Preventive Health with Child Health BC. In this role she is focusing on provincial initiatives related to oral health, injury prevention, healthy weights, and child and youth health and well being indicators. Jennifer is also working on initiatives that support integrated primary and community care, specifically in the areas of asthma and diabetes.
Jennifer completed a Bachelor's of Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba and a Master's of Nursing Degree at the University of British Columbia. She has experience in public health nursing, prevention education, as well as project management. In her previous role at Vancouver Coastal Health, Jennifer led the implementation of provincial initiatives and provided leadership for regional projects.
L Kit Johnson MBA, BSc (Pharm)
Provincial Director, Clinical Service Innovation and Quality
Child Health BC
Kit Johnson is Provincial Director, Clinical Service Innovation and Quality. In this role, she has overarching responsibility for many things including Virtual Care, Outreach/Regional Clinics and implementation of change initiatives related to the Tiers of Service Work. She will also help in further developing the quality- and safety-related items in our quality work.
Kit has been in health care administration for over 30 years. Since completing her Master's in Business Administration (she also holds a degree in pharmacy), Kit has held senior provincial leadership positions in both research and acute healthcare organizations. Her senior experience in administrating and implementing research programs in multiple domains, from cancer to public health in both British Columbia and Alberta, will be critical in supporting our innovation and quality programs. In her recent role as Executive Director, Research Priorities and Implementation for Alberta Health Services, Kit designed and led the provincial operations and governance needs of a large, diverse and evolving health research organization embedded in a "care"structure.
Barb Kenny, MHS
Business Affairs Manager
Child Health BC
Barb Kenny is Business Affairs Manager for Child Health BC. In this role she provides financial leadership in budgeting, human resource expertise, analysis and operational business process reviews. Barb is involved in the development and coordination of strategic action and work plans in collaboration with leaders to optimize program initiatives.
Barb completed a Bachelor's in Leadership Management (Healthcare Specialty) at BCIT and a Master's Degree in Health Studies at Athabasca University in Alberta by distance ed. She has diverse experience in both public and private industry. Barb owned and operated her own business for 20 years before returning to healthcare. She has spent the last ten years in various administrative leadership roles at Sunny Hill Health Center for Children.
Child Health BC Regional Coordinators
Fraser Health - Nicole Cave
Interior Health - Coming Soon
Island Health - Shannon Moffat
Vancouver Coastal Health - Theresa McElroy
Northern Health - Coming Soon
Child Health BC Additional Team Members
Senior Data Analyst - Gary Hoyano
Provincial Lead, Early Years Health & Wellness - Sana Fakih
Manager, Children's Virtual Care - Joelle Pellegrin
Project Coordinator Technology - Lorna Simms
Executive Assistant to Dr. O'Donnell - Virginia Concon
Administrative Assistant - Jacquie Innes
Administrative Assistant - Shirley de Souza
Contractors and Secondees
Child Health BC is grateful to the contractors and secondees who work with the team to make the many initiatives come to fruition. Their unique talents contribute in important ways.