Board of Directors

We are governed by a passionate Board of Directors who bring a a strong track record in Healthy Communities, municipal governance, evidence-based research and strategic innovation.  

Judy Brownoff, President & Chair

Municipal Councillor

Judy is a Municipal Councillor for the District of Saanich, and a Director at the Capital Regional District, and has been in office since 1994. She has been a passionate advocate for healthy communities for many years and currently holds the following local appointments:  Chair, Saanich Administrative Traffic Committee; Council Liaison to Engineering, Ministry of Transportation, School Districts and the University of Victoria. 

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Trevor Hancock, Vice President

Professor, Senior Scholar
School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant and is currently a professor and senior scholar at the new School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. His main areas of interest are health promotion, healthy cities and communities, healthy public policy, environmental health, health policy and planning, and health futurism. 

Dr. Hancock is one of the founders of the global Healthy Cities and Communities movement and has had a long-standing interest in the relationship between human and ecosystem health and the need to integrate health and sustainability at the community level. He is the founding Chair of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and was also instrumental in initiating BC Healthy Communities. He has consulted to healthy city/community projects in several countries (notably Sweden and the USA) as well as across Canada. He was the principal consultant for the Healthy Toronto 2000 project and a consultant to the Canadian and the WHO Europe Healthy Cities Projects.

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Scott Graham, Treasurer

Associate Executive Director, Manager of Research, Planning and Consulting
Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC)

Scott is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society and holds a Bachelor of Education (Distinction) as well as a Master’s degree in Theory and Policy Studies in Education from the University of Toronto. Scott specializes in applied qualitative and quantitative research, human development service planning, policy development, capacity building, evaluation and knowledge translation. He has completed projects through contracts or funding awards from a diverse range of local, national and international organizations, including: Canadian Council for Social Development, City of Vancouver, Columbia Basin Trust, Gitksan Government Commission, Fraser Basin Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Vancouver Public Library, Office of the Wet’su’wet’en, United Nations Development
Programme University of British Columbia and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. 

Scott has published over 50 applied studies and peer reviewed academic articles on homelessness, poverty and income inequality, food insecurity, participatory budgeting, capacity development among civil society organizations and other related community development topics. Scott is keen to work with people who are committed to evidence-based community planning and developmental processs that achieve social justice outcomes.


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Paul Pallan, Director

Health Consultant

Paul holds a BSc, Diploma in Hospital Administration and Certificate in Public Administration. He has over 40 years of experience in the social policy area and has held senior positions in the health care sector, in education and in children’s services. He has been an Assistant Deputy Minister of Health as well as serving  for six years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Education.  Paul has played a significant role in managing and funding support services for vulnerable children, including Aboriginal, ESL, special needs and high risk children in the education system. 

For the past 10 years, he has been providing consulting services to a number of provincial government ministries; to non profit agencies; other provinces and the federal government. His work covers a wide range of health, education and social policy areas and services provided include strategic planning; policy development; project management and facilitation of small and large groups.

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Allison Habkirk

Planner, Local Government Expert and Trainer

Allison Habrkirk has a BA, MA (Planning), MPA, MCIP has thirty five years of experience in local government as a professional, elected official, and educator. Allison is a Registered Planner who has worked as a staff planner, consultant and trainer for local governments and the Province of BC, and is the author of a number of publications on local government planning including How local governments improve health and community well-being.  She maintains a keen interest in leadership development, strategic planning, and small town planning.

Ms. Habkirk is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and an Instructor with Capilano University.  She served as Program Manager for the Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA), which provides leadership training to local government and First Nations elected officials and senior staff.

She served as Mayor and Councillor for the District of Central Saanich for three terms of office.

Ms. Habkirk is the recipient of the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration Alumni Award for Excellence in the Public Sector and the Planning Institute of B.C. Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in the Field of Planning.

A lifelong learner, Allison recently completed courses in leadership training and governance at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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