´╗┐Our Team

 

We are an interdisciplinary team of dedicated and passionate community builders. We care about community health and well-being. We go the extra mile to support building healthier, thriving, resilient communities. 
 
Our team complement of planners, public health professionals and community practitioners bring the most effective practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice to inform our work. Understanding that different challenges merit different approaches, we use a range of tools, resources and facilitated processes for maximum impact.   

Jodi Mucha

Jodi Mucha

Executive Director

Jodi has a Masters in Environment and Management, as well as more than 20 years of community development experience working both at the local and international level. She also has a strong background in engagement and leadership, community change and practice-based research. She provides expertise in multi-sectoral collaboration and partnerships, systems thinking, the healthy communities approach and practical approaches to understanding the links between the determinants of health.

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Claudia de Haan-Hewett

Claudia de Haan-Hewett

Operations Specialist

Claudia has been working in the field of sustainable (community) development for several years now. She was involved in various sustainable tourism projects in Europe before she moved to Canada. Claudia has a Bachelor of Business Administration and has extensive experience in event management and coordination, project and financial management. Through her work and travel experiences in Europe, North America and North Africa she has gained a deep understanding of the importance of communities for creating healthier cities and building resilience.

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Sandy Mackay

Sandy Mackay

Healthy Community Planner

Sandy is a committed community planner who believes that planning is a powerful tool for equitable and socially motivated growth. He is passionate about public discourse and encourages self-reflective planning practices and progressive policy-making.

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Johanna Henderson

Johanna Henderson

Communications Specialist

Hailing from Charlie Lake in northern British Columbia, Johanna is a seasoned communicator and researcher with a deep curiosity about communities and the people that comprise them. Her background includes work with a variety of community-based organizations across the province.

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Connie Berrios

Connie Berrios

Research & Evaluation Specialist

Connie strives to empower communities to take their health and well-being into their own hands. Using a strength-based approach, she provides communities with the tools and resources needed to help them make decisions most beneficial for them. Through continuous learning, reflection and improvement, her aim is to make equitable, community-driven, sustainable contributions to community development programs. 

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Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson

Healthy Community Planner

Emily is a community planner who is passionate about the potential for planning and design to promote health and well-being. She believes in community knowledge and expertise as powerful levers to support equitable and sustainable decision-making. Emily’s background includes a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning. Her past experience includes projects focusing on urban design, active transportation, physical activity, sustainability and social inclusion.

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Claire Sauvage-Mar

Claire Sauvage-Mar

Grants & Engagement Coordinator

Claire Sauvage-Mar holds a BA in Political Science and an MSc in Kinesiology. Her international background includes work with non-profit organizations in Korea, Vietnam, and New York City. She brings expertise in community engagement, physical activity and lifelong health research, and a deep belief that holistic public health and planning are essential to thriving and resilient communities. She loves learning from her colleagues in Victoria and collaborators around the province.  

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Jacob Cramer

Jacob Cramer

Researcher

Jacob’s background includes a Bachelor of Political Science from UBC and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Urban and Rural Planning from Langara. This applied education in community land-use planning, paired with a focus on domestic and social policy, provides him with a wide-ranging set of tools and approaches for working in and with communities. His past experience includes projects focusing on equity and sustainability, and he brings these lenses to his work at BC Healthy Communities.

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Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson

Communications Coordinator

 Kathryn is a graduate of the Media Studies program at the University of Guelph-Humber and holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies with a diploma in Media Communications. Throughout university she was involved in research projects and leadership positions around the school, and recently completed an honours thesis investigating news literacy in teenagers. 

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Lauren Olson

Administration & HR Assistant

With a diverse background including training in photography, human resources, counselling, sound production and leadership, Lauren brings a range of skills supporting all aspects of administration and HR. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences in Counselling and a Post-Degree Diploma in Business Administration, with a focus on Human Resource Management and Leadership from Camosun College. 

 

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Jennifer Butcher (currently on leave)

Jennifer Butcher (currently on leave)

Community Well-being Specialist

Jennifer brings several years of experience as a learning facilitator and sustainability coach for population health promotion initiatives to her role. She believes in supporting communities to grow and thrive through upstream approaches, cross-sector collaboration, and asset-based strategies.

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