Staff

Driving Positive Change in BC

Our staff, made up of a group of experts, is responsible for implementing Pain BC’s policies and driving action. They report to the Board of Directors and manage our day-to-day operations. Pain BC's work also wouldn't be possible without our dedicated volunteers: faculty, board members, event volunteers, Committee members, and patient leaders. 

 

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Maria Hudspith

Maria Hudspith

Job Title: 
Executive Director

Maria joined Pain BC in June 2010 as the inaugural Executive Director. With two decades of experience in community development and systems change, Maria contributes specialized guidance to achieve tangible results. Most of her work has involved mobilizing communities, democratizing organizations and advancing progressive agendas through policy change and program development.

Maria is honoured to be a part of the growth and development of this exciting and much needed organization.

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Jen Hanson

Job Title: 
Director, Education and Engagement

Jen leads Pain BC’s education initiatives and oversees the organization’s work to catalyse change and build capacity among patients and providers in BC communities. She also drove the development of Live Plan Be, Pain BC’s unique online self-management tool. Jen has worked in post-secondary, professional education, and technology for almost two decades. She is very proud to be part of Pain BC. 

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Nicki Kahnamoui

Job Title: 
Director, Strategic Initiatives

Nicki leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of Pain BC’s strategic initiatives, including those emerging from the 2017 Provincial Pain Summit. Building on her two decades of experience in strategic and operational planning and implementation, Nicki engages Pain BC’s extensive network and community to conceptualize each project as part of a system and plan strategically for optimum processes, outputs, and outcomes.

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Kathryn Sutton

Job Title: 
Communications Lead

Kat leads Pain BC’s communications initiatives. She brings more than a decade of experience in communicating for progressive non-profits, with a particular focus on marginalized communities including those living with HIV, poverty, substance use and mental illness. She has worked as a journalist, writing for local and international publications, and has contributed to guidebooks on food and travel. She is proud to contribute to Pain BC's significant efforts to transform the way pain is understood and treated in BC.

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Sim Jhutti

Job Title: 
Communications Coordinator

Sim supports Pain BC’s communications efforts, including managing its social media presence and its websites painbc.ca and liveplanbe.ca. She hosts the monthly Pain Waves podcast, which brings together leading experts on pain-related topics and people living with pain. Sim brings years of experience in providing patient-facing support and services to diverse populations, including those living with mental illnesses, substance use, HIV and poverty, as well as rural populations and university students.

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Dorota Hedzelek

Job Title: 
Program Manager, Support Services

Dorota manages the Support Services programs at Pain BC. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 20 years of experience in providing counselling and social work services with focus on women’s, children’s and family issues. She brings cross-cultural experience in social services networks across Poland, Ghana, the US and Canada, working with government and community agencies to promote child and family welfare. 

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Lina Abouzaid

Job Title: 
Project Coordinator

Lina provides operational support to a variety of Pain BC’s portfolios, including the Project Management Office (PMO), support services, strategic initiatives and education committee. She maintains various software systems that are instrumental to Pain BC’s support services and in managing stakeholder data, and is directly involved in data collection and performance evaluation. Lina also supports the planning and coordination of all Pain BC events. She brings a wide range of experience in quality improvement, project management and organizational behaviour.