Pain BC Staff

Maria Hudspith

Maria Hudspith

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 has worked to bring Pain BC from concept to reality. Her work has involved mobilizing communities, engaging patients in organizational decision making, and advancing progressive agendas through policy change and program development. She is one of 15 Principal Investigators in the CIHR-funded Chronic Pain Network, the first national pain research network in Canada, and is the co-lead for patient engagement in the Network.

Maria is also the co-chair of the Canadian Pain Task Force, which was formed by the Government of Canada in March 2019 to assess the current state of pain in Canada and to recommend an improved approach to addressing pain in our country.

Daniel Silveyra

Daniel Silveyra

Director, Operations

Daniel manages Pain BC's operations and strategic initiatives. He has a background in economics and over 12 years of experience in project management, operations, strategy and human resources. He has worked for the consumer goods, financial services and consulting industries in Mexico (his country of origin), the UK and Canada. He is proud be part of the Pain BC team and is enthusiastic about driving positive change.

Helena Daudt

Helena Daudt, PhD

Director, Education

Helena leads Pain BC’s educational initiatives. She has more than two decades of experience as an educator and researcher in Brazil and Canada. Helena holds a PhD in Toxicology from Simon Fraser University and has supported health care improvement through research and education for nearly 15 years. Helena is passionate about building capacity among patients, their support network, and health care providers to ensure people receive high-quality care and experience the best quality of life possible. She is honored to be part of the Pain BC team.

Jen Hanson, Director of Innovation

Jen Hanson

Director, Innovation

Jen is Pain BC’s Director of Innovation, and has driven much of the organization’s work to catalyze change and build capacity among patients and providers in BC communities, including the development of Live Plan Be. Jen has worked in post-secondary, professional education, and technology for almost two decades. She is very proud to be part of Pain BC. 

 

Kathryn Sutton

Kathryn Sutton

Director, Communications

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.

Melanie McDonald

Melanie McDonald

Director, Support Services

Melanie is Pain BC’s Director of Support Services. She has a Masters of Social Work with a background working in direct practice, leadership, and clinical supervision in a variety of settings including oncology, hospice, and community care. She has a passion for supporting program development and leading diverse teams to deliver high quality and trauma-informed services. She is an Adjunct Professor (Research) at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Social Work. She is honoured to be part of the Pain BC team.

Angela Heino

Angela Heino

Senior Lead - Education Programs

Angela is responsible for Pain BC’s educational programs from inception to evaluation. She plans, oversees, and supports the development and delivery of courses, webinars, and educational resources. As a registered nurse with more than a decade of additional training and experience as an educator, Angela is passionate about building capacity among health care providers and supporting both interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration. Her graduate research work focused on the exploration of women’s pain experiences in relation to pressing health concerns and the need for creating culturally safe care environments. Angela is proud to support Pain BC’s work to transform the way pain is understood and treated.

Arielle Spence

Arielle Spence

Education Lead

Arielle supports the development, delivery and evaluation of Pain BC’s education programs. Originally from Vernon, BC, they have been living in Vancouver for more than 10 years and bring a breadth of experience in fundraising, event planning, and communications from working at various arts and education non-profit organizations. They are a life-long learner and are passionate about promoting equitable access to health care. 

Carmelle Jaeggle

Carmelle Jaeggle

Pain Support and Wellness Group Lead

Carmelle supports the delivery, development, and evaluation of Pain BC's Support Services programs. She is a registered social worker who brings years of experience working with the Vancouver Downtown Eastside community, primarily in mental health and substance use. She utilizes a strength-based, anti-oppressive lens when interacting with clients, with an emphasis on empowerment. She is excited to be part of the Pain BC team to explore innovative ways of supporting the well-being of people living with pain.

Danielle Harrison

Danielle Harrison

Pain Support Line Lead

Danielle supports the development, delivery and evaluation of Pain BC's Pain Support Line program. She is a registered social worker and brings years of experience working in non-profits, health organizations and disaster relief, with a focus on supporting people with disabilities, mental illnesses, substance use and trauma. Danielle works from a trauma-informed and client-centred approach with an emphasis on holistic care. Danielle’s professional and personal experiences have shaped her passion and interest in supporting people living with chronic pain and she is proud to contribute to Pain BC's mission. 

Gregg Moor

Gregg Moor

Project Manager

Gregg plans, leads, and coordinates all aspects of multi-stakeholder, provincial, local, and internal projects for Pain BC. With more than 15 years experience in managing interdisciplinary health projects aimed at health systems improvement in Canada and the US, he shepherds projects from start-up through completion to help attain Pain BC’s organizational goals. His background spans systems theory and methods, primary care, inter-professional collaboration, tobacco control, integrative medicine, and substance use.

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Hardeep Gill

Senior Support Services Lead

Hardeep originally joined Pain BC as a Masters of Social Work practicum student. Her current role at Pain BC consists of supporting the development, delivery and evaluation of the Pain Support Line. Hardeep is also working with the Pain BC team on ways to offer current services to different cultural groups. Her professional experience includes working in healthcare, supporting survivors of domestic violence, and working with individuals experiencing homelessness. She is proud to be part of Pain BC's important work.

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Jessica Hunter

Instructional Designer

As an Instructional Designer, Jessica is a key member in the development process of Pain BC’s educational projects and initiatives. She comes to Pain BC from the post-secondary world, where she worked as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her knowledge of educational theory, instructional design, human motivation, and the learning sciences is rooted in her MA in Educational Psychology from SFU and her BA from McGill University. Jessica is originally from Kingston, Ontario, but has spent time living in Quebec and British Columbia. She has called Vancouver home since 2018. Jessica is excited to bring important information about pain to the wider community via world-class educational programs at Pain BC.

Kimberlee Budd

Kimberlee Budd

Support Services Administrative Coordinator

Kimberlee coordinates the administrative processes for Pain BC’s Support Services programs. Her unique administrative history includes extensive experience with volunteer support, event organization, and retail management. She is honoured to support Pain BC’s mission to transform the way pain is understood and treated.

Kurt Du Bois

Kurt Du Bois

Education Coordinator

Kurt supports Pain BC’s programs and courses by coordinating participant and facilitator experiences, as well as aiding in the course evaluation process. Originally from Ottawa, his background is in finance and sports management, running events on both provincial and national scales. He is excited to contribute to Pain BC’s mission to improve the lives of those living with pain.

Leah Smith

Leah Smith

Communications Coordinator

Leah supports the development and implementation of Pain BC’s communications initiatives. Originally from Toronto, ON, her communications background spans from work in the film, television and hospitality industries. Her personal and professional experiences have shaped her interest in changing how chronic pain is understood and she is proud to contribute to Pain BC’s mission.

Priyanka Mehta

Priyanka Mehta

Communications Lead

Priyanka supports the development and implementation of Pain BC’s communications initiatives. She brings years of experience communicating for disability-related and other charitable organizations and has a particular interest in digital accessibility. Priyanka believes effective communication is a powerful tool for positive change and is proud to harness her skills and knowledge to support Pain BC’s vision of a future where no one is alone with pain.

Saeda Raghe

Saeda Raghe

Administrative Coordinator

Saeda supports operations processes and assists with program management to help attain Pain BC’s mission. She has extensive experience in operations and administration in the private and public sector. She brings her knowledge, background and lived experience to support Pain BC's effort in providing resources and support to people living with pain.

Sharestha Drall

Sharestha Drall

Database and Systems Coordinator

Sharestha supports the development and management of Pain BC's databases and systems, including its health care provider database for people living with pain. She has a diverse background in operations and technology through self-guided learning on databases, IT, and computer programming. Sharestha is excited for the opportunity to use her interdisciplinary education in neuroscience, psychology and classics, as well as her lived experience, to support Pain BC's efforts in providing resources and supports to people living with pain.

Tasha Lowe

Tasha Lowe

Social Worker

Tasha is an internationally experienced social worker who has worked in the United States, Jamaica and Canada in various roles serving a cross-section of clients, including women, children, and people living with HIV/AIDS, autism, substance use disorder and mental health conditions. She has extensive experience developing and delivering programs, as well as facilitating support groups. She is adept at addressing clients’ psychosocial needs and uncovering the unique factors that contribute to each individual’s situation. Tasha is excited to use her role on the Pain BC team as an avenue to serve others.

Tiasha Burch

Tiasha Burch

Operations Lead

Tiasha leads Pain BC’s operations and evaluation processes and manages its fund development efforts, coordinates internal processes, and assists with project and program management to help attain Pain BC’s mission. Her commitment to patient advocacy is driven by her diverse research and administrative background, as well as her lived experience and interdisciplinary education in political and health sciences. She is proud to take part in the progressive social changes made by Pain BC.

Tristen Wybou

Tristen Wybou

Coaching for Health Lead

Tristen supports the day-to-day management of Pain BC's Support Services programs for people living with pain and provides leadership to program volunteers. He also provides direct support to clients, conducts program intakes and liaises with community stakeholders. His academic background in psychology and lived experience have informed his years in community services work as an aboriginal peer mentor, counsellor and coordinator.

Virginia Sou

Virginia Sou

Finance Manager

As a designated accountant, Virginia provides Pain BC with financial leadership and direction and develops effective financial control systems. Having spent the past 15 years in the real estate industry, she brings her knowledge, background and lived experience to support Pain BC in its mission to enhance the well-being of people living with pain.