Jennifer Lyle, Executive Director
Jennifer Lyle is the first Executive Director for SafeCare BC. As both a practising Kinesiologist and a published author, Lyle brings with her a rich background in health care and a wealth of experience. She received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia and is also the Director and Marketing Chair of the BC Association of Kinesiologists. Furthermore, from 2008-2009 Lyle worked on the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority/Simon Fraser University: Special Care Unit Research Project, co-authoring the final report evaluating the design and care policies of 26 special care units in the VCH region.
Jennifer is an avid hiker, as well as an accomplished ultimate Frisbee player through which she even coordinated a workshop focused on Injury Prevention for Ultimate Players, with the Vancouver Ultimate League.
Saleema Dhalla completed her Masters of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene in 2010 at UBC. She began her career in the geochemical industry, implementing a safety program to account for a diverse range of occupational exposures and improve worker safety. In her most recent role, Saleema designed and executed systems at the provincial and national level to reduce workplace injuries and improve employee well-being. Saleema also led the development and execution of a province wide initiative that standardized and improved the safety program at 300 locations across BC, gaining COR certification and thus providing significant cost savings. Saleema has also acted as a consultant to a wide array of businesses in many sectors, including healthcare, finance, and heavy industry.
In her personal time, Saleema enjoys being active. As a certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, Saleema enjoys creating an environment that is fun and allows her students to work to their physical limits. She also enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.
Ken Donohue, Director of Communications and Member Services
Ken joins the SafeCare BC team with an 18-year background in health communications, having worked for large and small organizations. Ken has developed numerous health campaigns, and led a team that was nominated for a BC Health Care Award for developing an online organ donor registry, the first in Canada. He is inspired by those who create positive and lasting impressions for the people they care for.
Curious by nature and fascinated by the places, people and stories that make up our world, Ken is an accomplished author of more than 70 feature magazine articles. Passionate about writing and travel, his wife once remarked that Ken’s hobby is his passport.
Hanna Nickel, Program and Events Coordinator
Hanna Nickel has a background in government, communications, and office management. She completed her BA in Political Science and hopes to gain her masters degree in Public Policy. Prior to joining SafeCare BC, Hanna worked at a property development company in Vancouver doing communications and office management.
Hanna loves being outdoors and is especially passionate about skiing and kayaking. When not outside, Hanna can be found cooking, drinking coffee, or buried in a book. On weekends, she teaches in a therapeutic horse-back riding program for children and adults with a wide-range of mental and physical disabilities. Hanna is excited about the work SafeCareBC is doing and happy to be apart of the team.
Lara Croll, Policy Analyst
Originally from Abbotsford, Lara Croll has a Masters of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics. Prior to joining the SafeCare BC team, Lara interned for the BC Care Providers in 2014, and also worked in the customer service industry for eight years.
On weekends, Lara enjoys swimming, pottery, and volunteering for Watari Counselling and Services Society.”
Lily Nguyen, Administrative Assistant & Board Secretariat
Prior to joining BCCPA, Lily worked on contract with SafeCare BC as a Special Project Coordinator supporting the organization’s expansion to the home support sector. She has also worked on several consulting projects for some of Vancouver’s more popular local businesses, published a research booklet on human rights, and has a small business on the side.
In her spare time, Lily can be found travelling, attending concerts, crafting, watching documentaries, and cuddling dogs.