SafeCare BC welcomes its latest Board members, Diana Hill, Carla Dempsey, and Famella Altejos. We are excited to have them join our organization, and bring their passion and experience.
Diana Hill is the Director of Home Support Services at Greater Vancouver Community Services, where she has been since 2005. She brings over 20 years of diverse management experience in both the public and private sectors. An aspect of her role at the Greater Vancouver Community Services includes working closely with the Agency’s Safety Officer and, together with other departmental leaders, works to maintain a COR certification (Certificate of Recognition), which the organization has held since 2013. Diana has a keen interest in safety and understands the challenges of providing safe care in a home and community setting.
Prior to working for Greater Vancouver Community Services, Diana held management positions at ParaMed Home Health for the New Westminster and Prince George offices and The Home Depot, in Port Coquitlam. Having attended the University of British Columbia and the BC Institute of Technology, she has a background in education, teaching the hearing impaired and human resources management.
Diana lived in Japan for eight years, where she taught English, and managed the foreign staff in the Tokyo office. She is married with two teenage step-children and lives in beautiful Deep Cove.
Carla Dempsey is a long-time BCGEU member, and dedicated labour activist who works for Beacon Community Services, as a community health worker. She is the frontline worker representative on the Board. Carla was elected vice president of the newly formed Component 8 in 2010 and prior to that was 1st Vice Chair of Component 4.
She says that creating inclusiveness, in a sector where the majority of members work in silos, is vital to the health of our union. Carla has made it a priority to provide opportunities and develop a sense of pride in the work that she and her colleagues do through education, conferences, and mentoring.
Carla constantly strives to improve working conditions for BCGEU members and the clients served in Community Health Services, and is particularly proud of achieving improvements to hours of work for Community Health Workers, raising the profile of members in her sector, and organizing independent agencies.
Growing up, Famella Altejos was lucky to have family members in health care. This sparked her interest in social services and medicine, and helped direct a career path towards her passion: leadership and management in health care.
After graduating with a Nursing Degree from the University of Victoria, she obtained the Advanced Critical Care designation at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. From there, Famella worked primarily in both acute care (ICU, Surgical, and Emergency), and community care for Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.
Since obtaining an Executive Masters in Business Administration Degree, she has worked for over 10 years in residential care management, in BC. Famella is passionate about helping our vulnerable population, and her biggest reward is seeing the direct impact on the lives of those she cares for.
FameIla is an avid hiker, traveler, and artist (she’s currently working on an Arts Diploma at Emily Carr University), and enjoys competitive sports, such as beach volleyball.