Together We Give Hope

Board of Directors

Pam Bilusack – Director
Manager of Development, Kidney Foundation of Canada

Dan Cox – Director
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Morgan Gough – Vice-President
Quantitative Analyst, Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management

Brandon Ma – Treasurer
Senior Manager, KPMG

Alexis Martis – Director
Associate Director, BC Cancer Foundation

Bob Meyer – President
Retired

Jude Platzer – Director
Retired

Mark Price – Director
Businessman

Doug Querns – Director
Director of Finance, YMCA of Greater Vancouver

Rob Wallis – Director
Senior Consultant, VELA Weatlh

Kevin Westell – Director
Lawyer, Pender Litigation

Stacy Ashton Executive Director
Crisis Centre of BC

Biographies

Pam Bilusack – Director

Manager of Development, Kidney Foundation of Canada

Pam is an outspoken advocate for mental health. Pam lost her brother to suicide and lives a life determined to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide by being open and transparent. She is Manager of Development at the Kidney Foundation with extensive experience in event organization and communications.

Dan Cox – Director

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Dan Cox is an Assistant Professor at the University of British, Counselling Psychology Program. Dan completed his B.S. in Psychology at York College of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2009. He did his clinical internship at Brigham Young University’s Counseling Center. Following his degree, Dan did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), focusing on theoretical and applied suicide research. Following his post-doctoral fellowship, he then spent a year at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in the Department of Psychiatry at USU as a Research Psychologist before starting at UBC in 2012. Dan’s scholarly interests include social support’s impact on mental health & well-being; what facilitates help-seeking; predictors of suicide; the process and outcome of group and individual psychotherapy; trauma, stress & coping; and veteran & military populations.

Morgan Gough – Vice-President

Quantitative Analyst, Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management

Morgan Gough is a Quantitative Analyst at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management. Prior to joining CC&L IM, Morgan founded Alpha Numerics Capital Management, Ltd., where he built and implemented successful equity trading algorithms; he has also served a brief stint as a consultant. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree (honours) from UBC.

Brandon Ma – Treasurer

Senior Manager, KPMG

Brandon is a Senior Manager in the Audit and Accounting practice of the professional services firm of KPMG. He is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC. With KPMG, Brandon has worked with numerous not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Brandon has volunteered extensively with Scouts Canada at both a grassroots level and in a volunteer managerial level. Most recently, he completed a 3-year term as the lead volunteer responsible for Scouting activities in the Lower Mainland.

Alexis Martis – Director

Associate Director, BC Cancer Foundation

Alexis was on the Crisis Centre staff team from 2008 to 2011 as a Development and Communication Officer, before moving to the BC Cancer Foundation and working her way up to Associate Director of Leadership Giving. Alexis served as a crisis line volunteer and board director for a crisis centre in Ontario. We are so pleased to invite Alexis back to our organization as a Board Director.

Bob Meyer – President

Retired

Soon after retiring from BC Rail as a Senior Systems Analyst, Bob took his Distress Services Training at the Crisis Centre in July 2005. In 2006 Bob became a Training Assistant and soon thereafter took on Buddy/Mentor work with new trainees. To date, Bob has completed well over 1500+ hours at the Crisis Centre. For nearly ten years Bob was an integral part of the day-to-day operation of the Distress Line. While volunteering his time as Crisis Responder, Bob created skills guidelines for the Training Assistance role and also took on a leadership role to mentor Training Assistants. Bob has been a great role model for Crisis Centre volunteers and has continued his leadership work as a member of the Board of Directors.

Jude Platzer – Director

Retired

After the tragic loss of her 15-year-old son, Jude founded the Josh Platzer Society for Teen Suicide Prevention in 2001 and turned her grief into action. Since this time, she has been dedicated to “breaking the silence,” and removing the stigma of suicide through open conversations with parents, youth educators, and medical and social service professionals. Jude’s efforts have ensured the success of three major forums on suicide prevention and she has motivated students to distribute 10,000 wrist bands, imprinted with crisis line phone number and website. Through her ongoing and expanding efforts, Jude Platzer has made a profound and lasting impact on the health and well-being of BC’s youth. Jude is a recipient of the BC Community Achievement Awards.

Mark Price – Director

Businessman

Mark is a successful businessman who brings skills in finance, marketing, organizational management, government relations and business. After living in three different countries and six different cities, Mark now calls Vancouver his home and is excited about giving back to this community. The Crisis Centre and its mission have special meaning as people very close to Mark have relied on similar services over the years for help. When he is not working, Mark can be found running, cycling and hiking with his partner Ellen.

Doug Querns – Director

Director of Finance, YMCA of Greater Vancouver

Doug has worked for corporate and not-for-profit organizations for over 20 years in senior Finance & accounting roles and currently is the Director of Finance, YMCA of Greater Vancouver. He holds an MBA from the University of BC and is a CPA with a CGA legacy designation. He has been involved in the community in a voluntary capacity for a number of years. Doug currently serves as President of the Board for the North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre and has previously held Board roles with BC Stroke Recovery Association, Autism Society of BC and Mt Seymour United Church. Doug’s community involvement includes 13 years as a member of North Shore Search & Rescue and ten years as a youth soccer coach for the North Shore Girls Soccer Club.

Rob Wallis – Director

Senior Consultant, VELA Weatlh

Rob is a Senior Consultant with VELA Wealth Management Inc. VELA Wealth creates meaningful, lifelong relationships with successful entrepreneurs and their families, connecting them to the power, potential and responsibility of building and protecting their wealth. British born and raised, Rob and his family moved to Vancouver in 2016. When not working or spending time with family, Rob loves travelling, being outdoors, hiking and skiing. Rob’s close friend took his life in 2013. This tragic experience was the motivation for Rob becoming involved in suicide prevention serving as a board member for the Crisis Centre.

Kevin Westell – Director

Lawyer, Pender Litigation

Kevin is a defense attorney who is often retained to act as Crown Counsel, counsel for witnesses and as amicus curiae (counsel appointed by the court to ensure the fairness of the proceedings). He is well aware of how mental health issues present in the criminal justice system, particularly among marginalized communities.

Stacy Ashton, Executive Director

Stacy started her career in the non-profit sector as a volunteer on the Crisis Lines, prior to completing her Masters in Counselling and working in the field as a Suicide Intervention Counsellor. She spent over a decade focused on non-profit management and volunteer engagement as the Executive Director of Community Volunteer Connections, and as the Provincial Coordinator of Volunteer Resources with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. She is thrilled to be bringing her experience and skills back to the place she started. In her spare time, Stacy serves on the New Westminster Public Library Board, makes movies, and hangs out with her husband and cats.