The COTBC Board of Directors leads the College and oversees all aspects of operations. There are six occupational therapists who are elected by registrants of the College and three public members appointed by the provincial government.
The College could not operate without the dedicated support of the board members. Key responsibilities of the board include setting and guiding the organization’s direction, ensuring necessary resources and monitoring performance to meet the College’s mandate.
The board is responsible for ensuring the College fulfils its mandate, as set out in the Health Professions Act, the Occupational Therapists Regulation, and the College bylaws.
Board of Directors
Joy Parsons – Chair
Public (appointed) Members
Trudy Hubbard – North Vancouver
Jeff Boniface – North Vancouver
Public (appointed) Members
Trudy Hubbard, North Vancouver
Trudy Hubbard is past Executive Director North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, past President, Possibility Thinking Consultants, developed the BC Centre for Non-Profit Development course and twenty years experience in the BC Public Service as regulator/manager Audit Division, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. Trudy’s high ethical standards and integrity, flexibility, fairness and strong reasoning skills serve her well throughout the years. She is committed to the North Vancouver community serving on the Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society board, North Shore Council for the Office of the Seniors Advocate BC and volunteer North Shore Neighborhood House.
Trudy was appointed to the board in 2014 and is the current chair of the Registration Committee.
Mary O’Callaghan is a Principal with Devonshire Advisory Inc. and provides advisory services to clients throughout BC. Her practice focuses particularly on Family Enterprise Succession assisting families to transition ownership and management of their business to the next generation of family members. She also works with clients on governance, strategic planning, and organization development projects. Mary retired in 2015 as a partner after 25 years with KPMG’s Management Consulting practice. She holds Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of British Columbia, is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant and a certified Family Enterprise Advisor. Mary previously served on the Boards of Directors of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia, the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, and on the Council of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants in BC.
Mary was re-appointed to the board in 2015 and currently sits on the Inquiry Committee and Governance Panel.
Guenter Weckerle, Williams Lake
Guenter Weckerle is currently the Owner of CC Forest Management. Previously, Guenter was the Woods Manager for West Fraser Mills in Williams Lake and the Forestry Supervisor for West Fraser Mills in Smithers. Active in his community, he is involved in the Williams Lake Rotary Club. Mr. Weckerle is a member of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, a Governor for Thompson Rivers University and a Director for Tsi Del Del Development Corporation. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Guenter was appointed to the board in 2014 and currently sits on the Quality Assurance Committee.
Elected Board Members
Jeff Boniface, North Vancouver
Jeff is an occupational therapist with over 22 years of experience. He is the owner and director of a community-based occupational therapy private practice in Greater Vancouver. While currently completing a Master of Science in Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia, Jeff is also a clinical instructor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Jeff began his three-year term on February 1, 2018.
Jennifer Glasgow, Vancouver
Jennifer returns to the COTBC Board this year. She previously served as a board member from 2004-2010 and recently completed 12 years on the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC). With this experience and her professional and personal growth in the past six years she feels well prepared and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Jennifer graduated with a BScOT from UBC in 2001 and completed a Royal Roads Master of Arts in Leadership and Training (Health Specialization) in 2007. She has worked for Vancouver Coastal Health Community Mental Health and Addictions since 2003, specifically for the past nine years as the Clinical Supervisor at the South Mental Health and Substance Use Services. Jennifer recently moved into a management position in the team and am looking forward to continuing to help shape client-centred, recovery-driven care and supporting staff through the constant change in health care. She enjoys how the public protection focus of the College has influenced her clinical and leadership positions and hopes to bring a strong registrant voice to the Board.
Jennifer began her three-year term on February 1, 2017 and has joined the Governance Panel.
Elizabeth McLean, Kamloops
Since graduating from McMaster University in 1999, Elizabeth has worked for 17 years in direct clinical practice. Her career has stretched over three provinces and in several practice settings including acute care, rehabilitation, community care, private practice, medical legal and outpatient care. She has worked with clients of all ages and currently has her own private practice, as the occupational therapist at the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism in Kamloops. Elizabeth is also fortunate to live in Sun Peaks with her young family and takes advantage of all the outdoor opportunities, and is an active volunteer.
Elizabeth regularly participates in continuing education and believes this is a cornerstone of maintaining professionalism and competence within all of our practices. As a newly elected member of the board, she plans to share her extensive clinical base, passion for direct client care and ongoing professional development, to ensure that occupational therapy is safe and effective for the many populations we serve.
Elizabeth began her three-year term on February 1, 2017 and is the elected board representative on the Registration Committee.
Joy Parsons, Surrey
Joy is an occupational therapist and health care leader with 25 years’ experience in clinical care, operations management, service planning, and program development. She has worked with different client groups spanning adults to the elderly in acute, rehabilitation and residential settings. In 2003, Joy obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), which shifted her career to administration, strategic planning, facility design and construction. Most recently she has combined her health care experience and business acumen as the CEO of Fair Haven United Church Homes, a non-profit organization that provides seniors care and housing options.
Joy enjoys her family life with her husband and two sons. They have a dynamic lifestyle in greater Vancouver that includes skiing, golfing, lacrosse, soccer and baseball as well as camping and travel. Joy is an energetic member in her community as sports managers for soccer and baseball.
Joy joined the board as a member in 2015, and was re-elected in 2016, to begin her second, three-year term on February 1, 2017. She is currently the chair and sits on the Governance Panel.
Carin Plischke, Victoria
In 2003 Carin began her occupational therapy practice in a variety of settings from primary care to long-term care. She stepped into a leadership position in 2007, as the manager of the Continuing Care and Integrated Rehabilitation Department at Alberta Health Services’ Westview Health Centre. In June 2010, she was appointed director of Occupational Health and Housing Programs at Beacon Community Services, and vice president in 2012. Currently, she is Beacon’s Vice President of Home Support and Residential Care, a position she has held since 2015.
Graduating from the University of Alberta in 2003, Carin remained committed to education, earning a Master of Health Studies, a Certificate in Business Administration and an Advanced Executive Certificate from Queen’s University. These diverse experiences and her continued passion for occupational therapy are strengths she brings to the COTBC Board.
Carin is committed to leadership and excellence in health care. She has lead several quality improvement initiatives within her organization and is a valued leader both at work and in her volunteer positions on the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders Executive and SafeCare BC’s Board of Directors..
Carin was first elected to the board in 2015, and re-appointed for another three-year beginning February 1, 2018. She has been an active member on the Inquiry Committee since 2014 and was appointed as the board representative to the committee as of February 1, 2016.
Debbie Ruggiero, Kelowna
Debbie graduate from the University of British Columbia in 1989. Since 2001, she has successfully established a trusted private practice built on the foundations of occupational therapy. ADL Occupational Therapy Inc. provides a variety of medical legal and community rehabilitation services in the Southern Interior. From participation in diverse community organizations to mentoring occupational therapists and other allied professionals, Debbie is a willing volunteer and recognized leader. Throughout her career, whatever “hat” she wears, she always keeps the principles and values of occupational therapy at the forefront.
First elected in November 2015, Debbie began her second, three-year term on February 1, 2018 and is currently serving as Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee. Working with the COTBC Board and Quality Assurance Committee with the lens of health care regulation and public protection has been an invaluable experience. Debbie looks forward to continued board and committee work and involvement with all of the individuals who generously give their time and leadership to COTBC.