Our facilitators work together to prepare and host the support group meetings and liaise on a regular basis with the Program Manager. Our facilitators have extensive training in bereavement and support group facilitation. They are familiar with the Criminal Justice System, current crime trends, the unique issues of homicide survivor grief and they have a demonstrated understanding of the impacts of the violent death of a loved one. They are extremely sensitive in dealing with painful issues, and possess excellent communication and listening skills.
Sue Baker is a registered social worker with the BC College of Social Workers and has been practicing in the field of crisis intervention and trauma for 23 years. She is a Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS) and a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS), as well as a Certified Field Traumatologist with the Traumatology Institute of Toronto. Sue has completed extensive training in Critical Incident Stress Management, and is a volunteer with the Disaster Psychosocial Network of BC. Sue is currently working in police victim services with individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by crime and trauma.
Penny Brown is a bereavement companion and specializes in supporting those experiencing traumatic loss, anticipatory, disenfranchised and ambiguous grief. As a suicide loss survivor, Penny brings her 25 years’ experience, education and coping skills to her facilitation of our Suicide Grief support groups. Penny is a voracious reader of anything related to grief support and compassion and brings a unique level of commitment and dedication to her work.
Jas Cheema is a recognized leader in the fields of inter-cultural communication, diversity, and community engagement. She has volunteered and worked with immigrant families in palliative care, supported them through their grief and facilitated grief support groups for over 10 years. As an immigrant women herself, Jas Cheema has also personally experienced the integration challenges faced by many immigrants. She writes about these challenges and works to foster a cross cultural understanding through her writing, consulting work, academia and volunteer work. She has been recognized for her work through numerous awards throughout the years such as: Surrey-North Delta Leader of the Year; Diversity Award; Woman of Distinction; Griffin Award for making a difference through the art of writing.
John Dube is a registered social worker with an M.Ed. He began his work in the area of suicide and bereavement in 1985 responding to family and community needs to a suicide or traumatic death. John’s areas of interest are working with clients who are struggling to incorporate a health diagnosis, bereavement due to a suicide, traumatic death or homicide and working with men. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted numerous workshops and trainings to professionals on bereavement, professional self-care, communication and program evaluation and outcomes. He has been involved with the BC Bereavement Helpline for many years and is pleased to sit on the Advisory Committee for the BC Victims of Homicide. He also assisted with program guidelines and clinical supervision in all phases of the BCVOH initiative, and will continue to do so.
Marlyn Ferguson Arborcare Coordinator at Valley View Funeral Home in Surrey BC. She has been working with the bereaved for 20 years. She has concentrated on facilitating bereavement support groups for Suicide and Homicide survivors in Surrey and Abbotsford. She is also a co-facilitator of the BC Victims of Homicide group and is a member of the Advisory committee for BCVOH. Marlyn was the first recipient of the Victim/Survivor “Light of Hope” awarded by Police Victim Services of British Columbia (PVSBC) in 2010.
Janice James has extensive background working with victims of crime and trauma through RCMP Victim Services as a Regional Manager. She facilitated training for police officers and volunteer victims service workers and supported those involved in the legal system. Her work experience in the judicial system provides insight and patience for those involved in the legal system. Currently a Community Support Worker for persons on the Autism Spectrum, avid cyclist, hiker, cook and Pilates Instructor; brings a balanced lifestyle to the table.
Shauna Janz is a passionate consultant, educator, and facilitator in the field of grief and loss. In her private practice, she works with individuals, groups and organizations to create supportive environments that honour grief and facilitate healing. She works with Victoria based non-profit, Learning Through Loss, providing grief support and education to youth and youth-serving professionals, she is a support group trainer and facilitator with BC Victims of Homicide, and has worked with Bridges for Women, creating and delivering trauma-informed programs supporting women who have experienced violence and abuse. She can also be found within her other passion, performing as a singer-songwriter.
Jessica Lowe is a group facilitator for the Homicide Grief and Suicide Grief support groups. She has first-hand knowledge and experience with homicide loss with the death of her sister, as well as the traumatic deaths of her other two siblings from cancer and substance use. Jessica brings understanding and compassion to her facilitation. After a career in Marketing, she returned to school for a Social Services Worker Certification from Langara College and is now the BCBH Program Manager.
Kerry McCabe is experienced in mentoring individuals as well as co-facilitator in group meetings. Kerry also has first-hand knowledge and experience being a victim of homicide over 20 years ago. Over the years she has attained the skills of dealing and coping with her situation and has worked towards helping others deal with similar situations. As she has healed from past personal experiences with homicide, suicide and trauma; it’s her belief that there is a great importance in having support groups for individuals and families that are victims of homicide and she feels truly honored to be a part of supporting others through their journey.
Mary Ellen McNaughton is a certified counsellor doing individual and family bereavement counseling with Central Okanagan Hospice Association as well as assisting with the facilitation of bereavement groups. She works in private practice and is also an adjunct professor in the faculty of Health and Social Development at University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. She is an instructor of Practice in Compassion also known as Nonviolent Communication authored by Marshall Rosenberg and is the vice chair of the BC Network for Compassionate Communication.
Tania Zulkoskey is an experienced down-to-earth trauma provider. She has a wealth of experience working with complex grief and loss with both victims of crime and trauma, with children and adults and with individuals and communities. She has a private practice in East Vancouver and is dedicated to responding to individual and families needs including LGBTQ families. She is a Registered Clinical Social worker, a Certified Trauma Specialist and certified in Critical Incident Stress Management. Tania provides clinical supervision to Children Who Witness Violence Program, Youth Services with the RCMP and is a group facilitator with BC Victims of Homicide. Her counselling practice is also registered with BC Victim Services. Tania believes in supporting people as victims, survivors and advocates.