?Our Team

BC's Healthy-Community Leaders
 

We are an interdisciplinary team of dedicated and passionate community builders. We care about community health and well-being. We go the extra mile to support building healthier, thriving, resilient communities. 
 
Our team compliment of planners, public health professionals and community practitioners bring the most effective practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice to inform our work.  We utilize a wide variety of tools and facilitated processes for maximum impact.   

Jodi Mucha, BSc, MA

Jodi Mucha, BSc, MA

Executive Director

Jodi has a Masters in Environment and Management, over 20 years of community development experience working both at the local and international level.  She also has a strong background in  engagement and leadership, community change and practice-based research.  She provides expertise in multi-sectoral collaboration and partnerships, systems thinking, the healthy communities approach and practical approaches to understanding the links between the determinants of health.

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Victoria Barr, MHSc, PhD (Planning)

Victoria Barr, MHSc, PhD (Planning)

Program Manager

Victoria brings expertise and passion as a research planner, specializing in the connections between community planning, health and well-being. Her work in this area has involved leadership, project management, and partnership development in community health, and developing and implementing public policy in community, school, and local government settings. 

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Claudia de Haan-Hewett, BA

Claudia de Haan-Hewett, BA

Operations Specialist

Claudia has been working in the field of sustainable (community) development for several years now. She was involved in various sustainable tourism projects in Europe before she moved to Canada. Claudia has a Bachelor of Business Administration and has extensive experience in event management and coordination, project and financial management. Through her work and travel experiences in Europe, North America and North Africa she has gained a deep understanding of the importance of communities for creating healthier cities and building resilience.

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Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan

Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan

Healthy Community Planner

Sarah is a sustainability minded community planner, who believes that through innovative and authentic community engagement we can better express our deep connection to place and desires for a sustainable and healthy future. She is passionate about the need for high-quality public spaces in our communities, seeing them as integral to the social life and feelings of inclusion.

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Sandy Mackay, BA, MPlan

Sandy Mackay, BA, MPlan

Healthy Community Planner

Sandy is a committed community planner who believes that planning is a powerful tool for equitable and socially motivated growth. He is passionate about public discourse and encourages self-reflective planning practices and progressive policy-making.

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Shannon Clarke, BSc (Hon), MPH

Shannon Clarke, BSc (Hon), MPH

Community Facilitator

Shannon is a community facilitator with a passion for supporting healthy, equitable and sustainable communities. After finishing her degree in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria she went on to complete her Masters in Public Health with a focus on social policy.  Her work experience includes healthy communities planning, multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement and collaboration, workshop development & facilitation, and outcomes monitoring. Shannon also sits on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Association of BC.

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Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH

Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH

Community Facilitator

Jennifer brings several years of experience as a learning facilitator and sustainability coach for population health promotion initiatives to her role. She believes in supporting communities to grow and thrive through upstream approaches, cross-sector collaboration, and asset-based strategies.

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Diana Gresku, BArts Sc (Hons), MPH

Diana Gresku, BArts Sc (Hons), MPH

Research and Impact Specialist

Diana has broad experience developing and implementing health projects that address the underlying factors of health disparities in diverse communities. She is passionate about understanding health inequalities and is committed to addressing health issues within her local and global communities.

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Celeste Zimmer, BSc

Celeste Zimmer, BSc

Community Engagement Coordinator
Celeste Zimmer has been working in the field of community development for the past 11 years. Primarily working to inspire youth through health and environmental education, she is an enthusiastic educator who thrives on empowering others to become more health conscience and environmentally aware. 
 
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Johanna Henderson, BA, MA

Johanna Henderson, BA, MA

Communications Specialist

Hailing from Charlie Lake in northern British Columbia, Johanna is a seasoned communicator and researcher with a deep curiosity about communities and the people that comprise them. Her background includes work with a variety of community-based organizations across the province.

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Carly Greene Hill, BA

Carly Greene Hill, BA

Administrative and Operations Assistant

Carly is an eager and enthusiastic community connector. She is passionate about supporting communication and connection through efficiency and excitement. Carly designs events and executes projects that bring people together. She contributes her knowledge, passion and love of the arts to the team at BC Healthy Communities, with the goal of empowering communities across British Columbia.

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Cassidy Paxton, BA

Cassidy Paxton, BA

Researcher

Cassidy graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Community Services and a minor in public administration.  She is passionate about creating healthier communities through policy, community organizing, and empowering young people to be leaders in their community. 

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Tahia Ahmed, BA

CVYC Coordinator

Tahia is the Coordinator of the City of Victoria Youth Council (CVYC) and, in her role, she provides support and builds capacity for young people to engage with the City of Victoria and the issues they are passionate about.  

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