On behalf of the BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services Health Literacy team, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Balanced View Steering and Advisory Committees. We would also like to thank all of the members of the Promoting Healthy Weights Working Group, which acted as an external reference group throughout the planning and development process. The success of this project would not have been possible without ongoing contributions from these committee members over the past three years. Their experience, expertise and overall commitment to the project have been invaluable.

Steering Committee

  • Julie Adams, Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health
  • Kiera Bailey, Project Manager, Health Literacy, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
  • Shelagh Bouttell, Nutrition Therapist, Vancouver Coastal Health Eating Disorders Program
  • Connie Coniglio, Provincial Executive Director, Children and Women's Mental Health and Substance Use Programs, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services
  • Mary Forhan, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Mimi Hudson, Director, Community & Provincial Programs Family Services of the North Shore
  • Charlene King, Project Manager, Health Literacy, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
  • Kimberley Korf-Uzan, Project Manager, Health Literacy, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
  • Nancy Laliberte, Provincial Lead, Aboriginal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Vanessa Lam, Community Nutritionist, Infant, Child and Youth Program, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Gail McVey, Psychologist and Health Systems Scientist, Community Health Systems Resource Group, The Hospital for Sick Children, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Director, Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders
  • Caitlin O'Reilly, Project Support for Connecting the Dots, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC Division
  • Jennifer Scarr, Provincial Lead, Health Promotion, Prevention & Primary Care, Child Health BC
  • Andrew Tugwell, Provincial Director, Population and Public Health, Provincial Health Services Authority

Advisory Committee

  • Mary-Ann Beimers, President, BC Pediatric Society
  • Matt Blackwood, Family Physician, Mission
  • Jo-Anne Burleigh, Recreation Therapist, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Joyce Henry, Public Health Nurse, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Elspeth Humphreys, Regional Coordinator, Fraser Health Eating Disorders Program
  • Gerry Kasten, Public Health Dietitian in Vancouver Coastal, Sea to Sky
  • Glynis Marks, Psychologist, Vancouver Island
  • Derek Poteryko, Family Physician, Vancouver Island 
  • Flo Sheppard, Public Health Dietitian, Northern Health
  • Tom Warshawski, Pediatrician, Chair, Childhood Obesity Foundation


Content Development

Dr. Jacqui Gingras, Educational Consultant



Marina Niks, Evaluation Consultant and Caitlin O'Reilly, PhD Candidate


Background Report

Dr. Gail MacKean and Dr. Kathy GermAnn


Online Resource Development

Twisted Lime Media