Director of Social Development
Construction Foundation of BC
Audrey Wilkinson is the Director of Social Development for the Construction Foundation of BC. She is currently responsible for directing programs and the facilitation of research surrounding under-utilized populations in the workforce with an aim to build up the next generation of workers. Her professional background is in Social Work, Human Resources and Labour Relations. She has spent many years in her professional capacity as an advocate for individuals and families living with disabilities, advising workplaces about workplace wellness and disability prevention and teaching and writing on topics related to health, safety and workplace wellness.
Jennifer C. Howatt
Senior Human Resources and Disability Advisor
City of Kamloops
Jennifer Howatt has worked in the field of Human Resources for 17 years, two years with a private, local company in Kamloops and her most recent 15 years with the City of Kamloops. She began her career as a human resource generalist, providing a broad range of HR support services to various municipal departments. In the last two years she has taken on the role of Senior HR and Abilities Advisor, accountable for the administration of employee group benefit plans, covering all aspects of employee education and communications; the corporate attendance management program; and coordination of disability management, including long term disability, return to work plans, and long-term claims. She also provides advice and guidance to other HR team members on a day-to-day basis. In the past, Jennifer volunteered extensively with the local Chapter of CPHR BC, and still participates as a mentor with the organization today
Enhanced Disability Management Program Administrator
BC Nurses Union
Lani deHek is a Registered Nurse and is currently the Administrator, Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) at the British Columbia Nurses' Union (BCNU). For the last four years, she has worked through the process of implementing, monitoring and evaluating this provincial program while supporting the Regional EDMP Representatives. In addition to her work with the EDMP, Lani supports the LTD appeal team and assists in advocating for her members on WorkSafeBC files. Her passion for the well-being of her nursing colleagues, combined with her knowledge and work experience, provide a unique insight into assisting nurses who are disabled due to illness or injury and addressing barriers for those returning to work.
Disability Management Consultant
Work to Wellness
Diana Vissers is an occupational health consultant for workplace mental health. She works with organizations and their employees to develop effective programs and provides direct return to work services along with her team. Her diverse 25 years of experience includes working in the private and public sectors, with Workers' Compensation Boards, private disability insurance companies, employers, unions, and community based mental health agencies. She is founder of Work to Wellness Rehabilitation, a British Columbia disability management company and is a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. Diana's education includes a Master's degree (Disability Management) and she is an Instructor and course developer at Simon Fraser University in the Occupational Health and Safety and Disability Management programs. Diana is also a member of the BC Professional Firefighter Association Mental Health Task Force, and the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (BC).
Manager, Member and Association Services
Union of British Columbia Municipalities
Anna-Maria Wijesinghe is the Manager, Member and Association Services for the Union of British Columbia Municipalities – a position she has held for almost 14 years. She has spent most of her career, over 27 years, in providing health strategy consulting that focuses on maximizing employers' organizational health initiatives within association group benefits plans. She has built strong relationships with multi-union clients at local and provincial levels in the coordinating of benefit ventures. She has also participated and assisted with providing advice in the bargaining of various collective agreements. Anna has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Lakehead University with an emphasis in Human Resources. She also has a certificate in Immigration Law, Policies and Procedures from UBC.