DAVE MACKENZIEPresident
An active member of the mental health community in BC, member of the BC School Centered Mental Health Coalition, BC School Counsellors Association, and member of the steering and faculty of the Interior Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative.
LORRIE ANN RIEDELVice President
Lorrie Ann spent time in Nelson, Burnaby and finally graduated from high school in Williams Lake. UBC granted her a BA in Psychology and a B ED in Elementary education. After many years of teaching, she went to Vermont and was granted a MA in Psychology and Counselling. She is currently a District Elementary Counsellor.
BRENDA BLASCHUKProfessional Development
Brenda attended Niagara University in New York state and graduated with a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in School Counselling. Brenda has worked on the BCSCA executive for the past three years in Advocacy and as PD Chair.
BARBARA ZANGConference Chair
Barbara came later to her career in education, earning a B.Ed. in 1996 while living in Quesnel. She worked in a variety of teaching and special education positions in Quesnel before completing a M.Ed. through UNBC and making a move to Fraser Lake.
SHANNON CONFORTINMembership
Shannon earned her Masters in Counselling in 2006 and started her school counselling career at in Courtney, BC before settling at Parksville. She has training in Solution Focused therapy and intensive CBT anxiety training with Dr. David Burns.
NORBERTA HEINRICHSSecretary
Norberta completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2016, while working on her certification in Somatic Experiencing® and has returned to École Ballenas Secondary, in Parksville, as the Grade 8/9 Counsellor. She also is an counselling associate of Stephanie Peter Counselling.
KATHERINE BRACHAdvocacy
In 2013, after 7 years in the Arctic settled in Smithers where she works full-time as a high school counsellor. She is passionate about helping young people express themselves and face their fears. She also gets a lot of satisfaction out of creating a perfectly balanced timetable and learning shortcuts in MYED.