Founders 

VANESSA BRCIC

MANJIT (JEET) CHAND

Manjit was the driving force behind the development and implementation of the pilot Basics for Health program and is a co-founder of Basics for Health Society.  She has been working in social and health services – locally and internationally – for over 20 years with a particular focus on volunteer management, cross-cultural and anti-oppression training, community development and adult education.  Jeet believes a better, more equitable, world is possible and is proud to be working with Basics for Health Society towards that goal.

Sarah Dobson

Sarah has a Masters degree in community health research from the Université de Montréal and has spent the last decade in research management and grant development in universities across Canada. She is also a researcher with an interest in health services, health professions education, and health inequities. Her current research focuses on understanding the role that health professionals play as advocates. This work has been published and presented nationally and internationally. She sits on the health advocacy curriculum development committee in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and has contributed to national medical education projects including the Future of Medical Education in Canada - Postgraduate Project and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's CanMEDS 2015 initiative.    

Staff

Richard Kramer 

Richard has worked with and supported volunteers for over 25 years. He obtained MA in Counselling Psychology from UBC and worked as substance misuse counsellor for 5 years before taking on the directorship of Distress Services with the Vancouver Crisis Centre. Over the last ten years, he was involved in the development and operation of crisis chat services in British Columbia.  He volunteered as American Association of Suicidology accreditation site examiner for 8 years. He was a founding member of the Crisis Line Association of BC and, over the last 3 years, participated in efforts to support and establish guidelines and criteria for provincial suicide and mental health support lines. He brings his experience coordinating volunteers with a provincial service to Pain BC’s Connect for Health, operated by Basics for Health Society.