College Welcomes New Public Board Members
The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia welcomes the appointment of two public representatives to its Board.
Anne Peterson and Katie Skelton were appointed in December 2018, by Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, to serve as public board members for a term of two years.
We would like to thank outgoing public board members Jeremy Walden and Ryan Hoag for their years of service and many contributions to the College's ongoing efforts to protect public safety.
Public representation is vital to the College Board’s ability to function, and to make decisions that reflect the public’s best interests. For this reason, the Health Professions Act requires that publicly appointed representatives must not be less than one-third of the total board membership.
"The College Board relies on its public members to bring unique and valuable insights to the table in order to help us maintain a well-rounded, comprehensive decision-making process that prioritizes the public’s best interests."
- Arden Barry, Board Chair
Meet our New Public Board Members
Anne Peterson's career spans over 25 years with an extensive record in working with a wide range of organizations. Anne has worked for the benefit of community service through many community organizations as volunteer or consultant, and as a former city councillor. She has performed research for, and developed strategic and operational guidelines as required.
She is currently the Policy & Research Manager of the Surrey Board of Trade, a position she has held for close to 3 years, and manages 10 advocacy teams, and several research projects. She utilized her skills to analyze public policy, interpret legislation, develop advocacy statements and resolutions for the Surrey Board of Trade. In addition, she is the editor of Surrey's only business publication, 'Surrey Business News'.
Her extensive educational background forms the foundation to her public policy work with an MA (UBC 2006),a BA (SFU 2001 ), Applied Project Management Certificate from Langara College (2015), and a number of certificates including evaluation methodology, and leadership, that add to her expertise in policy, research, and organization development.
In December 2018, she received and accepted an offer for for the position of Director of Continuous Quality Improvement at the Centre for Child Development for the Lower Mainland.
Katie Skelton is Anishnawbe from Henvey Inlet First Nation and an adopted member of the Tak'aya Wolf Clan, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) family. Growing up as an Urban First Nation in the Greater Toronto Area, Katie now considers herself a guest on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples - sḵwx̱wú7mesh úxwumixw (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
Katie proudly serves First Nations people through her role in Partnership Development and Projects at the First Nations Health Authority. As part of the CEO’s office, Katie directly supports the CEO in the implementation of a health governance partnership between BC First Nations, the province of BC, and the government of Canada. This health governance partnership, led to the formation of the FNHA, an institution created by First Nations people for First Nations people. Working to change 'the system' from sickness to wellness, the FNHA champions a holistic and traditional perspective of health and wellness.
Katie brings her energy as a young mother of two, who is consistently encouraged by the vibrancy of the culture that surrounds her, as motivation to champion change for the next seven generations.