Notice of 2017 Board Election

The BC College of Social Workers holds elections for new Board members in the fall of each year. In accordance with College Bylaws, this Notice of Election is distributed to all registrants 90 days prior to the election date in order that all eligible voters and potential candidates be informed of the election process and relevant timelines.

Important Dates

 Call for nominations/Notice of election  Tuesday, July 25
 Nominations close  Thursday, August 24
 Ballots delivered to registrants  Friday, September 22
 Deadline to submit paper ballots  Saturday, October 7
 Election day  Monday, October 23
 Results announced  Friday, November 3
 Next board meeting  Saturday, December 2


Balloting will begin on September 22, 2017 and end on October 7, 2017. The four persons with the most votes will each be elected to a two-year term beginning January 2018. The elected candidates must swear the Oath of Office no more than 45 days after the election date.


For registrants with email accounts, voting will take place over a secure website. Paper ballots will be mailed to registrants who do not have email addresses listed with the College.



Nora Jessome


I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Board of the BC College of Social Workers. I currently live in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast and am employed as a Community Coroner. I have extensive social work practice experience in rural settings. I believe my rural practice will contribute to the social work practice and geographical diversity of the BCCSW Board membership.I hold an MSW from Dalhousie Univerity. My social work practice areas have included Mental Health and Substance Use; Adult Corrections; Acute Medical Social Work; Home Care; Community Development (promoting healthy child development and safety for women and children); Assessment for Adult Guardianship; and Disaster Relief/Emergency Social Services.While practicing in Nova Scotia, I actively sought ways to support social work regulation and social work practice. During the early days of social work regulation in NS (1992 onward) I organized regional educational events and network meetings to assist members with their PD requirements. From 1993-1994 I was appointed a Regional Representative to the NSCSW Board. The NSCSW has a combined function of professional regulation and as well is a professional association.I have been involved with the social work licensing exam program for North America since 2005 and I continue to be an item writer for the Clinical Exam. Thank you for your consideration!

edit: geological was corrected with geographical (error made by transcriber)


Chelsea Minhas


It has been my honor to serve on the Board for the past two years, and as the Chair of the Inquiry Committee for the past year. It would be a privilege to continue on in this role with your support.

I am currently the Associate Director of Youth Support Services at Covenant House Vancouver, where I oversee the Case Management Team (Social Workers and Clinicians), Quality Assurance, and Outreach supports. I have worked in the field of youth homelessness since 2007 and have a passion for expanding the conversation on the best practices for this population.

I hold a Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, and have a special interest in the areas of Child and Adolescent Development, Youth Homelessness, Quality Assurance, and Leadership. In addition to my current role with BCCSW, I sit on various community committees, including the BSW Curriculum Committee at UBC.

I am passionate about quality Social Work practice, and look forward to continuing to serve as an elected Board Member with the BC College of Social Workers.


Susan Soloman

“Soo Nakum Joc Gibuu” my Gitxsan name for “Wolf living long way from home”, My English name is Susan Soloman. I am a registered Indigenous member of the Gitxsan First Nation, village of Gitanmaax.   On a professional level, I have worked hard to obtain my Social Work degree which has led to my Indigenous Liaison leadership role at the BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital for seven years. Presently, my new position is, Indigenous Social Worker on a new Complex Care Team at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital.  I take pride in my work in that I am able to assist Indigenous peoples from all over the Province while they are navigating through the medical system.  I provide patients and family’s practical support and holistic wellness, and comfort them through difficult times, as they are often dealing with stress and illness which affects them and their loved ones.

Upon reading the BCCSW mandate, I feel proud as I am an inter-generational survivor, that the College “acknowledges the deep intergenerational harm that social work has contributed to within Indigenous populations in BC through colonization and is committed to ensuring that no such practice occurs again in the future. Upon further reading, the mandate of the BCCSW is to “protect the public from harm caused by registered social workers”.  I am firm believer in protection of community, as this holds true with my own Community of Gitanmaax as well in ways or enhancing and protecting cultural safety for all. The Truth and Reconciliation is important to me as it highlights where I can have a voice to bring further protection to reduce harm.  It’s important to bring a non- judgemental approach so health care providers can recognize their own biases and judgements when it comes to health care for Indigenous peoples.    Justice Murray Sinclair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has said, “Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no short cuts.”   I stand by the mandate and agree whole heartedly with Justice Murray Sinclair of the TRC that reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships and I too, want to work towards that end!   I choose to be in this position because I am an inter-generational survivor and believe I can bring respectful relationships with my experience personally and professionally as we work as a team, towards healing the past and moving forward with all Indigenous people.


Ruth Kenny


Aaniin! My English name is Ruth Kenny. I am Anishnaabe from northwestern Ontario. I have lived, played and worked on these unceded lands of the Coast Salish since 1992. I am currently on an educational leave from my position as Team Leader with the Family Preservation and Reunification Program in Vancouver while I work on completing the Advanced MSW program at UBC. Prior to that I was one of the Family Preservation & Reunification Counsellors with VACFSS. In addition to that, I work on a casual basis as a Hospital Social Worker with Fraser Health. Being part of this community holds us to high standards – not only because of the sensitive work we do, but the relationships with people we are privileged to make. It is also of great benefit to us and to those we serve that we keep up to date on issues that are affecting us a whole. I grew up in home headed by parents who spent their early to adult years in residential school, but was ever so fortunate to be able to spend time in the bush, as they hunted and trapped to supplement our income. I believe that my life experiences in facing violence, racism and violence as an Indigenous single mother will help. Thank you for reading!


Sandra Wilsonimage

Hello my name is Sandra Wilson, I am originally from Kispiox BC, the Gitxsan territory, and I belong to the wolf clan. I graduated from the University of Northern BC with my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2008, and have been working for Prince George Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS), a Delegated Aboriginal organization, since 2008.  I began my career in social work as a front line guardianship social worker from 2008-2014, at which time I was assigned the guardianship team leader position in 2014 with CSFS. I am very passionate about my work in the social work field and my commitment to my guardianship team, and the 11 Carrier nation’s CSFS serves. My role as the guardianship team leader is to support my team, and to ensure they are following the policies and standards as outlined in the Child, Family, and Community Services Act. My passion as a first nation’s woman is to ensure better outcomes for our children & youth in care, as they are our future leaders.

I am also committed to having my staff registered with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW), to ensure my team is following the BCCSW mission “we protect the public interest by establishing and supporting high standards for qualified Registered Social Workers”.

I would look forward to the opportunity to sit on the board of the BCCSW, to expand on my leadership role, and to uphold the reputation of the BCCSW within the public, registrants, and stakeholders.


Rebecca Sanford


My social work career began in Ohio where I earned my BSW in 2004 and my MSW in 2005. I worked in community mental health, primarily providing home-based counselling and clinical supervision of practice with children and families. I completed my PhD in social work at the University of Kentucky in 2016 with research expertise in suicide. The opportunity to work as faculty in the School of Social Work and Human Service at Thompson Rivers University brought me to British Columbia in 2016, and I am honoured to live and work in the unceded territory of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. Currently, I teach courses in child welfare and continue research and outreach with people affected by suicide.

I have been licensed as a social worker for 13 years across three regulatory settings, including two states and now BC. While I am not required to maintain registration, I do so because of my commitment to the profession. Regulation is an important element in professional accountability to ensure protection of the public and maintain the integrity of the profession, but we must guard against overly proceduralized standards that are too prescriptive. My philosophy of regulation is that we must navigate the necessary balance between regulating the profession and ensuring space for social workers at the practical level to be responsive to the context. I am seeking your support to join the Board of the BC College of Social Workers, and I believe that I could make meaningful contributions to positively influence the profession.


Ping Qiu


I am a registered social worker with BC College of Social Workers, currently work as a clinical coordinator of Burnaby and New Westminster Older Adult Community Mental Health Services, Fraser Health Authority. Over 26 years of social work practice, I have worked in a variety of settings, including mental health and addiction, child protection, immigration and social policy research. In recent years I work as a clinical leader so that the quality assurance has been my top priority. During many years of social work practice in mental health field, I have accumulated extensive knowledge in Mental Health Act and Adult Guardianship Legislation. I believe that my experience and knowledge can be an asset for BCCSW.

I graduated from University of Calgary in 1991 with a Master of Social Work, major in social services management.

My Priorities:

If I am elected as a Board Member, I will work with BCCSW

– Protect public interest and ensure safe and ethical practices

– Raise public awareness on social workers’ role and BCCSW’s function to strengthen our organization.

My interests

Social Justice and Social Program Development. Respectful workplace. Multiculturalism.


Sridhar (Sri) Pendakur


I have always believed in the regulation of our profession and control of title for Social Workers.  Throughout my career, I have supported the establishment of our College and worked towards its goals.  The Strategic Directions established by our board helps build on past work and I look forward to these initiatives.

I am a Registered Social Worker who graduated with a BSW and MSW from UBC with more than 30 years of professional experience in Mental Health and Addictions ranging from the front lines to management of programs.  Recently, I retired from Vancouver Coastal Health and am enjoying gardening and travels with my wife.

Previously, I served on the B.C. Board of Registration for Social Workers (1992-94) and on the Board of the B.C. College of Social Workers as well as their Registration Committee (2008-2009).

I am active with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, serving on various committees including the Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-cultural and Racialized Population Committee (2014-date), the Diversity Task Group (2008-09), and the Service Systems Committee (2008-2012).  Other volunteer activities include the Multicultural Concerns & Anti-Racism Committee of the B.C. Association of Social Workers (1988-date) and provincial and national levels of the Canadian Mental Health Association (1993-2007).  I also mentor Social Work students and professionals entering the mental health and addiction field.

I have a deep commitment to our profession, am interested in standards of practice, and if elected to the Board, will work collaboratively towards achieving College priorities.


Rahul Jain


Dear Colleagues:

With utmost humility, let me give you a brief overview about myself and my background. I hope you’ll find it commensurate with the needs of this position.

My name is Rahul Jain. I’ve been working as a Mental Health Clinician with MCFD since 2013. My work revolves around urgent crisis intervention, assessment, stabilization, and short-term therapy to high risk children/youth. I’m also a sessional instructor for the UNBC School of Social Work. Prior to this, I worked as a Youth Supervisor at the Prince George Youth Custody Centre. In terms of my educational background, I graduated with a BA, MA, MSW & PhD.

I was born and raised in India and moved to Canada in 2011 to pursue MSW. During my MSW, I was elected as the President of the Northern BC Graduate Students Society and I successfully served on committees with the UNBC President, Vice Presidents, and other administrators. Before moving to Canada, I worked in various capacities- instructor, social work supervisor, product & training manager and additional managing editor.

What inspires me to run for the board position is my ability and eagerness to bring the Mental Health perspective to the board and share my knowledge and skills to contribute to the profession of social work. Further, I would be expanding my knowledge around policies, regulations, and learning ways to promote the best interest of the social workers and to contribute to the society by sharing the dynamism of this profession.

*One Goal, One Passion, One Vision: Serving the People and Promoting Social Work*

Thank you for your time and consideration. Let me have the opportunity to serve you!


James (Jim) Campbell


Education: Jim is a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW), with MSW and BSW degrees from UBC, and is a PhD candidate in Health Sciences at UNBC researching hospitalizations for mental health and substance use issues.

Work Experience: Jim has worked in a range of program areas, including non-profit agencies, Corrections, MCFD child protection, family services, and resources; plus mental health and addiction services with the regional Health Authorities. He has worked in the five regions of the Province, in front-line clinical, leadership and organizational change roles; plus sessional instruction.

Based in Prince George, Jim recently retired as Executive Lead, Mental Health and Addictions with Northern Health to complete his dissertation. While there, he worked in partnership with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to develop MH&A services in First Nations communities.

Since being elected to the Board last term, Jim has been on the Registration and Inquiry committees and is currently Vice-Chair of the Board. Jim’s interest in being on the Board is to support the College in its work of strengthening the role of social work and increasing First Nation involvement in social work practice.