BC Cancer’s Prevention Program has Cancer Prevention Specialists (CP Specialists) who build partnerships and collaborate on public health initiatives, supporting awareness and action in British Columbia regarding lifestyle factors for cancer prevention.
Please contact Kathy Pym at 604-877-6227 for further information.
Breann is a skilled population health professional with over 15 years experience in the health field. She holds a Master's degree in Population Health and a Certificate in Program Management from UBC. In addition to her work with BC Cancer, Breann has worked with Vancouver Coastal Health in community engagement and community development roles. Teaching has always been an interest for Breann and she has previously taught a public health course to graduate students. Breann is passionate about prevention and enjoys collaborating with health, government, academic and community partners to make a difference.
Halla completed her Masters degree in Health Administration at UBC and has 15+ years experience in organizational strategy and program development in the BC healthcare system. Her Masters thesis investigated childhood screening for dysfunction and disease, which led her to focus her career on disease prevention. For 5 years Halla was the Strategic Director at the Vancouver Division of Family Practice, which allowed her to work closely with the Ministry of Health, General Practice Services Committee and Doctors of BC, to improve the patient and doctor experience in BC's healthcare system. Her portfolio included community development to streamline patient access to physician care, health literature and hospital services, to improve overall population health. Most recently, she is focussing on the integration of knowledge translation and health literacy into disease prevention program development at BC Cancer.
Cheryl Colby has been a Cancer Prevention Specialist for the past 10 years and most recently has added Program Manager for the BC Cancer Smoking Cessation Program to her portfolio. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from UBC and has been a health and fitness professional for over 25 years. She previously served as the Director of Personal Training at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club as well as Jericho Tennis Club, and continues to work part time as a personal trainer with private clients. Cheryl enjoys collaborating with others to find solutions to preventing disease and embracing healthy lifestyles. With her passion for health and people, she delivers a positive, energetic approach to her work.