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Prevention Programs

The goal of the Prevention Programs is simply stated: “Keeping healthy people healthy.”
About us

BC Cancer’s Prevention Programs has a team of Prevention Educational Leaders (PELs) who are located throughout BC.

The PELs build partnerships, collaborate, and support health authorities in assessing community needs and implementing public education programs, encouraging cancer prevention through health-conscious practices. In BC alone, the combined annual cost of smoking, inactivity, and obesity amounts to approximately $3.8 billion.

We know that approximately one in three people will develop cancer in their lifetime, yet over 50 percent of those cancers are preventable. 

In carrying out their mandate, the PELs focus upon the five main preventable risk factors for cancer of tobacco, obesity, inactivity, poor nutrition and sun exposure. Furthermore, our staff provide cancer prevention information for BC Cancer patients in order to prevent new cancers.

We have a strict adherence to evidence-based knowledge, coupled with a commitment to building community capacity. We are constantly looking for more opportunities to make progress in cancer prevention and promote healthy living for all British Columbians.

Please contact Kathy Pym at 604-877-6227 for further information.

Our team

BC Cancer’s Prevention Educational Leaders build partnerships, collaborate, and support health authorities in assessing community needs and implementing public education programs, encouraging cancer prevention through health-conscious practices.

Please contact Kathy Pym at 604-877-6227 for further information.

Christy Anderson: Castlegar

Christy holds a commerce degree in entrepreneurial management and has over twelve years of experience working with small business start-ups and their owners. She has a passion for community development from a grassroots level and has been involved in many not-for-profit organizations as both an advisor and as a facilitator. Her experience with non-profit sectors is varied and includes collaboration and work with an independent film festival, rural technology cluster development and leading strategic planning processes.

Karen Barnstable: Okanagan, Merritt, Salmon Arm

Karen has a Master’s Degree in Education and has enjoyed working with students at UBC Okanagan in the area of Health Psychology and Community Health Promotion. It was her own love of learning that led Karen into a career in Education. She spent many years teaching in the public school system, instructing French, English and Health. After experiencing every grade from Kindergarten to grade 12, she moved into adult education and spent several years facilitating workshops in portfolio development for Teachers and Employment Counsellors across western Canada. She is currently working as an adjunct professor with UBCO and Okanagan College in addition to her PEL work.

Karen is pleased to be involved in maintaining the Hi5Living.org resource that contributes to secondary students and families in BC planning and living a healthy lifestyle.

Andrea Winckers: Boundary, Kootenays, Revelstoke

Andrea has an educational background in Kinesiology, Psychology, and Coaching and has operated her own health and lifestyle consulting business, Kootenay Healthworks, for the past 8 years. She is a member of several diverse community development boards, offering leadership and collaboration in the areas of health promotion, community capacity building, and chronic disease prevention. She brings a passion for developing strategies and catalyzing interventions that enhance individual and community wellbeing. Andrea resides in Trail.

Cheryl Colby: Fraser Valley, Boston Bar

Cheryl Colby has been a health and fitness professional for over 20 years, and has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree. Cheryl has served as the Director of Personal Training at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club as well as Jericho Tennis Club, and was one of the original trainers for Lifeworks Health Systems, one of Canada’s leading corporate health and wellness companies. As a personal trainer and health and fitness coordinator, Cheryl has experience with a variety of populations, including children, seniors of all ages, rehabilitation, pre/post natal, athletic training (including tennis and golf), boot camp, special needs and weight loss.
Cheryl believes that everyone deserves a healthy lifestyle, and with her passion for health and people, delivers a positive, energetic approach in working with her communities.

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