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Lisa Westermark
Executive Director

Lisa Westermark comes to the BC Epilepsy Society with over 25 years of experience making a difference in the lives of British Columbians. Throughout her career she has worked for local, provincial and national organizations, helping to achieve a higher level of excellence in their fundraising and program goals She has hands-on knowledge of strategic planning, philanthropy, board governance, government and public relations and coaching/mentoring. Lisa has extensive not-for-profit experience having served in senior leadership roles at the Canadian Cancer Society, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, Chimo Community Services, The Arthritis Society, and Richmond Hospital Foundation.

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Marlyn Chow, RSW
Support Services Coordinator

Marlyn has been with the BC Epilepsy Society since 2011. She graduated from the University of Victoria in Social Work. She has a strong background in community resources for people with various abilities. In her spare time, she enjoys playing ice hockey, watching and playing sports, crafts, and spending time with her family.

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Jas Lachar, BSW
Support Services Coordinator

Jas has been with the BC Epilepsy Society since 2014. She will graduate from the University of Northern BC in Social Work in 2017. Her favourite part of her role with the Society is being able to provide information through the Partners in Teaching workshops, and facilitating the online support group. In her spare time, Jas enjoys watching documentaries and being out in the nature.

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Julie Holeksa, MSc
Communications and Administration Coordinator

Julie joined our team after completing her MSc in Global Health and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh, where she worked with a local nonprofit organization to improve their support programs for people with chronic illnesses. She enjoys hiking or skiing the local mountains, cooking, and exploring the city in her free time.

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Kayte Gillespie, CB, GSC
Bookkeeper
Kayte is a Professional Certified Bookkeeper with over 15 years’ experience in finance, administration and management in the trades, manufacturing, fine arts, government and hospitality industries in community, niche and multimillion dollar global markets.

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Chris Lal
Epilepsy Peer Support Lead

Chris is the longest serving member of our team, facilitating our Vancouver Support Group since 2002. Chris has a diploma in Recreation Leadership from Langara College and a diploma in Social Services, also from Langara. He has a weight-training certificate from the Canadian Fitness Education Services (CFES). In 2007, he received the British Columbia Coaching Award through the National Coaching Certification Program. Chris was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1999 and is an inspiration to so many.

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