BC School Counsellors Association

BCSCA

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Executive Member Profiles






Dave MacKenzie

President


Dave was born and raised in Winnipeg  and graduated from the University of Manitoba .  He moved to BC in 1991 to accept his 1st teaching job in Quesnel.


Dave is a father of 2 teenagers and husband to a beautiful school counsellor from Vernon Secondary school.  He began his career as an elementary school teacher, and then moved into alternate education and now is the school counsellor at Clarence Fulton Secondary.  He has taught in Winnipeg, Quesnsel, Mission and now Vernon.

Dave is an active member of the mental health community in BC…where he is  a member of the BC School Centered Mental Health Coalition, BC School Counsellors Association, Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association-Vernon branch and member of the steering and faculty of the Interior Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative.


Dave experiences everyday how the a young person’s mental health challenge impacts their academic achievement, attention to their studies and their overall sense of self. 



Lorrie Ann Riedel

Vice President


Lorrie Ann was born in Kimberley B.C. during Christmas vacation while her family lived at Kootenay Bay.  She spent time in Nelson, Burnaby and finally graduated from high school in Williams Lake.  UBC granted her a BA in Psychology and a B ED in Elementary education which was useful some of the time while working with learners in grades 1 to 4 in a small community called Tache B.C.  From there she spent 14 years supporting learners and their families on the district’s distance education program called Ebus.   Deciding it was time to broaden her learning she returned to school in Vermont where she was granted a MA in Psychology and Counselling.   She is currently a District Elementary Counsellor living in Vanderhoof B.C. while traveling to Fort St. James and Mapes during the week.


Lorrie Ann is the proud parent of a daughter, Alex, who has demonstrated her great social skills and found herself a fabulous partner, Nolan, and they have created my beautiful granddaughter Cecily who came to us on Christmas Eve when we were working so hard to be brave for the season after losing a well loved family member.   It is amazing how such joy can come out of such sorrow. 

Lorrie Ann has two very large dogs that help motivate her running which helps keep the stress to a good level. 


She became a member of the PSA executive after a colleague who was the past president talked about the need for executive members on the BCSCA executive at one of the weekly meetings.   She has been the Pro D member, the conference chair and currently is the Vice President.  


She would love to hear from other elementary counsellors.

Brenda Blaschuk
Pro D

Brenda was born and raised in southern Ontario and completed her undergraduate degree from McMaster University. She has three young adult children who are launching their careers and living the life they have imagined in technology and organic farming.

 

Brenda attended Niagara University in New York state and graduated with a Master's degree in Secondary Education and a Master's degree in School Counselling. She started her career as a college professor and life-skills coach at Mohawk College and also worked as a Disability Counsellor/professor at Niagara College. At Fleming College, Brenda worked as a Personal Counsellor and taught post-secondary courses. She taught in both elementary and secondary school settings before accepting a full time District School Counselling position with Nechako Lakes. The far north keeps calling her and she currently works as a District Elementary School Counsellor in Fort Nelson.

 

Brenda has worked on the BCSC executive for the past three years in Advocacy and as PD Chair.

 

Brenda believes that well crafted and delivered continuing professional development is important because it keeps us up to date on both a personal and professiona level. She invites all members to share their feedback and suggestions. 


Sharon Sall
Treasurer

 

Liz MacKenzie
Secretary

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OPEN
Conference Chair

 


Barbara Zang
Publications

Barbara was born in Vancouver and raised in Victoria where she was the last class to graduate from her high school. She is the mother of two children who were both raised in Quesnel but moved to Vancouver Island as adults, where they live with their families. When her children moved south, Barbara moved north and now lives outside of Fraser Lake on beautiful Francois Lake. Her husband is a bowyer and Barbara is a quilter so they both understand the creative drive in each other.

 

Barbara came later to her career in education, earning a B.Ed. in 1996 while living in Quesnel. She worked in a variety of teaching and special education positions in Quesnel before completing a M.Ed. through UNBC and making a move to Fraser Lake. There, she developed a specialty in working with young people with challenging behaviour at the grades 4-12 local school. In 2004, she attended a workshop by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and has been working under his tutelage since then, promoting the development of relationships between young people and adults. She took a position with School District 91 as a district special education support teacher which took her into every corner of the huge district and solidified her desire to train in counselling. In 2012, Barbara completed her MA in Counselling Psychology and worked for a brief period as a district counsellor for elementary students before finding a home in Fraser Lake Secondary School.

 

Barbara strongly believes in belonging to the provincial specialist association relevant to her position, and immediately joined the BCSCA when she became a counsellor. When the position of publications advisor became available, it seemed a perfect fit for Barbara to bring her skills of working in the print industry prior to becoming a teacher. In the community, Barbara has been active promoting child and youth mental health through community partnerships and developing healthy families.

Glen Preston            Local Liason

Glen was born in Vancouver and raised in Richmond B.C. He graduated from the University of Victoria for his undergraduate degree in teaching and Gonzaga University for his MA in Counselling. Glen has taught in BC for his whole career that has spanned 6 different school districts in the province.

 

Glen is a father of 2 teenage boys (16 and almost 18) and has been in the Chilliwack School District for 13 years. He began his career as a junior high school PE/Humanities teacher, and then moved into high school Counselling in 1999, for 4 years at Clearwater Secondary School in the Kamloops School district. In Chilliwack he spent 5 years as a middle school Counsellor, and then moved into the Elementary District Counsellor role which he has now spent the last 7 years. He has also taught in Courtenay/Comox, Prince Rupert, Richmond, and Maple Ridge.

 

Glen is an active member of his Counselling Local Specialist Association, which he presently serves as President, and for the past 3 years, has also served as the Local Liaison for the BC School Counsellors Association.


Indira Dhaliwal
Advocacy

 

Sarah Matthew
Membership

 

Duane Morelli
Technology

Duane was born and raised in Langley, BC.  He completed his undergraduate degree through Trinity Western University and Simon Fraser University before accepting his first teaching job in Chilliwack in 2000.


Duane taught grades 1-4 at the elementary level for 16 years before completing his M.Ed. in School Counselling.  He is now a District Elementary Counsellor with the Chilliwack School District.


He is passionate about Social and Emotional learning, restorative practices as they relate to creating classroom community, and both student and teacher wellness.  A key part of his practice is implementing mindfulness and play as a part of 

his work through classroom, group, and individual approaches.