Susan Forseille, Chair
As the Director, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) at Thompson Rivers University, 22-years as a career-educator, and an enthusiastic researcher, Susan Forseille has been privileged to work in, and conduct research around, multiple intersections of career development, prior learning, and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Education from Thompson Rivers University, and is currently completing her PhD with the University of Leicester. Susan is a passionate PLAR advocate believing adult learners acquire great amounts of knowledge and skills through life and work experience.
Janet Morris-Reade, Vice-Chair
Janet is the CEO of ASPECT: the Association of Service Providers of Employability and Career Training and brings over 20 years’ experience working in advocacy roles to the BCPLAN Board. She is active both provincially and federally advocating for community-based training and employment services to ensure that those seeking a meaningful and sustainable livelihood are met.
Christine Wihak, Treasurer
Dr. Christine Wihak retired as the Director, PLAR at Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning and Director of the Prior Learning International Research Centre (PLIRC)in 2018. In her former capacity, she was actively involved in the founding of BC PLAN. She also headed the Prior Learning International Research Centre at TRU, co-editing two books on PLAR: Research Prior Learning and Handbook of the Recognition of Prior Learning.
Prior to joining TRU-OL, Dr. Wihak was an Assistant Professor in Workplace and Adult Learning at the University of Calgary, where she taught in the on-line graduate programs in the Faculty of Education. She carried out research in the area of work-related informal learning for mental health professionals and PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition). Her involvement in PLAR having developed when she was teaching Inuit students at Nunavut Arctic College, a special interest is the intersection of Aboriginal learning with formal post-secondary education.
Dr. Wihak holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta, a Masters of Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Carleton University, and an Honours BA in Psychology from Queens. She was also a registered psychologist (Alberta), specializing in Occupational and Organizational Psychology. She has conducted social policy research projects for Cabinet Committees in British Columbia and Ontario, as well as for departments in the Alberta, Ontario and Federal governments, and non-profit organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Geri is the Program Coordinator and Team Lead for the Youth Employment Connect – Training for Jobs program offered by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Employment Services. Bringing many years of management experience in the health care industry, Geri has joined with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to lead and support youth in their barrier identification, skills development and ultimately sustainable employment through their Marketing and Sales Skills and Information and Communication Technology programs. Geri is particularly passionate about sharing tools, practicing skills and developing strategies with her clients to identify and support their life and career goals.
Diane Purvey is the Dean of Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is the co-editor of Child and Family Welfare in British Columbia: A History (Detselig Press) and, with John Belshaw, the co-author of Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in British Columbia (Anvil) as well as Vancouver Noir, 1930-1960 (Anvil). Her research interests include the history of deinstitutionalization as part of a Canada-wide project and educational leadership internationally. Diane attended the University of British Columbia (B.A., Ph.D.) and the University of Victoria (M.A.). Diane has taught history in various BC colleges and universities, including Thompson Rivers University where she also worked as a PLAR assessor.
Kevin Wainwright is the Associate Dean in BCIT’s School of Business + Media and Director of the BCIT SITE Centre, which undertakes prior learning related research and assessment activities. He developed BCIT’s Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (APPL) Program, which assists adult learners by providing learning recognition and fast-track credential options.
Lori is a faculty member in the Douglas College, Disability and Community Studies Department. Over the past twenty years Lori has worked on a variety of prior learning assessment and recognition projects with MCFD, Centre for Curriculum Transfer and Technology, Multi-lateral Task Force on Training, Career Pathing and Labour Mobility, Open Learning Agency, Susan Simosko, and Associates and BC Campus. Lori co-developed the unique “Flexible Options” Recognition of Prior Learning model that was used with practitioners in community, education and employment support systems seeking public post-secondary credentials.
Anita’s portfolio includes over 20 years of experience in both private and public education across North America, where she has served in faculty, as an instructor and faculty development coach, and senior leadership roles. She currently serves as the Director of Program Standards and Assessments for the Industry Training Authority, the crown corporation that leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. In this role, she leads the departments responsible for setting the program standards and issuing credentials for all skilled trades in BC. In her previous position as Regional Vice-President for a leading private education company, Anita was responsible for overseeing the career services and industry relations offices for over 31 campuses across North America for four distinct school brands. In addition, Anita has held the roles of Dean of Students, Campus Director, Program Director and Director of Career Services, successfully transitioning four schools into the largest successful private post-secondary college in Canada. In the public education system, she has served in administrative roles at both Simon Fraser University and Langara College. She brings extensive experience in the management of campus operations, curriculum development and review, as well as accreditation and compliance. Throughout her career, she has always focused on the critical importance of connecting educational outcomes with industry needs to achieve student success and build a skilled workforce. Anita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Adult Education and Human Resources Studies from Colorado State University.
Justine Arsenault is a Program Planning Analyst with BCIT’s SITE Centre and responsible for assessing the knowledge, skills and experiences of adult learners and advising them on educational pathways based on the APPL method. She also manages the BCIT Legion Program, providing prior learning assessments as well as career development and transition support to Canadian Armed Forces members.