Board of Directors
Janet Morris-Reade, Chair
Janet is the CEO of ASPECT: the Association of Service Providers of Employability and Career Training and brings almost 20 years’ experience working in advocacy roles to the BC Plan 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.
Susan Forseille, Vice Chair
Susan Forseille is the Interim Director, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Open Learning. Susan’s education and career has centered on experiential learning, with a specific focus on how students transition from post-secondary education to securing a meaningful career. Much of this has to do with identifying and articulating their knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through formal, informal, and non-formal education. Susan is a passionate PLAR advocate believing adult learners acquire great amounts of knowledge and skills through life and work experience.
Tanis Sawkins, Secretary
Tanis is the Associate Director of the Centre for Immigrant Integration at Vancouver Community College and has held a variety of faculty and educational leadership positions since 1989. Tanis also sits on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks.
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.
Judy is Senior Advisor for Policy and Research at the Industry Training Authority (ITA). ITA is the BC Crown Corporation which manages the skilled trades training and trade certification system for the Government of BC. Her varied career in public, private and not-for-profit sectors lead her to complete a Master of Public Policy Degree at Simon Fraser University. She was instrumental in developing the Registered Assessor framework and policy for ITA which sets out criteria and training for subject matter experts to administer competency-based prior learning assessment of trades workers through portfolio evaluation, technical interview and hands-on practical assessment of skills.
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.
Biography coming soon.
Lori is a coordinator of 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 and currently uses it with practitioners in community, education and employment support systems seeking public post-secondary credentials.