Organizational Structure

Body

Board of Directors

There are eight directors. These include:

  • The President, elected annually in an internal election amongst the Board members, is responsible for presiding over all meetings of the Association and of the directors;
  • The Vice President, also elected annually through an internal election, carries out the duties of the President during their absence;
  • The Treasurer, also elected annually through an internal election, is responsible for rendering financial statements to the directors, members, and others when required.

The Board meets regularly throughout the year with a summer break. Meeting dates are determined by mutual agreement amongst the Board members. Board member terms of office are two years. Each Board member submits an annual report for the Annual General Meeting.

Current Board

Dr. David Mensink, Ph.D., R. Psych. - President

David Mensink has an earned PhD degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. He currently serves on the Advocacy Committee of the BCPA and works in Private Practice at Tina Leist & Associates. He is committed to advocating for psychologists and has a very strong vision for the scientist-practitioner model of providing psychotherapy. Prior to moving to Victoria in July 2018, he practiced as a psychologist at Counselling and Psychological Services, Dalhousie University for 30 years and had a small Private Practice at Living Well Collaborative Health Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia. While in Nova Scotia he served a 3-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past-President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) and, in addition, was ex-officio on the Advocacy Committee, a member of the Elections Committee, and a member of the APNS/APA Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee. David is a strong advocate for volunteering and has served in many capacities as a volunteer including the Dalhousie Faculty Association, First Baptist Church Halifax, and Christ Church Cathedral Victoria.

Dr. Claire Sira, Ph.D., R.Psych. - Vice President

Claire completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology (assessment and rehabilitation) at the University of Victoria in 2007.  She was the Victoria General Hospital neuropsychologist for South Vancouver Island for five years before going into private practice in Victoria. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria and in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan where she is a sessional instructor and a supervisor for clinical psychology doctoral students. She is currently supervising students as part of the BCPA email therapy service using Kelty's Key.

In addition to her work as a Registered Psychologist in the Victoria community, Claire is a volunteer provider and psychological first aid trainer with the BC Disaster Psychosocial (DPS) Program. She was privileged to help coordinate the BCPA psychological first aid response for the public during the COVID19 pandemic. She also volunteers her time as an oral examiner for applicants seeking registration to be a psychologist through the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

Claire is a board member of a strata council, but BCPA marks her first experience with Executive Board membership.  She is very involved in advocacy for psychology in BC, with a particular interest in improving access to psychologists for the public and she looks forward to working with BCPA to advance the profession of psychology in BC. 

Ms. Sofia Khouw, Master of Health Psychology, R. Psych. - Treasurer

Sofia grew up in a small town in West Borneo of Indonesia. After completed her high school in Singapore, she ended up in Melbourne (Australia) to study psychology at La Trobe University, and to work as a psychologist in private practice, community health services, and men’s groups. She is keen to work with men involved in family violence helping them to understand and change their behavior to ensure safety for themselves and their loved ones. Sofia also has a special interest in helping clients with chronic conditions to improve their compliance to lifestyle and behavioral change. As a psychologist specializing in health, she has personal interests in regular physical activities and hiking for a healthy body, reading and gardening for a healthy mind, and baking and cooking for healthy emotions.  In addition to being a Board Member, Sofia is also part of the Community Engagement Committee because she believes in educating the public about psychologists’ various roles in society. 

Ms. Alison McWalter, M.Phil., R. Psych.

Alison McWalter has been a member of the BCPA since becoming registered in BC in 2012. She is currently working as a psychologist and team lead for a rehabilitation company in the PTSD and Mental Health Return to Work treatment Programs. She trained and worked in the NHS in Scotland, UK, where she had several years of experience working in primary care. She moved to Alberta in 2000 and was involved in the Psychology Association of Alberta as a member of the Public Education Committee from 2008 to 2010, as well as serving on the board of the Alberta Caregivers Association and their Education Committee. She is keen to advocate for the profession in BC, including the role of psychology in the primary care networks.

Dr. Patrick Myers, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Patrick Myers received Ph. D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. He has been a very active part of the Community Engagement Committee for many years and the Chair for the past year. Also, he was one of the Board Members of the BC Psychological Association. Patrick has given a number of free public talks for BCPA during psychology months over the years as well as doing media interviews for the association. He sees clients in Yaletown, Burnaby, and Coquitlam.

Dr. Martin Zakrzewski, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Martin completed his doctoral training in clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon and specialized in clinical neuropsychology during his residency with Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vermont, and post-doctoral training in the Neuropsychiatry Program at Riverview Hospital. He has over 12 years of experience providing neuropsychological assessment services within neuropsychiatric, geriatric psychiatric, neurorehabilitation, and forensic psychiatric settings with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Vancouver Coastal Health. Martin transitioned to his current role as the Director of Psychology for BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services in 2016. His responsibilities include overseeing the provision of specialized provincial psychological services across the several agencies of BCMHSUS. Martin began his tenure on the BCPA Board of Directors beginning in November of 2016 and served as Vice President for 2017-2018. He has served on the Advocacy Committee for the duration of his tenure. Membership on the BCPA Board provides the opportunity to effectively advocate for the profession and to help ensure that psychologists are appropriately recognized for their significant contributions to the health and well-being of individuals and groups across British Columbia, particularly in the public sector.

Ms. Leah Baugh, M.A.

Leah Baugh is a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at The University of British Columbia in her third year of studies to become a Registered Psychologist. Leah’s doctoral research focuses on coping and resilience following traumatic stress. After completing her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at UBC, Leah became a Registered Clinical Counsellor and provides counselling support to youth and adults who struggle with anxiety and traumatic stress. Leah has over five years of experience working and volunteering as a trauma-informed crisis counsellor with clients from impoverished communities. Leah believes it is imperative that psychological support becomes accessible for all and is grateful for the opportunity to join the BCPA board to advocate for the profession of psychology. She values activism work and is serving on the Diversity and Social Action Committee.

Dr. Kathleen Goodall, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Kathleen was a writer and an educator before returning to school to complete a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Her doctoral work was in attention and spatial processing, and she did her pre-doctoral internship at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg in the areas of adult neuropsychology, psychiatry, and rehab. After graduation, she worked for a year in a forensic psychiatric facility before relocating to Victoria, BC, to pursue post-doctoral training in neuropsychology.  She worked for five years in the Neuropsychology Service with Island Health Authority and went into full-time private practice in 2015. Kathleen taught at the University of Saskatchewan and is currently affiliate faculty at the University of Victoria. She holds a committee appointment with the National Academy of Neuropsychology and strives to integrate research into her practice. Since her early career, Kathleen has been active in advocating for psychologists across several provinces. She recognizes the value of good communication, building relationships, and sitting at the right tables. She is committed to increasing the role of psychologists in public health and maintaining the integrity of professional practice.

Dr. Tina Leist,  Ph.D., R. Psych.

Tina Leist was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. During her formal education, she took the opportunity to travel to several countries to get a brief introduction to various cultures and experiences. She also supported herself working various jobs; as a lumber grader at a stud mill, as an emergency supply technician and a maid in a medical centre, and a phlebotomist.  She taught at the University of Northern Colorado where she also sat on various committees in the Department of Psychology.  Tina has worked in a psychiatric hospital and at the Ministry of Children and Family Services. Ultimately she chose to focus her efforts on being apart of a group of psychologists in a private practice setting and has done so for nearly 30 years. She continues to be invested in further learning and continues her interest in neuropsychology and counselling. She currently operates Tina Leist & Associates, affectionately referred to as “the pink house”.  Tina has also served as a treasurer on a school board and enjoys supporting the Canadian Red Cross through regular blood donations. Tina loves being a psychologist and is honoured to serve the many clients she has supported over the years.

Executive Director

Ms. Alexina Picard, B.Sc.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. They are responsible for the operations and administration of the whole Association, and they are also the publisher of the Association’s quarterly journal, the BC Psychologist. The Executive Director is the primary staff contact and liaises with the committees and the Board.