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Who We Are

Youth delegation at Council of Federation meetingThe BC Health Coalition is a network of individuals and organizations with a shared passion for public health care. Our coalition community is comprised of over 800,000 people in B.C. - and growing.

We are young people, seniors, health care workers, faith communities, health policy experts, and people with disabilities.

In sum, we work to continually improve the system we all rely on, and to uphold the values of caring and fairness that our system represents. We believe care should be there for everyone when we need it, regardless of our age, gender, income level, or the town we live in. 

We're a non-profit and non-partisan organization.

BCHC has a small, hard-working staff team, a network of dedicated health care policy experts, and many committees of community representatives who support our work.

Our co-chairs

edith machattie

Health Sciences Association

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Edith is the elected co-chair of the BCHC since 2014 and she sits on the steering committee as a representative for her union, Health Sciences Association of BC. She is also an occupational therapist who works in the public health care system at a child development centre with school-aged children and their families. One of Edith’s passions is creating safe and accessible spaces for people to feel a sense of belonging and connection in their community. She and her wife feel grateful to be raising their two small kids in a housing co-op in Port Moody. 



Check Your Head

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Adrienne Yeung comes to the BC Health Coalition through her role as Operations Coordinator at Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network, where she helps to engage young people in action towards social, climate, and economic justice. Adrienne is excited by the role that Community-Co-Chair offers to work on improving health equity for young people across BC.  During her Master's at Simon Fraser University, she explored the tools for resilience that queer people of colour use to shape their own health outcomes. She also has a BSc. in Biopsychology from the University of Winnipeg, in which she studied the ways that sexism and racism have influenced the teaching and practice of biomedicine. A perpetual dabbler and learner, she has passion and experience in entrepreneurship, qualitative research, counselling, facilitation, poetry, and social media marketing, and she strives to synergize all her interests for a colourful and generous life.

ED staples

Support Our Health Care Society

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Edward Staples is a retired teacher now living in the Tulameen Valley near Princeton. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dickinson University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria. In 2012, he and his wife, Nienke Klaver, formed the Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society dedicated to the improvement of Princeton’s model of healthcare. In 2013, Edward was instrumental in the formation of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee comprising local elected officials, health care professionals, Interior Health administrators, and community leaders. Edward is a founding member and lead of the BC Rural Health Network. He believes in equitable access to healthcare services for rural BC residents, the reform of BC’s primary health care model, the