Sherry Ogasawara has been appointed to the Provincial Health Services Authority Board.
Ogasawara is a population health dietician, the lead on internal food policy with Northern Health and owner operator of SO Fit Company in Prince George. She ran for the New Democrats in the Prince George-Valemount riding in the 2013 election.
She was appointed to the board along with Gary Pooni, who is the president of Brook Pooni Associates and has held planning roles with the Vancouver Port Authority, Brown and Associates Planning Group and the City of Calgary.
They replace Ida Chong, a former Liberal MLA, and George Peary on the board.
“Congratulations to PHSA’s new board members,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Both members have demonstrated strong leadership qualities, ranging from holding positions in the local business community to roles in urban planning and development to better their communities for future generations.
“From their work in population health and food policy, as well as urban planning and development, they will contribute to the range and variety needed to guide B.C.’s health-care system. We are confident they have the focus and energy to strengthen existing care, and allow it to excel in a cost-efficient and proactive manner.
A health authority board of directors helps ensure that British Columbians receive the best possible care in the public health care system. Boards are responsible for the governance and management of health services in the province. They work with health authority leadership to establish the organization’s overall vision and ensure there is appropriate community consultation. Boards also regularly review the organization’s long-term plans, look at significant issues affecting the organization and evaluate results.