SafeCare BC Announces New Executive Director

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BC Care Providers CEO, Daniel Fontaine welcomes Jennifer Lyle as SafeCare BC’s first Executive Director

After first coming up with the idea to establish a new safety association for the long term care sector in 2012, the BCCPA is pleased to announce that SafeCare BC has hired its first employee. Jennifer Lyle is a professional Kinesiologist and will be taking up her new leadership position on Monday, February 3rd.

“A lot of work has gone into transforming SafeCare BC from concept to reality,” says Daniel Fontaine, CEO for the BC Care Providers Association. “The hiring of Jennifer as the organization’s first Executive Director is a huge milestone and moves the continuing care sector one step closer to preventing workplace injuries and reducing our costs.

As both a practicing Kinesiologist and a published author, Lyle brings with her a rich background in health care and a wealth of experience. Lyle will be joining SafeCare BC as the first executive director, after a search that drew in over 50 applications from across Canada.

“I am pleased and excited to be a part of SafeCare BC, and I very much look forward to working with our stakeholders to develop and support initiatives to reduce injuries in the long term care sector,” says Lyle.

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Jennifer Lyle, the new SafeCare BC Executive Director

Lyle received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia and is a practising Kinesiologist.  While obtaining her Master’s Degree, Lyle focused her research on, Barriers to patient and family involvement in planning of transfers from acute to residential care facilities: Perceptions of healthcare providers. Working with and serving as the Director of Operations for Total Rehabilitation and Wellness Centre since 2008, Lyle brings an extensive technical understanding of workplace injuries and how they occur. As the Director and Marketing Chair of the BC Association of Kinesiologists, she has lead the growth of the organization and the practice of kinesiology through liaising with external stakeholder such as the Ministry of Health.  Furthermore, from 2008-2009 Lyle worked on the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority/ Simon Fraser University: Special Care Unit Research Project, co-authoring the final report evaluating the design and care policies of 26 special care units in the VCH region. 

When Lyle is not championing organizations or practising kinesiology, she is an avid ultimate Frisbee player, and was the coach of the SFU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. However, even in her downtime, Lyle has found ways to use her impressive background in kinesiology in the sport she loves, coordinating a workshop focused on Injury Prevention for Ultimate Players, with the Vancouver Ultimate League.

Be sure to check the SafeCare BC website in the near future for an up close Q&A with Jennifer Lyle. You can reach Jennifer any time by emailing jlyle@safecarebc.ca.