The HANS Board of Directors brings together a unique and diverse mix of professionals from all over British Columbia. The Board is responsible for all major decision making within the society, and some of our board members are also involved in the Society's day-to-day operations. Board members are elected in November and serve for a one-year term. After this term, they may run for re-election.
Ted is a psychotherapist in private practice, an author and a keynote speaker. Ted has been a member of HANS for many years and is one of the speakers on our speakers' series. His book, Peace Begins With Me, captures his journey of making peace with his son's disabilities after the child was damaged by a vaccine at five months. After Children's Hospital informed him that there were no treatment options for his son, Ted embarked on an intensive journey to understand alternative health care. Over the past twenty years, Ted has experimented with a wide range of alternative health interventions. He is actively involved in his community and has served on numerous community boards. We appreciate Ted's continued participation on the board of directors and look forward to working with him in 2017. Ted is the Vice President of Vaccine Choice Canada, a national not-for-profit educational society that works to protect the rights of all people to make fully informed and voluntary vaccine decisions.
Antonina Bureacenco's working life started with ten years at a major Canadian bank. While her career took off and she ultimately became responsible for managing six provinces and over 1,000 clients, her health became compromised. In pursuit of recovery, she found her passion in integrative and naturopathic medicine and environmental research. Antonina graduated from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and in 2017 acquired a diploma from the College of Naturopathy Christian Limoges. Antonina's mission is to demystify overwhelming amounts of health information, inspire transformation and support people's healing journeys using advanced nutrition research and orthomolecular schience. Antonina now travels across North and South America teaching Preventative Health and Nutrition to the public and medical practioners. She currently teaches at the Vancouver location of the Institue of Holistic Nutrition.
Katharine is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Naturalist Publishing, which publishes Maple—an organic lifestyle magazine distributed across Canada; and The Whole Report—a briefing on the world of organics, distributed at select organic trade events worldwide. She’s also co-founder of The Naturalist’s sister company Multibird Branding, a branding and packaging agency specialized in organic and natural products for Canada, the EU and the US.
Katharine is essentially a child of the natural products and organics industry, having attended her first Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) trade show at the age of three. Katharine’s career has touched on every facet of the industry: demo girl, nutritional consultant, inside and outside sales, marketing, new product development, product education and advertising sales; and has been largely influenced by her mother Donna Herringer, CHFA Hall of Fame inductee and two-term president.
With an interest in international organic markets and opportunities, fluent in 4 languages, Katharine travels extensively to trade events and conferences.
Michael is currently working as the Director of Core Programs and Operations at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House a charitable organization that has been providing a wide variety of social services programs for over 40 years. Previously Michael worked as the Director of Operations for Health Action Network Society, where, under his leadership, the organization developed new cash flows and income streams, and using his solid marketing background he was also responsible for a number of new initiatives including the re-branding of Health Action Magazine and an increase in number of annual events. Prior to his work at HANS, Michael has worked in marketing and sales for a number of businesses, and managed all aspects of finances, human resources and marketing for a large retail chain and a large floral products warehouse. His educational background is a Bachelor of Arts in the Department of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University and Michael has experience in supporting an SFU Faculty of Business professor with academic research related to Business Strategy Implementation. Michael prides himself on being a strategic thinker with an extensive variety of hand-on business management experience.
Lionel Wilson, a speaker, writer, trend researcher, and marketing consultant, established a consulting company in 1993, specializing in promotion of healthcare programs, holistic health services and natural products. Lionel has worked with over 50 manufacturers, health retailers, practitioners, and medical organizations, including InspireHealth, Canada's leading integrative cancer care program. Lionel is passionate about inspiring positive healthcare change.
Lorna is a founding member and director of the Health Action Network Society. Since 1979, and with the encouragement and support of her husband, Lorna created the first office of Health Action Network Society in the basement suite of their home. Since these early times, Lorna has devoted her energies into building a consumer health organization, a consumer bridge to a new paradigm, now known as Health Action Network Society.
Health Action Network Society was born out of Lorna’s deep commitment to alternative and complementary medicine. She has served this network for 35 years as a volunteer, even while in her role as Executive Director. To many, Health Action Network Society is synonymous with Lorna Hancock – her passion, vision and financial commitment are intrinsic to the entire organization.