Who We Are

This project is led by Dr. Penny MacCourt, University of Victoria,  and sponsored by the British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association (BCPGA) with a contribution from the Government of Canada. The BCPGA is a professional multi-disciplinary interest group, founded in 1997 by grass roots clinicians working in the field of mental health and older adults. The vision of the BCPGA is to support older adults with (or at risk) mental health problems, and their caregivers, to achieve quality of life. The BCPGA facilitates quality care by supporting clinical practice, education, advocacy, research and policy development in the field of seniors’ mental health.


Thank you to the many caregivers, service providers, policy makers, community organizations, and researchers who shared their thoughts and perspectives in developing the Service Provider Resource Guide and the Caregiver Policy Lens. Also, this project would not have been possible without the commitment, enthusiasm and support of  our partners who formed the project Advisory Group:

  • Gerda Kaegi, Canadian Pensioners Concerned, Inc.
  • Mary Schultz, Alzheimer Society Canada
  • Holly Tuokko, Centre on Aging – University of Victoria
  • Pamela Fancey, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging – Mount St. Vincent University
  • Marianne McLennan, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Darlene Henry, Manitoba Network of Psychogeriatric Program Specialists
  • Dawn Hemingway, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Joanna Pierce, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Nadine Henningsen, Canadian Caregiver Coalition
  • Queenie Choo, Alberta Mental Health Services
  • Ella Amir, Family Advisory Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Geri Hinton, Caregiver, Victoria

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on this website. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Canada or of the British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association.
Contact information:

Dr. Penny MacCourt


Telephone: 1-250-755-6180 Fax: 1-250-756-2139

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