Our Board

Elaine Murray, Chair

Elaine first volunteered for the PLEA Board in 2011 when she retired from Community Living BC, a newly created Crown Corporation. As Director of Organizational Development, she was responsible for all aspects of service design and implementation including human resource management.   Prior to this, Elaine held a range of positions within the Ministry of Children and Family Services from Childcare Counsellor to Assistant Deputy Minister. In all her roles Elaine vigorously championed the rights of children and youth, and holds a strong belief that the best model of service delivery is individualized support services, combined with family care homes in the community when necessary.

Lisa Martz, Vice Chair

Biography coming soon.

Dr. Margaret Wright, Secretary

Margaret joined our Board of Directors in 2002. She is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia where she teaches in the areas of social work and the law and feminist theories. She has a particular interest in policy and practice issues at the interface between child welfare and justice systems. Her ongoing research interests concern decision making about children. She is the author of Judicial Decision Making in Cases of Child Sexual Abuse, published by UBC Press. Margaret previously taught at Ryerson Polytechnic University, the University of Toronto and York University.  Her career also includes many years spent as a social worker and an administrator in both young offender and adult correctional facilities.

Donald Gordon, Treasurer

Donald Gordon is a business person in Vancouver.  He joined our Board in 2012.  He is also a long-time Director of a wilderness leadership program for youth, including at-risk youth, in northern BC.

Joan Andersen

Appointed in 2014 Joan brings to the table more than 30 years of experience improving governance, implementing strategy and building capacity in both the crown corporation and community sectors.  In addition to a long career with CBC, Joan has also volunteered with a wide variety of community boards including the Vancouver Public Library, where she was Chair, Literacy BC, ASPECT and the Fraser Works Co-operative.  After eight years as the Director of Employment and Language services at the Immigrant-serving Organization MOSAIC,  Joan is working as an independent contractor assisting a number of non-profit organizations to reach their goals. 

Carol Cahoon

Biography coming soon.

Doug Cochran

Doug is an Adjudicator on two Provincial Government Boards as well as being appointed as the Lay Member of the Ethics Committee of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC.  He was in private practice as a lawyer in Vancouver, B.C. for thirty years, has published two legal text books and taught in the Institute for Paralegal Studies at Capilano University for nineteen years.  He was a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Appeal Board of Canada for six years.  Doug joined our Board in 2012 and brings an eye for policy and a strong interest in youth justice.

Mr Guy

Biography coming soon.

Judy Hayes

Judy is a retired manager for the Ministry of Children and Family Development.   She has experience in strategic planning, contract management, service development, change management, information technology development and operational management.  Judy led teams in restructuring and implementing several major service redesign projects.   Judy is currently an accreditation surveyor for CARF and has served on our Board since 2010.  She is committed to PLEA because “everyone working for the agency is always willing to take on a challenge or new approach and they never give up on the people we serve”.

Allen Hutton

Allen is a business person in Burnaby. Joining the PLEA Board in 2008 he combines business know-how with extensive experience of ensuring the well-being of youth, adults and seniors in our community; experience gained through his involvement with the Burnaby Family Court and Youth Justice Committee, Community Policing, New Vista Society, Youth Prostitution Task Force and the Community Advisory Panel at the Burnaby Justice Centre to name just a few.

Craig Norris

Craig is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. He is also a Doctoral research trainee at the BC Centre for Substance Use. Craig holds a faculty position in the Child and Youth Care Counselling Program at Douglas College. He also works as a Clinical Social Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health, is an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Social Work, and provides counselling through his private practice, Forseti Clinical Services. Craig also volunteers with the Provincial Health Services Authority Disaster Psychosocial Program and spent over 8 years volunteering for our KidStart program.

Joyce Preston

Joyce has volunteered her time to PLEA since 2008.  Having been Director of Social Planning for the City of Vancouver and British Columbia’s first Child, Youth and Family Advocate, Joyce has a passion for social issues and a significant background in advocacy. Also a retired social worker and child welfare manager she combines these attributes with an in-depth knowledge of life on the front-line.