Board Members

David Paterson


David Paterson became the President of BCACC in 2016.

Previously, he was the executive vice-president for five years and has served as chair of many of BCACC’s committees.  In addition, he became BCACC’s Treasurer and Chair of Finance & Audit Committee in 2014.

Joan Campbell

Chair of Registration & Treasurer

Joan has been a member of the registration committee since 2004 and became chair of the committee in March of 2008.  Joan is committed to a healthy governance process and to appropriate strategic planning for the association.

Currently, she is part of a private practice in Nanaimo and works with a diverse client base in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression and grief.


Lida Izadi

Chair of Member Services

Lida has volunteered with the BCACC since 2004 and previously held the position of chair of member services and regional vice president.  Lida is devoted to the promotion of member services, public protection and is committed to enhancing education and supportive services for Registered Clinical Counsellors.  Lida has her own private practice in Vancouver and also works for the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Jane Goranson-Coleman

Chair of Inquiry

Coming soon…

Shenaz Hanif Shahban

Chair of Ethics and Standards

Shenaz joined the BCACC Board of Directors as Chair of Ethics and Standards in 2016 and has been a member of the Region 4 Regional Council since 2014.  Shenaz practices in Vancouver and is completing her PhD at the University of BC.

Merry Miller

Chair of Continuing Competency

Merry has been chair of the continuing competency committee since 2012.  Merry is committed to ensuring the association is managed in a professional and ethical manner. She runs a private practice in the Kelowna area providing a variety of general counselling services to adolescents and adults.  Her passion is sport and performance enhancement.

Rebecca Scott

Region 1 Vice President

Rebecca Scott joined the BCACC Board of Directors as Region 1 VP in June 2017.   Previously, she practiced in Northern BC and was member of the Region 6 Regional Council.  Rebecca’s committed to helping create a stronger, more connected community of RCCs.

Rebecca is a counsellor in Nanaimo, BC.  Her areas of expertise include working with Child & Youth Mental Health and families in the areas of anxiety, mood disorders, grief and loss.  In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and kayaking.

John Fraser

Region 2 Vice President

John joined the BCACC Board as Region VP in 2016. He was previously VP of Region 4 for ten years before moving his practice to Victoria.

Kevin Ward

Region 3 Vice President

Kevin has held the position of regional vice president since 2009. He runs a successful private practice in Cranbrook and has worked in intensive trauma resolution as the Director of the Interior Trauma Resolution & Training Centre since 2006. 

Kevin is also certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning and provides the Equine Program at Top of the World Treatment Center Ranch.

Deborah Braun

Region 4 Vice President

In 2010, Deborah became registered with the BCACC and immediately stepped into volunteering to run the Skills for Mindful living program. In June 2017, she became Region 4 Vice President.

Deborah has a private practice in Vancouver where she helps clients invigorate their lives, despite challenges in health, heart or career. She hopes to bring her natural enthusiasm and optimistic energy to the board, while supporting fellow volunteers to  create and manage valuable and meaningful initiatives. In her spare time, she enjoys time in the great outdoors (locally and internationally) and making and munching tasty meals with family and friends.

Carolynn Turner - Leave of Absence

Region 5 Vice President

Carolynn is a counsellor in private practice in Langley.  She joined the BCACC Board of Directors in June 2017.

Carolynn Turner is on a leave of absence as of September 2017.

Clive Perraton-Mountford

Region 6 Vice President

Coming Soon…