Our 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.
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 33 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. Although started 33 years ago, Health Action Network is currently celebrating its 30th year as a registered charitable society.
Dr. Lorne Brown is the founder and clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre, the first Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in British Columbia dedicated to reproductive health and fertility. Dr. Brown has appeared as a fertility expert on TV, Radio, magazines and newspapers including the Globe and Mail and Macleans Magazine.
After receiving his Dr. of Chinese Medicine at Vancouver’s International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lorne received extensive postgraduate training in gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive medicine. Dr. Brown published the Acubalance Fertility Diet which is made available for free from the Acubalance website.
Internationally known for his pioneering work as an educator and advocate for integrated fertility care, Lorne was one of the first board certified fellows of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). He also contributed greatly to the advancement of Reproductive Chinese Medicine in North America by founding ProDSeminars.com and Medigogy.com. Together, these two sites constitute the largest online source for continuing education and seminars on Chinese medicine for reproductive health. Lorne has a long-standing special interest in women’s health and fertility and is the Acupuncture expert advisor to IVF.ca : Canada’s premier online fertility community.
Sharon is an Ecologist, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor, Birth Doula and Group Facilitator/Educator. She is passionate about helping women contribute their fullest selves to the world by supporting their unique health and wellness goals. As a new director with HANS, she is excited to promote the vision of its members, and facilitate connections between members to grow the community. Sharon is mindful of maintaining balance in her own life and living on purpose, and she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends, practicing yoga, supporting her clients and growing her practice, and offering educational seminars and volunteering in the community.
For over a decade, Milt has served as the President and CEO of the non-profit Clean Energy Foundation, helping over 100 communities across North America balance the risks and benefits of wireless technology. He is recognized world-wide for his expansive knowledge on the environmental health effects of electro-magnetic radiation, and his ability to move governments to take action to protect citizens and wildlife from those radiation dangers. Milt is a speaker, writer and advocate with 'bull-dogged' determination who has developed an international network of experts to work at solving serious environmental hazards. Milt has volunteered and assisted HANS during the last 15 years.
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 increased 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 has had 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.