Presenter details:

Sarah Bell, Executive MBA, RN, CHE

Interim Chief Operating Officer
BC Children’s Hospital and Sunnyhill Health Centre for Children

Provincial Executive Director
Children’s and Women’s Mental Health Programs
Provincial Mental Health Literacy Program
BC Early Hearing and Cochlear Implant Programs
BC Healthy Weights

Sarah Bell was born and raised in Vancouver BC.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario before enrolling in the nursing program at BCIT.  In 2010 she received an Executive MBA in Healthcare from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, and in the spring of 2015 she completed the certificate in Mental Health Law from Osgoode Hall at York University.

Sarah was introduced to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Programs at BC Children’s Hospital in 2005 during her role as the Facility Coordinator for the then new Mental Health Building.  She combined her skills as a Registered Nurse and with her project and interior design experience to orchestrate the consolidation of the Mental Health programs for Children and Women under one roof.  She was hired in successive leadership positions across the program before becoming the Provincial Executive Director of Child and Youth Mental Health and Concurrent Disorders Services, and Reproductive Mental Health in 2011.  Since that time, her portfolio has expanded to include the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program, the Mental Health Metabolic Program, the BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health Literacy Program and the Provincial Early Hearing and Cochlear Implant Programs.  Currently she is the Interim Chief Operating Officer of BC Children’s Hospital, and Sunnyhill Health Centre for Children.

Sarah is a practising member of the College of Registered Nurses of BC, and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders.  She is a recipient of the Leader’s for Life Scholarship, holds the Certified Healthcare Executive designation, and is actively involved in the Physician Leadership Program at the Sauder School of Business as an Alumni Coach.  She is passionate about Trauma Informed Practice and Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and is a member of the national collaboration “By Health, For Health”,  facilitated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and HealthCareCAN.