Dr. Jeannie Shoveller, a professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, will be acting as Interim Director of HELP from the beginning of September 2013 until a new Director is appointed in 2014.  

Since the death of HELP's Founding Director, Dr. Clyde Hertzman, in February of 2013, all of HELP's research activities have continued under the leadership of Dr. Tom Boyce (a long-time HELP Faculty). The encouragement and wisdom of so many during this time, both at UBC and in the community, have been deeply appreciated. This support has allowed Clyde’s vision to carry on through new ideas and opportunities.  

At the end of August 2013, Tom Boyce, will leave his full-time appointment at UBC for a new position as Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.  This move has been planned for over a year and, though Tom will be greatly missed, we are thrilled for him as he takes on this new and exciting challenge. Tom’s contribution as Director during this year’s transition has been invaluable to the faculty and staff at HELP. We look forward to his guidance and partnership on many future projects.

We are especially pleased to announce Dr. Jeannie Shoveller’s new position as Interim Director of HELP. Jeannie and Clyde worked closely together for many years, on a number of research and training leadership initiatives. She is firmly grounded in the traditions of population health and the social determinants of health that underpin our work.  Jeannie will be supported by Dr. Paul Kershaw who will act in an associate role.  Paul has a long history here at HELP and has a deep knowledge of our core Early Development Instrument research and community engagement commitment.  Joanne Schroeder will continue in her role as Deputy Director.  

We are also excited to announce that the position of Director at HELP has now been posted.  An international search will take place during the months of August and September.  We are hopeful that we will have a new Director in place by the Spring of 2014.