<strong>Dr Fraser Black</strong> MD CCFP (PC), FCFP
Dr Fraser Black MD CCFP (PC), FCFP Art of Living Mindfully Facilitator

Fraser is a Family Physician and Clinical Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. He is currently the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs with the undergraduate medical program in Victoria and continues to practice Family Medicine primarily in the areas of inner-city medicine and hospice/palliative care. He has practiced palliative care over the last 18 years providing care to both adults and children including Canuck Place in Vancouver, which at the time was the first children’s hospice in North America. He is the Associate Director of the PAX (Palliative Access Program) of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) and has been involved with palliative care initiatives in many countries including Nepal, India, Tanzania and Brazil. He has authored many journal articles and been an editor and contributing author to multiple palliative care textbooks.

He also underwent training through Duke University and since 2012 is a certified Integrative Health Coach. He helps to move people towards satisfying and healthy lifestyles by using innovative and practical strategies to help people clarify what they want, explore options, enhance personal accountability and take action for optimal health.

He was first introduced to meditation by a nurse working on a palliative care unit soon after finishing residency and believes it to be an integral part of his ability to continue to work in the area of hospice and palliative care as well as inner-city medicine. He is excited to be a member of the BCALM team and to share and further explore meditation and mindfulness as a facilitator with the Art of Living Mindfully courses offered through BCALM

 

<strong>Jane Dawe</strong>
Jane DaweAdministrator
Jane’s medical career spans 30+ years and has seen her in many rewarding positions of health services delivery. After providing administrative expertise for many years, she began working with Dr Mark Sherman in 2010, and has assisted in redesigning and creating The Art of Living Mindfully. Jane has welcomed meditation and mindfulness into her life and continues to see positive changes on a daily basis. Family connections mean a lot and her daughter and granddaughter are a continual source of pride, joy and love.
<strong>Monica Kingsbury</strong> MEd RCC
Monica Kingsbury MEd RCC Board Member, Mindfulness Day and Art of Living Mindfully Facilitator
Monica is a counseling therapist in private practice. Using a contemplative approach to healing, her practice includes experiences and training in Buddhist psychology and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In addition, she is certified in Somatic Transformation – a trauma resolution therapy inspired by Interpersonal Neurobiology, practices of somatic awareness, mindfulness and affect regulation. Monica co-facilitates ‘The Art of Living Mindfully’ with Dr. Mark Sherman and is one of the founding members of a local meditation group, The Mindfulness Community of Victoria (1999). In 2009, was ordained into the Order of Inter being by her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. She loves to spend time walking in nature and playing with her four beautiful grandchildren

<strong>Ocean Lum</strong> BSc. MA RCC
Ocean Lum BSc. MA RCC Mindfulness Day Facilitator
Ocean works as a counselor in private practice and teaches yoga. Her clinical practice integrates Eastern and Western psychology, mindfulness, neuroscience and therapeutic yoga. She has a special interest in using a holistic approach in treating anxiety and depression. In 1990 Ocean began meditating and continues to study and practice extensively in the Buddhist tradition. Some of her teachers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, 17th Karmapa, and Will Kabat-Zinn. She has studied neuroscience and Buddhist teachings with Rick Hanson. Ocean is passionate about sharing the gifts of mindfulness and has facilitated mindfulness meditation since 2001. When not on retreat, she loves to hike, swim and dance.

<strong>Margo McLoughlin</strong>
Margo McLoughlinBoard Member

Storyteller, writer and teacher Margo is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School as well as the Community Dharma Leader training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has been translating and retelling stories from the Buddhist tradition for many years. As Artist-in-Residence at the University of Victoria’s Centre for the Study of Religion in Society, Margo developed a series of narratives about the early women disciples of the Buddha, including queens, slaves, and artisans. Margo gives workshops and leads retreats in Victoria and surrounding communities. She is the editor of two anthologies: Seeds of Generosity: Storytelling in the Classroom and The Giving Heart: Folktales for Exploring Generosity. 

<strong>Dr Mark Sherman</strong> MDCM CCFP
Dr Mark Sherman MDCM CCFP Executive Director & Art of Living Mindfully Facilitator
 Mark is a family physician in Victoria, British Columbia, and is the founder and Executive Director of the BC Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM).  Mark attended McGill University for his medical training and then UBC for his postgraduate Family Medicine residency.  Mark has formal postgraduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Yoga, Medical Acupuncture and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mark’s passion and principle clinical interests lie in mind-body medicine and in the use and potential of mindfulness and meditation helping people navigate the negative effects of stress in their lives. Grounded in his personal practice and his formal clinical trainings, Mark has been offering and facilitating courses, workshops and presentations in Mindfulness Based Stress Management (MBSM) for over 9 years to patients, physicians, students and educators throughout BC.  He has facilitated over 80 MBSM courses to over 1000 referred patients, and is a frequent speaker on mindfulness at conferences and professional development events throughout BC.

Given the significant impact of stress on physicians and other health care providers, Mark has turned his attention to assisting his physician colleagues in bringing greater mindfulness into their personal and professional lives through the offering of Mindfulness in Medicine workshops and courses. Mark lives in Victoria, BC with his wife and two young children who are his constant inspiration and teachers in mindfulness.

<strong>Dr Trish Snozyk</strong> MD CCFP
Dr Trish Snozyk MD CCFPArt of Living Mindfully Facilitator
Trish is a Family Physician, with an interest in the mind body connection as it relates to restoring health and revitalizing well-being. She believes that what makes people optimally healthy is not found in a pill or in a procedure (although these may be necessary!) but ultimately comes from their attitudes and their emotional resilience.

She absolutely believes that wellness can be learned!

Her practice is an eclectic one including technical surgical work as an assist on the Open Heart Surgical Team at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, as well as an office practice devoted to the exploration and treatment of metabolic issues such as obesity, diabetes and PCOS. In addition, she teaches people mindfulness skills and mental health tools that revitalize their emotional fitness and improve their lives.

Trish graduated from the University of Calgary in 1991 and worked in Alberta, British Columbia, and the Middle East before settling in Victoria in 2010. She has had a contemplative practice since her teens and has used hypnosis and CBT interventions with her patients for years but only began teaching Mindfulness to patients in a formal way in 2013. Having spent years in the one on one space of a family practice office, she is now delighted to facilitate and learn from the richness of the group process.

<strong>Dr Dzung Vo </strong> MD, FAAP
Dr Dzung Vo MD, FAAP Board Member
Dzung is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. His medical practice, teaching, and research emphasize promoting resilience in young people to help them thrive in the face of stress and adversity. He co-developed (with Dr. Jake Locke at BC Children’s Hospital) a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. MARS-A is a developmentally appropriate adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), for youth with chronic stress, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Dzung is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN).

Dzung has been practicing mindfulness regularly since 1999, and has experienced the transformational power of mindfulness practice firsthand. All trees have roots, and his root mindfulness teacher is the Vietnamese Zen Master, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and author, Thich Nhat Hanh. Dzung has also been deeply inspired by the pioneers of the mindfulness movement in the West, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Zindel Segal, Daniel Siegel, and many others. He hopes to share the benefits of mindfulness to diverse youth in a universal, secular way that is appropriate for anyone, of any religion, or no religion at all.

<strong>Dr Caren Zilber-Shlensky</strong> DO, CCFP, Dipl. American Board of Family Medicine
Dr Caren Zilber-Shlensky DO, CCFP, Dipl. American Board of Family Medicine Art of Living Mindfully Facilitator
 Caren is a US-trained Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) whose professional specialization is in Family Medicine. After receiving her medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed the University of California, San Francisco-affiliated three-year allopathic (MD) Family Medicine residency in Santa Rosa, California. In 2009 she became the first Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine to receive full licensure for general practice from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

Caren was attracted initially to Osteopathic Medicine’s emphasis on the interconnection between all parts of the body, the mind and the spirit, which comprise an integral whole with inherent self-healing properties. This concept of a mind-body continuum appeals to Caren, a dancer throughout her life who was introduced to meditation in the 1980s.  As a very young woman, she learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) and then received individual instruction from Narayan Liebenson, one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Society and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Massachusetts. Caren’s undergraduate concentration in Anthropology at Brown University lead her to study abroad in Indonesia and Thailand where she had further exposure to meditative practices. She also came to appreciate the lens of culture on people’s perception and experience of health and illness.

As a physician, she embraces this whole-person orientation in her family medicine and is delighted now to be facilitating the Art of Living Mindfully course.

In addition to her daily meditation practice, Caren cultivates mindfulness in balancing her work as a physician with mothering her two young children. She continues to love dancing as well as hiking, cooking, speaking a variety of languages and enjoying the gifts of art and literature with her English professor spouse.