Martha is currently the Director of Policy for the BC Ministry of Agriculture, and has worked in the areas of policy, governance and major project management for many years. Martha has served on a number of Boards in various capacities, including as Chair of the Greater Victoria Public Library Board. She is a ‘graduate’ of ALM who has since incorporated mindfulness into her daily life, to the immense relief of her three children, and herself. She is thrilled to serve on the BCALM Board to help ensure this incredibly valuable program remains an opportunity for others well into the future.
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
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.
Claudia is passionate about helping others and making a difference in the community. She speaks four languages and enjoys all things international, including exploring the world from an early age. Her passion for travel and willingness to learn about other cultures and peoples have taken her to 40 countries around the globe. She was educated in Canada, England, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, and Wales. Claudia holds numerous University degrees, including a Ph.D in Politics and International Studies. Upon completion of her studies, she joined government and gained extensive experience in the workings of government, international and intergovernmental relations, business improvement and performance. She is a certified Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt. Before joining government, among other experiences, she taught at universities abroad and was a Research Associate at the Centre for Global Studies (University of Victoria). Over the years, Claudia has received numerous awards for her excellence and leadership. She has always enjoyed making use of her time and talents to find innovative ways to help the community, including with Rotary International and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. She is honoured to be serving on the BCALM Board.
Monica Kingsbury MEd RCC
Board Member, Mindfulness Day & Community 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
Scott has spent the last 20 years working to improve access to knowledge and learning opportunities on the open internet as a technologist, researcher and open content/open network activist. His career has spanned post-secondary institutions, libraries, for-profit startups and government. He is currently the Systems Manager at the BC Libraries Cooperative, a national social enterprise with nearly 200 member libraries and related organizations across Canada. He has been a member of the Victoria Mindfulness Community, a Buddhist sangha sitting in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, for the past 10 years.
Ocean Lum BSc. MA RCC
Mindfulness Day and Community Art of Living Mindfully 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.
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.
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.
Dr Trish Snozyk MD CCFP
Art 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.
Kate Steele MA RCC
Kate works as a clinical counsellor in private practice and also as a school counsellor at an independent school in Victoria. She specializes in working with children, youth and families. Over the past few years, Kate has become passionate about practicing meditation and teaching mindfulness to her clients and students as a means to manage stress and anxiety and to foster self-awareness and acceptance. She is also a singer-songwriter, and uses music and expressive arts in her practice. Kate loves singing and playing guitar, hiking, lake swimming and cycling. She lives in Victoria, B.C. with her husband and two children.
After receiving her Masters degree in psychology in Germany, Monika moved to Southern California and started a small business and a family. After a few years, she returned to university (University of California) and earned her MBA and a PhD degrees. Monika moved to Victoria with her husband and joined UVic as a professor of business and sustainability in 1995. She loves to hear from and visit her kids and four grandchildren. In the past 20 years, Monika dedicated much of her energy and passion to integrating sustainability thinking into management education and research. She has found strength and wellness in various aspects of meditation over the past 40 years, including hypnosis, progressive muscle relaxation and Zen meditation. The Art of Mindful Living principles have had a deep and positive impact on her and she would like to give back and help make this approach to personal wellness more broadly accessible.
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.