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Professional Advisory Committee

MANDATE: The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) is a volunteer committee of professionals who have experience and knowledge in the areas of grief and bereavement. PAC’s primary role is to ensure all programs operate within the BFO-MR mission, mandate, goals, beliefs and values. It strives to identify areas of opportunity where improvement and development of programming can be found to ensure BFO-MR is evolving to meet the needs of the bereaved community.

COMMITTEE REPRESENTATION: PAC members are representatives from health care fields, such as social work, nursing, etc., spirituality, funeral industry and/or education fields.


  • Monitor, assess and evaluate existing BFO-MR programming to ensure the needs of the bereaved are met in the community
  • Identify programming and resource gaps in the Waterloo-Wellington Community
  • Advise on the creation of new programming where gaps exist
  • Screen, evaluate and support appropriate research in the field of grief and bereavement in order to aid in improving BFO-MR’s services
  • Advise on relevant topics/areas of exploration related to grief and bereavement to guide the BFO-MR Conference Committee
  • Report to the Executive Director about current issues and future directions related to the programming components of BFO-MR.
  • Advise on professional development opportunities for staff and volunteer facilitators


Craig Cunningham, MSW, RSW
Social Worker, BFO-MR Professional Consultant

Susan Cadell
Professor School of Social Work Renison University College University of Waterloo

Shannon Golletz, M.Sc.
Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist

Fiona Apperson
Interim Senior Counsellor, Bridges to Health

Jennifer Foucault
Funeral Director Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

Vicki Hartman
Narrative and Family Therapist (private practice)