Meet the Health Literacy Team!

Meredith de Freitas, Project Manager on October 24, 2017

The BC Children’s Hospital Health Literacy team is led by Andrew Tugwell, Director, Health Promotion & Prevention, and made up of a number of project managers and project coordinators – see photo. We work alongside the staff of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre to support the mental health and well-being of children, youth, and families in BC. Our work includes:

  • Developing mental health and well-being resources in a range of formats
  • Disseminating mental health and well-being information and resources using a variety of communication channels.
  • Supporting, educating and sharing mental health and well-being information and resources with those who work with children and youth.
  • Developing and participating in networks and communities of practice, and collaborating with key partners.

All of the resources we develop are available through In addition, we also frequently work alongside the BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health program teams, helping to develop tools and resources.

Some examples of the tools and resources we have created include:

Other activities the Health Literacy Team spearheads that you might have heard of include:

These resources and activities are just a sample of our team’s work. If you are interested in learning more, check out our 2016/2017 online annual report – it provides a great overview of our accomplishments from last year, as well as the impact our work has had across the province.

The Health Literacy Team is passionate about promoting mental health and well-being among children, youth, and families in BC. We would like to thank all of our partners and supporters for making this work possible!

Back Row (L to R): Andrew Tugwell, Michelle Horn, Kaleigh McLeod, Amy Obetkoff, Julia Hayos, Meredith de Freitas, Bryn Askwith

Front Row (L to R): Amy Pezzente, Char Black, Kiera Bailey, Marilyn Lawson, Veronica Cho, Michelle Cianfrone

Missing: Meagan Colenutt, Shannon Vogels, Mary McCracken, Jasmine Rakhra


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BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.