Kristy Kerr is the Executive Director of the BCCDC Foundation, where she is responsible for strategic direction, partnerships, organizational development, operations, and the consistent achievement of the mission, vision and mandate of the Foundation. Kristy manages day-to-day administrative functions, including finance, HR, and award management, as well as strategic functions, including fund development, marketing, communications, and building the profile of the Foundation. Kristy has worked in different research management and grant- writing roles, as well as international development and global health.
Kristy has a Masters in Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology and an Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing. Kristy is very passionate about health promotion, prevention, equity and the social determinants of health. One of her passions is global health, focusing on the community level and building local capacity. Kristy has spent time working in Zambia and Kenya on various community-based initiatives. Her interests include the use of health promotion strategies and principles to advocate for human rights, social justice, and health equity.
Kristy is Board Vice President for McLaren Housing Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization that provides housing and support services to people living with HIV who have low/limited income, are inadequately housed or are at risk of homelessness. She is dedicated to this work, as well as other community development activities. Kristy has been with the BCCDC Foundation since July 2013.
Lisa Young is the Operations Coordinator of the BCCDC Foundation, where she is
responsible for daily operations/business functions, finance, communications, coordination of the internal funding program, and provides support for the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Lisa holds a CAP-OM designation from International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and has held leadership positions within the organization. Lisa brings a wealth of experience in the research/academic and non-profit worlds, having supported researchers at Dalhousie University for over 12 years, and volunteering/working for various non-profits across Canada. She currently volunteers with Dress For Success, who work to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive at work and in life. Lisa joined the Foundation in October 2016.
Development & Communications Coordinator
Kim Acedo is the Development and Communications Coordinator where she supports work to raise the
profile of the Foundation, BCCDC and public health broadly, as well as the fundraising efforts of the Foundation.
Helping people live healthier and happier lives is Kim’s life mission. She strongly believes that being proactive (versus reactive) with one’s health is not only more affordable in the short and long-term, but also makes for greater overall happiness and well-being. She has a Master’s degree in Health Science and is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Kim joined the Foundation in February 2020.
Development & Communications Manager
Colt Long is the Development and Communications Manager for the BCCDC Foundation and is responsible for leading fund development strategies and activities, as well as working on
marketing and communications strategies and initiatives, in order to support the Foundation’s
priorities and mission. Colt works with the Executive Director to successfully grow the
Foundation’s influence and impact as a public health charity.
Colt has held a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) designation since 2010. He brings 20+ years of non-profit fundraising and leadership experience, including roles with the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, Banff Centre, and MacEwan University. Colt volunteers with The Salvation Army, and has spent the last decade mentoring fundraisers, and other non-profit professionals and organizations. Colt joined the Foundation in November 2020.