BC Chapter

The Work Wellness Institute - BC Chapter

The Chapter is comprised of workplace health and wellness experts from the public and private sector. As a team, the Chapter addresses issues unique to the Province of BC, sets goals and works toward achieving those goals through WWDPI programs. The Chapter also advises WWDPI on areas of research and current practices and raises public awareness on the issues of work wellness and disability prevention.

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Mario Miceli

BC Chapter Co-Chair & ​​​Board Vice Treasurer

Advocacy Chair for BC/Yukon Diabetes Canada​

Mario Miceli worked 30 years in the insurance industry leading innovative projects and working with world renowned experts in the area of disability management. He is recognized for innovation with brain injury management and the development of an enhanced disability management model to be utilized on a $3B insurance portfolio. Working within an evidence-based model to ensure gold standard treatment for injury management he was at the forefront of customer support for injured parties.

Mario currently runs a consultant company and his other roles include, Diabetes Canada Advocacy Chair for BC/Yukon and on the Steering Committee of Cities Changing Diabetes Vancouver.

Manobhiram Nellutla

Manobhiram Nellutla​ ​

Executive Director, Actsafe Safety Association

BC Chapter Co-Chai​r

Manu Nellutla is the Executive Director at Actsafe Safety Association. He is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) and also a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (CPHSA). He has Post-Graduate degrees in Physiotherapy (with specialization in Musculoskeletal and Sports), Education, Ergonomics (with specialization in Human Factors) and Business Administration.

Apart from being a speaker in various conferences, he has also been a speaker at TEDx event. He was previously COO at Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and before that Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at University of Rwanda.

Manu has been recognized for his efforts to introduce ergonomics in school curriculum in Rwanda and was also a technical team member for drafting OHS legislation for Rwanda.

Anthony Bone

Anthony Challacombe Bone​

Labour Relations Officer, Civilian Human Resources Service Center

Anthony Bone currently works as a civilian employee for the Civilian Human Resources Service Centre (Pacific) located at CFB Esquimalt as a Labour Relations Officer. He was born in Fort Nelson, BC and grew up in the communities of Fort Nelson, Calgary Alberta, Prince George, Sechelt, Surrey and Victoria BC. In 1994, he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces with HMCS Malahat. In 1997, he re-enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Officer in the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC).

Anthony Bone has been the Commanding Officer of 1726 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) Comox, 2422 RCACC Nanaimo and 2289 RCACC Victoria. Anthony Bone holds many certificates and qualification in Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Human Resources, and is a Graduate of Royal Roads University (2005), where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication.

Audrey Wilkinson

Audrey Wilkinson​

Director of Human Resources, Baptist Housing

Audrey Wilkinson is the Director of Human Resources at Baptist Housing. She was previously responsible for directing programs and the facilitation of research surrounding under-utilized populations in the workforce with an aim to build up the next generation of workers at Construction Foundation of BC. Her professional background is in Social Work, Human Resources and Labour Relations.

She has spent many years in her professional capacity as an advocate for individuals and families living with disabilities, advising workplaces about workplace wellness and disability prevention and teaching and writing on topics related to health, safety and workplace wellness.

Jennifer Howatt

Jennifer C. Howatt​

Senior Human Resources and Disability Advisor, City of Kamloops

Jennifer Howatt has worked in the field of Human Resources for 17 years, two years with a private, local company in Kamloops and her most recent 15 years with the City of Kamloops.

She began her career as a human resource generalist, providing a broad range of HR support services to various municipal departments. In the last two years she has taken on the role of Senior HR and Abilities Advisor, accountable for the administration of employee group benefit plans, covering all aspects of employee education and communications; the corporate attendance management program; and coordination of disability management, including long term disability, return to work plans, and long-term claims.

She also provides advice and guidance to other HR team members on a day-to-day basis. In the past, Jennifer volunteered extensively with the local Chapter of CPHR BC, and still participates as a mentor with the organization today.

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Lani deHek​

Enhanced Disability Management Program Administrator, BC Nurses Union

Lani deHek is a Registered Nurse and is currently the Administrator, Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) at the British Columbia Nurses’ Union (BCNU). For the last four years, she has worked through the process of implementing, monitoring and evaluating this provincial program while supporting the Regional EDMP Representatives. In addition to her work with the EDMP, Lani supports the LTD appeal team and assists in advocating for her members on WorkSafeBC files.

Her passion for the well-being of her nursing colleagues, combined with her knowledge and work experience, provide a unique insight into assisting nurses who are disabled due to illness or injury and addressing barriers for those returning to work.

Diana Vissers

Diana Vissers​

Disability Management Consultant Work to Wellness

Diana Vissers is an occupational health consultant for workplace mental health. She works with organizations and their employees to develop effective programs and provides direct return to work services along with her team.

Her diverse 25 years of experience includes working in the private and public sectors, with Workers’ Compensation Boards, private disability insurance companies, employers, unions, and community based mental health agencies. She is founder of Work to Wellness Rehabilitation, a British Columbia disability management company and is a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. Diana’s education includes a Master’s degree (Disability Management) and she is an Instructor and course developer at Simon Fraser University in the Occupational Health and Safety and Disability Management programs. Diana is also a member of the BC Professional Firefighter Association Mental Health Task Force, and the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (BC).

Anna Maria

Anna-Maria Wijesinghe​

Manager, Member an​​d Association Services, Union of BC Municipalities


Anna-Maria Wijesinghe is the Manager, Member and Association Services for the Union of British Columbia Municipalities – a position she has held for almost 14 years.

She has spent most of her career, over 27 years, in providing health strategy consulting that focuses on maximizing employers’ organizational health initiatives within association group benefits plans. She has built strong relationships with multi-union clients at local and provincial levels in the coordinating of benefit ventures. She has also participated and assisted with providing advice in the bargaining of various collective agreements. Anna has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Lakehead University with an emphasis in Human Resources. She also has a certificate in Immigration Law, Policies and Procedures from UBC.

Trish Kelly

Trish Kelly

Senior Accessibility Consultant, Strategy & Engagement, The Presidents Group

Trish Kelly is the senior staff person for the Presidents Group, where she supports its member organizations in their mission to improve the accessibility of BC’s workplaces.

Previously, Trish spent several decades in the food sector helping socially responsible companies improve their community impact and environmental performance. Most recently, she was Executive Director of Potluck Cafe Society, a social enterprise that provides training and jobs for people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

A compassionate facilitator and social justice advocate, Trish is honoured to bring her knowledge and skills to support more accessible and inclusive communities.

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