The Office is staffed by a dedicated and diverse group of professionals. Staff are representative of the diversity of the population served by the Office and come from a variety of education and employment backgrounds, such as law, social work, education, child and youth mental health, community-based and public sector advocacy, law enforcement, social policy, communications, administration and human resources.
Representative for Children and Youth
Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth is British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth. She was appointed as Acting Representative effective Aug. 31, 2018 and confirmed in her appointment as B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth on Oct. … READ MORE »
Senior Management Team
Acting Deputy Representative
Alan Markwart was appointed Acting Deputy Representative for Children and Youth on March 13, 2018.
Alan initially joined the Representative’s Office in October 2015 as Associate Deputy Representative of Monitoring after more than 40 years working in … READ MORE »
Executive Director, Monitoring and Strategic Initiatives
Linda has a strong background in the not-for-profit sector and government, working with children, youth and families facing many challenges – poverty, abuse, health issues and disabilities. Her skills in creating high functioning partnerships … READ MORE »
Carly joined the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth in January 2018 as Chief Investigator of the Critical Injury and Death team. She has a strong background in investigations and extensive experience working for an Officer … READ MORE »
Manager, Executive Operations
Carissa joined the Representative’s Office in December of 2014. In her role as Manager, Executive Operations, she is responsible for the daily flow of priorities and responsibilities for the Representative and the executive team.
Prior to this … READ MORE »
Executive Director, Advocacy and Youth Engagement
Blair Mitchell was appointed to the position of Executive Director, Advocacy in 2016. Blair joined the Representative’s office as an Intake Advocate in 2012 and has performed various functions on the team since then. … READ MORE »
Executive Director, Strategy and Communications
Jeff Rud joined the Representative’s office after four years as a B.C. government communications director, during which he was assigned to various ministries and worked on a number of initiatives including the 2010 Winter Olympics … READ MORE »