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Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater

Dr. Leadbeater is the former Director for Addictions Research of British Columbia and is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria. She is actively involved in research and community work involving at-risk youth, injury prevention in children and youth, and community-university research alliances. She was received numerous academic and community awards including the Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Best Book Award for her publication Growing up fast: Transitions to Early Adulthood for Inner City Adolescent Mothers. She has been awarded over two dozen research grants and scholarships. Her research includes work on peer victimization, community-university alliances for health research, and research ethics in community-based and participatory action research.

Margo Greenwood

Margo Greenwood is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Northern British Columbia. Her area of expertise is Indigenous Early Childhood Education. Margo Greenwood, is also the Site Director - Centre for Excellence for Children & Adolescents with Special Needs, UNBC Task Force on Substance Abuse.

Margo Greenwood has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for two decades, and has made instrumental contributions to the advancement of Aboriginal child care and Head Start programs.

Margo Greenwood is recognized for her work Substance Abuse Task Force: University of Northern British Columbia Recognizing Strength, Building Capacity: Addressing Substance Abuse Related Special Needs in First Nations Communities of British Columbia's Hinterlands (2003). Margo Greenwood has also been involved in such recent national projects as: Appropriateness of an Outcome-Based Regulations Framework for Aboriginal Child Care (2000). This project examines legislative frameworks for implementation of processes that identify barriers and supports that existing legislation and policy present for developing First Nations quality child care programs and responses to those barriers identified.

Peter Webster

Mr. Webster is a businessman and a philanthropist. He was born in Montreal and has lived in BC for the past 40 years. He serves on many local, national and international corporate and non-profit boards. Mr. Webster serves as the trustee of the R. Howard Webster foundation, which is based in Montreal an is one of Canada's largest private foundations. It specializes in supporting children's needs, education and criminal justice issues.

Mr. Webster also serves as a member of the Vancouver Police board, the Justice Institute of BC, the Douglas College Foundation Board, the Vancouver Police Foundation, and the Board of Governors for Acadia University. He is also the Chairman of the Boy's and Girl's Club of Canada Foundation Board, and is the Past-Director of the BC sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Sharon Wilsnack

Sharon Carlson Wilsnack received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University and studied as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Freiburg, Federal Republic of Germany. She is presently Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Wilsnack's background includes experience as a substance abuse therapist and treatment program director as well as in research and medical education. She has published extensively on issues related to substance abuse in women, and has addressed numerous national and international audiences. She is co-editor with Linda Beckman of the volume Alcohol Problems in Women: Antecedents, Consequences, and Intervention (New York: Guilford Press, 1984) and with Richard Wilsnack of Gender and Alcohol: Individual and Social Perspectives (Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, 1997).

Sharon Wilsnack and Richard Wilsnack direct a 20-year longitudinal study of drinking behavior in U.S. women, and coordinate an international collaborative research project on gender and alcohol which involves researchers from more than 40 countries. Sharon Wilsnack is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee to Study Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, as a member of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institutes of Health, and on numerous other boards and advisory groups concerned with alcohol abuse and women's health. She is presently a member of the National Advisory Committee, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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