Board of Directors

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Barbara Anne Hodge

Chair of the Board of Directors

Barbara-Anne Hodge is a retired Occupational Therapist who worked at the Health Sciences Centre Burns and Plastics Unit in Winnipeg, Manitoba for 28 years. In the course of her work, she came to know many burn survivors who struggled with the changes in their appearance and daily life due to their injuries. She is one of the founding members of the Mamingwey Burn Survivor Society in Manitoba in 2003 and continues to support the diverse burn community.

Michelle Escamilla Valladares

Michelle Escamilla

Burn Survivor & Co-Chair of the Board of Directors

Originally from London, Ontario, Michelle is a Latina-Canadian woman and a burn survivor of over 20 years.  She describes herself as resilient and openly shares with others her journey. Her gratitude and passion for life have inspired her to pursue opportunities of motivational speaking to a variety of audiences. She has spoken about confidence, self-love, and self-care.

With a professional background in child development, education, public administration, and most recently social work, she aims to raise the overall quality of life for others through community resources and supports. Michelle is SOAR certified and has worked with related agencies such as The Phoenix Society, Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Children’s Burn Foundation. 

Deborah Ward


Burn Survivor & Secretary/Treasurer

Deborah Ward burned at the age of 7 years old, 70 % body coverage, 3rd degree burns. Deborah spent 6 1/2 months in hospital at first, out for a month and back in for 5 1/2 months, at a time when induced comas’ were not heard of. Over the years she has had so many grafts and releases, it is impossible to count. Deborah has 54 years experience as a burn survivor. Deborah is President of the Nova Scotia Burn Support Group as well as Secretary/Treasurer for the Canadian Burn Survivors Conference Steering Committee. Deborah is a new published author of her biography “Silently Weeping” Deborah is President of the Avon Boat Club and a foster parent of 4 boys with special needs. Deborah is active in visiting patients in the Burn Unit at the QE11 Health Sciences Centre (Halifax Infirmary) and an active participant in the Burn Camp (Camp Connect) for burned children and adults sponsored by the Nova Scotia Firefighters Burn Treatment Society.

Don Adamson


Burn Survivor & Board Member

Don Adamson has been a burn survivor for 9 years.  He still works in the Aviation Industry but volunteers a lot in his spare time to the Calgary Fire Department helping teach fire safety and making wise choices when around fire to schoolchildren.

Don is a member of the Phoenix Society and a S.O.A.R. Peer Supporter of burn patients in the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Centre.  Since his injury, Don has been involved with the Calgary Burn Support Group as an organizer and a Survivor.  Don has attended many Phoenix Society World Burn Conferences across North America.  Don has been an influential part of the Canadian Burn Survivors Community and hosted the 2012 Canadian Burn Survivors Conference in Calgary.  Don recently took part as a panellist for a Special Interest Group Presentation at the American Burn Association in Boston on “Returning to Work after a Burn Injury”.  He looks forward to working with the ABA in the future.  Don has a special place in his heart for all Firefighters and likes raising money with the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society who not only support the local Burn Community, Alberta Children’s Burn Camp and much more, but leading edge research for new skin growth in Burn Patients.  Don has addressed many graduating classes of Nurses and Firefighters and has encouraged them to get involved in the “Burn Community”.

Andrew Ward


Board of Director Member



Andrew ward is the child of a burn survivor. With over 30 years quietly supporting his mother, Andrew has become an intricate part of the burn community by offering support to family and loved ones affected by the trauma of burns. In 2007 Andrew received his Diploma in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. With this designation Andrew has been able to offer support in maintaining Canadian Burn Survivor Community’s s web site, designed the logo for the CBSC and has made recommendations in development in technology. Andrew is an active member of the Nova Scotia Burn Support Group.

Mike Cook


 Burn Survivor & Board Member

Mike Cook sustained burns to 17% of his body from the waist up while trying to light a charcoal barbeque at a Scout Camp in 1998. He spent 17 days in the Burn Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. He required skin graphs to his right shoulder, bicep and rib cage. In 1999/2000 following attendance at the World Burn Conference hosted by the Phoenix Society he played a lead role in the information of the Peer Support Group as sponsored by the Firefighters Burn Fund of Victoria. They have been trained to provide peer support to survivors and family members to assist in their recovery following a burn injury. Mike continues to be a part of the Firefighters Burn Fund Peer Support Group.

Kim Sutherland


Burn Survivor & Board of Director Member

As a Burn survivor, Kim is passionate about burn injury prevention and advocating on behalf of burn patients.  She has been on the Board of the Canadian Burn Survivors Community since 2014, and is a current Co-Chair and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Burn Support Network.  Kim works closely with the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and the Saskatoon Fire Department, and was recognized for this work with the 2016 Shield Award. Kim is proud to be an owner/operator of a family construction business.  Kim volunteers much of her time in the construction industry, sitting on many association boards and committees in Saskatchewan.  


Kyle Hynes

Burn Survivor & Board Member

Kyle Hynes has been a Burn Survivor since 1998. Kyle was in a house fire at the age of 5 years old, caused by an electrical fire. 89% of this his body was burned.


Over the years Kyle had been back-and-forth to the Shriners Hospital in Boston to get skin graphs and reconstruction surgery. 


His journey helping other Burn Survivors started a year after his accident, while in the hospital Kyle had a little office set up in the hospital playroom to welcome other children to help them overcome their burns.


Kyle is a very positive person and eager to help other Burn Survivors with their new begging as a Burn Survivor.  

SOAR certified (Peer Support) 

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Heather Lynn Beveridge

Board Member

Heather Lynn Beveridge is a medical Social Worker.  She has worked with burn survivors and their families for the past 20 years in both a pediatric hospital, and pediatric burn camps.  She began her career on the burn unit at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  In 2009, she relocated to British Columbia to pursue a PhD at the University of British Columbia.  She works full time as the patient services coordinator for the BC Professional Firefighters’ (BCPFF) burn fund.  She continues to be the camp social worker at Camp BUCKO in Ontario as well as burn camp in BC.  She is part of the organizing committee for the Canadian Burn Survivors Conference being hosted by the BCPFF Burn Fund in May 2020.

Sandy Cook

Board Member

Sandy Cook was born in Halifax Nova Scotia and moved to Victoria British Columbia as a young child. She grew up in the Victoria and met Mike Cook in 1981 and married in 1982. They have two boys and the family became involved in scouting in the mid 90’s.
Mike was burned at their year end scout camp event at Camp Barnyard in Sooke on Vancouver Island on May 31 1998.
After attending two World Burn conferences we started the peer support group in Victoria BC then became involved with the CBSC.

Michelyn Grenier

Burn Survivor & Board Member

Michelyn ives in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. She is a burn survivor since the age of 4 where she played with a zippo lighter and set her night dress on fire, sustaining third degree burns to over 80% of her body. She spent 3 and a half months at the IWK Hospital for Children in Halifax Nova Scotia initially. At age 8 travelled to Boston to the Shriners Hospital for a month. Countless skin grafts, and releases at the IWK until age 16. Michelyn is new to the CBSC board, only attending her first conference in Halifax 2018. She is not a part of any survivor group (except online) via Facebook because there were never any groups in her area. She is a secretary with the Strait Regional Centre for Education, and has volunteered with several organizations in her community since 1998; however she currently volunteers only with Girl Guides of Canada since becoming a secretary in 2005. Michelyn is the mother of one son Paul who lives in Calgary.

Victoria Vass

Burn Survivor & Board Member

Victoria is a burn survivor and the founder of Life After Burns, an Ontario based community for those impacted by the trauma of burns. In 2002, at 9 years old, she sustained third degree burns to 20% of her body. 18 years after her accident, she found support for herself and that is how she came to understand and appreciate the strength, resilience and endurance of those affected by a similar traumatic experience. Through helping herself, she realized that she could help others who have had similar life-changing experiences by creating connections, finding resources, and bringing people together.


Victoria's focus is connecting survivors and their loved ones to resources, as well as building a strong community. She is passionate about community work, self awareness and development. She will continue to raise awareness and advocate for burn survivors, and develop more resources and avenues towards healing.

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