SCOPE Team

Meet the team behind SCOPE who are bringing the Live 5-2-1-0 message to communities across British Columbia.

Central Office Staff

Dr. Shazhan Amed, Founder and Project Lead

Dr. Shazhan Amed is a pediatric doctor who works at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. In addition to treating children and youth with obesity and its related complications like type 2 diabetes, Dr. Amed leads the SCOPE initiative. Dr. Amed strongly believes that promoting healthy weights in children will prevent them from developing serious chronic diseases in young adulthood. Therefore, she is committed to the success of this initiative.

Susan Pinkney, Project Manager

Susan Pinkney is an experienced project manager for public health initiatives. Her recent roles have included managing a project at BC Women’s Hospital which aims to optimize the cesarean delivery rate and help women push for the best possible birth; prior to that she coordinated research and evaluations for community hygiene and sanitation projects in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Susan is committed to helping communities gain the knowledge, tools and power they need to be able to make decisions that protect and improve their health.

Diana Al-Qutub, Research Coordinator

Diana brings to the SCOPE team a strong background in dietetics and public health, having worked as a clinical dietitian in Northwestern Ontario and as a researcher in British Columbia and the Middle East.  Diana is looking forward to working with SCOPE to ensure that the initiative fulfills its goal of minimizing the onset of childhood obesity and its consequent health impacts in partner communities.

Partner Community Staff

SCOPE’s team also includes local coordinators in the communities of Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Brenda Adams, Abbotsford Coordinator

Brenda Adams brings to the SCOPE team a background in kinesiology, health coaching and adult education. In her role as the Healthy Abbotsford Community Coordinator at the City of Abbotsford, she works with community stakeholders from all sectors to improve the health of Abbotsford residents.

Katrina Bepple, Chilliwack Coordinator

Katrina Bepple brings a strong research and community engagement background to the SCOPE team. She works as a contractor with the Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation and is responsible for Program Implementation for their Healthy Kids Initiative. The initiative is framed on SCOPE’s Live 5-2-1-0, so it made sense that when Chilliwack was added as a SCOPE community, Katrina would join the team as Community Coordinator.