Board of Directors


Front Row: Deborah Ward, Andrew Ward, Barbara Anne Hodge, Don Adamson
Back Row:John Westhaver, Mike Cook, Lionel Crowthers
Missing:Robert McLeod, Ashley Wilson, Martin Johnson

Canadian Burn Survivors Conference Steering Committee

The committee was formed in 2007 to ensure the continuation of the Canadian Burn Survivors Conference. The committee will approach potential conference hosts, assist with conference planning, and maintain a mailing list of conference attendees. Committee members are from across Canada and are associated with the burn community in a variety of ways.

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Barbara Anne Hodge

Chair of the Executive Committee for the 2015 Canadian Burn Survivors Conference.

Barbara-Anne Hodge is an 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.

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Don Adamson, Calgary AB

Burn Survivor & Co-Chair of the Executive Committee

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”.


Deborah Ward, Halifax NS


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.


Andrew Ward, Halifax, NS

Technical Support & Communications

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.