Professional Advisory Committee

MANDATE: The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) is a volunteer committee of professionals who have experience and knowledge in the areas of grief and bereavement. PAC’s primary role is to ensure all programs operate within the BFO-MR mission, mandate, goals, beliefs and values. It strives to identify areas of opportunity where improvement and development of programming can be found to ensure BFO-MR is evolving to meet the needs of the bereaved community.

COMMITTEE REPRESENTATION: PAC members are representatives from health care fields, such as social work, nursing, etc., spirituality, funeral industry and/or education fields.


  • Monitor, assess and evaluate existing BFO-MR programming to ensure the needs of the bereaved are met in the community
  • Identify programming and resource gaps in the Waterloo-Wellington Community
  • Advise on the creation of new programming where gaps exist
  • Screen, evaluate and support appropriate research in the field of grief and bereavement in order to aid in improving BFO-MR’s services
  • Advise on relevant topics/areas of exploration related to grief and bereavement to guide the BFO-MR Conference Committee
  • Report to the Executive Director about current issues and future directions related to the programming components of BFO-MR.
  • Advise on professional development opportunities for staff and volunteer facilitators