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 represent fields such as health care, social work, spirituality, funeral services and education.

We are committed to having our Professional Advisory Committee represent our community. We welcome and encourage the broad range of experiences, skills and knowledge that applicants with diverse abilities, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnicity bring.

DIVERSITY AND EQUITY COMMITMENT: BFO-MR’s Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Committee, leadership and staff are committed to diversity and equity work. We have started this work internally and know that in order to best serve the diversity of people who live in our communities, this work must be intentional and ongoing.


  • 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 Region and Guelph & Wellington communities
  • 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

TIME COMMITMENT: The expected time commitment is approximately 2 hours quarterly for PAC meetings, plus approximately 1.5-2 hours per month of committee work/preparation outside of the meetings.

HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested in applying to be become a member of our Professional Advisory Committee, please fill out an application form. Your application will be reviewed by our Professional Consultant and Committee Chair.