BC Association of Community Response Networks

Jane Osborne

Jane Osborne

Jane Osborne

Regional Mentor

After a 30-year career in information technology management and organizational development (IBM, UBC and Metro Vancouver among others), Jane retired to explore the joys of working in community.  Over the past 20 years, she has focused her energies on project and volunteer work provincially and locally; initially on the North Shore of Vancouver and more recently on Central Vancouver Island as a passionate advocate for social justice.

In North & West Vancouver and Sea-to-Sky Corridor Jane spent time with:

  • North Shore Community Response Network (CRN) as their Coordinator and then as BC Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRNs) Regional Mentor for North Shore & Sea-to-Sky
  • North Shore Restorative Justice Society as a volunteer facilitator, program administrator, project manager and the team lead for the development and implementation of the Restorative Responses to Adult Abuse & Neglect program in collaboration with the North Shore CRN
  • Lionsview Seniors Planning Society as the Team Lead for their age-friendly Seniors Survey and Seniors Actions Tables project and the Team Lead for the My Parkgate BREAK community-based adult day program

On Vancouver Island (after her move to Nanaimo) Jane has been working as the BC CRNs Regional Mentor for Central Vancouver Island and just recently been appointed as the Regional Mentor for the North Island as well. Her work has involved:

  • Developing and supporting CRNs in the Central Island, Cowichan, Ladysmith, Gabriola, and Nanaimo
  • Attending and supporting Our Cowichan Community Health Network and participating as an active member of the Community Steering Group for the Eldercare Project in Cowichan (EPIC)
  • Initiating the Seniors Aging OUT (SAO) project (sponsored and funded by BC CRNs) as a community-based partner program with Island Health's LGBTQ2s staff training project (Nicole Tremblay).  SAO's initial focus was research and needs identification for older adults coming into contact with health and community services.  More latterly, the focus has moved to developing materials (brochure, presentations and training tools) for staff and volunteers of community organizations serving LGBTQ2S+ older adults
  • Supporting the start-up of the Nanaimo-based Vancouver Island Living Out Visibly and Engaged CRN (LOVECRN.ca) and participating in follow-on projects to Seniors Aging OUT in partnership with academics, the Health Authority and community agencies
  • Volunteering for RJ Victoria and Ladysmith Community Justice Program as a facilitator / community developer and participating as a volunteer at large with Ladysmith Resources Centre

In May 2016, Jane received SFU Gerontology Research Centre's individual Elder Abuse Awareness to Action Award for her work in building community partnerships and collaborations that support positive social change, coordinated responses and improved interventions for adults experiencing abuse and neglect.

Jane says, "I am passionate about inclusive and affirming responses for all members of our communities. A restorative justice lens allows me to explore and understand my own privilege and my personal history and bring my whole person to the process of designing and supporting healing responses to crime and conflict.  It facilitates development of my skills as an ally in community work with First Nations, recent immigrants and other oppressed minorities."