Meet the Team
Shaf Hussain, vice president
Public Affairs, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement
Shaf Hussain was appointed vice president, Public Affairs, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement in July 2011. Shaf brings with him over 20 years experience in communications, public, media, government and stakeholders relations. Shaf provides senior leadership for Providence Health Care communications and stakeholderengagement activities, including developing strategies and implementing plans to strengthen relationships and formal networks of PHC’s unique community, corporate patient/resident and faith-based health care groups and partners. Shaf is responsible for the communications department and media services division at Providence, and also works closely with Providence foundations to enhance coordination of reputation building and public engagement initiatives. Shaf graduated in 1989 with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Regina.
Justin Karasick, director
Justin Karasick was appointed director, Communications & Public Affairs in June 2011. Justin brings with him over 10 years experience in communications, community, media, government and stakeholders relations. Justin has been with Providence Health Care for eight years in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. Justin leads a team in providing public relations and communication services, including: strategic relations, event planning, branding, crisis communications and internal communications. Prior to working at PHC, he spent time working at Sports BC, EPCOR (Alberta’s Hydro equivalent) and in various communications positions for federal government departments including Transport Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada. Justin graduated in 2002 with a joint major degree in Business and Communications from Simon Fraser University.
Elaine Yong, senior communications specialist — media relations
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Elaine Yong joined the team in September 2015 as Senior Communications Specialist in Media Relations. After graduating from Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1995 with a degree in journalism, Elaine spent 20 years as a reporter in television newsrooms across the country, including the last nine years at Global BC. Most recently, she specialized in covering health issues with a keen interest in sharing patients’ stories. Now she’ll be doing much the same thing, just from the other side of the microphone.
Elaine is responsible for both proactive and reactive media stories. She is always on the hunt for interesting topics, especially anything that involves making care better for patients. Think you might have a newsworthy story? Send Elaine an email!
Megan Birnie, senior communications specialist
Megan Birnie is a communications specialist in Providence Health Care’s Communications & Public Affairs team and is responsible for providing support for corporate communications projects and strategic initiatives. Megan began full-time as a communications coordinator in January of 2008, and worked as acting leader from October, 2010 until June, 2011. Megan first joined PHC in 2006 as a co-op student as part of SFU’s Communications program and continued to work part-time while she finished her BA in Communications with a minor in English Literature.
Jessica Hainstock, senior communications specialist
Jessica Hainstock joined the Communications & Public Affairs team in 2014 in the role of communications specialist. She is responsible for providing support for corporate communications and strategic initiatives.
Jenica Montgomery, communications specialist
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Christine Lyon joined the Providence Health Care Research Institute in the role of communications specialist in February 2018. She provides communications support for PHCRI. Prior to joining PHCRI, Christine worked as a journalist for 10 years.