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Centre for Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as "Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally."
The Centre for Mindfulness provides:

  • A list of upcoming events for health care professionals, youth, parents, and caregivers
  • Resources for health care professionals, youth, parents, and caregivers
  • Blog posts from the Centre for Mindfulness
Learn about the Centre for Mindfulness

Our mission and vision


The BC Children's Hospital Centre for Mindfulness supports mindfulness practice, including clinical and educational programs, health professional development, and research.

The Centre serves as a hub to connect, support, and grow mindfulness activities for children, youth, families and caregivers, and health professionals. The Centre also aspires to nurture a "mindful culture" throughout the hospital community, the province of British Columbia, and beyond. All our services are free, and include educational events for children, youth, families, and health professionals.

Our vision

Mindful community, compassionate care.

For more information:

Visit the Centre for Mindfulness page for additional information, events, resources, and blog posts.


Dr. Dzung Vo

Director, BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness

Head, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics


Dzung X. Vo, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine, the founding director of the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness, and a clinical associate professor and division head for the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In partnership with Dr. Jake Locke, Dr. Vo co-developed MARS-A (Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents), an eight-week mindfulness training program for adolescents with depressive symptoms, with or without other co-occurring chronic illness or chronic pain. Dr. Vo also developed a mindful healing course for health care providers, adapted from Dr. Ron Epstein and Dr. Michael Krasner’s Mindful Practice, and other sources.

Dr. Joanna McDermid

Associate Director, BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness

Joanna McDermid, MD, is a psychiatrist, with a subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry and is a clinical instructor with Department of Psychiatry, at BC Children’s Hospital and at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In addition to her psychiatry training, Dr McDermid has trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindful Self Compassion. She has done an extended mentorship with Dr. Ron Epstein and his team in the Mindful Practice program for physicians and health providers through the University of Rochester.  Dr McDermid has developed a mindfulness program to supplement standard care for individuals with eating disorders in residential treatment, and is currently developing a global parent mindfulness informed resource. 

Kate McKenna

Project Manager, BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness

Kate has a BSc degree in Psychology, PMP and is currently pursuing her Masters of Counselling Psychology at City University.  Kate is a Project Manager on the Health Promotion & Health Literacy team with the Child & Youth and Productive Mental Health Programs at BC Children's Hospital.  She currently supports the Centre for Mindfulness and the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

Kate is originally from Ireland and now lives in Vancouver.  She enjoys being outdoors - taking advantage of all the surrounding natural beauty through hiking, snow adventures and camping.

Dr. Katarina Tabi

Research Fellow, BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness; Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Dr. Katarina Tabi is a researcher and mindfulness practitioner. Dr. Tabi has worked in the research of brain and mind most of her professional career. She was involved in projects and has published in the fields of mental health, neuropsychopharmacology, e-mental health, addiction, mindfulness and resilience.

Dr. Tabi is a qualified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher, trained by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, Medical School. As a mindfulness teacher, she has experience teaching internationally different communities including students, health-care providers, and working professionals. Dr. Tabi is interested in a variety of interventions that lead to the cultivation of awareness. She seeks to understand these techniques through the perspective of both eastern traditions and neuroscience.


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