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Zili CARE Past Speakers

Dr. Maryam Zeineddin

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 Dr. Z is a local Northshore family doctor of and business owner of almost two decades, graduated from UBC for her undergraduate degree in physiology and UBC Medical school. She finished her family practice residency program at St Paul’s hospital. She is a UBC clinical instructor at the faculty of medicine and is one of the physician negotiators for Doctors of BC finishing negotiations of their master agreement with government. She is also part of the physician negotiating team for the creation of the new primary care funding model for all family doctors in BC . She is on the board of directors for  BC Family Doctors and has been on the board of the UBC alumni Association and BC College of Family Physicians. She has shifted her family practice to focusing on prevention with the continuity of care she provides for her patient. Dr Zeineddin is also a regular CBC health commentator and is a big advocate for our health care system valuing preventative health rather than what she refers as "band aid" health. She is the founder of Zili CARE  a preventative health platform promoting evidence-driven lifestyle measures focusing on mental and physical Health with health programs, counseling, speaking engagements and yearly health conferences.

Dr Z is a proud mom of two girls advocating for a strong sense of social responsibility for her community locally and nationally. As a full-time working mother, Maryam realizes the importance of affording herself the same consideration and kindness she advocates for her patients. She studied Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Maté, an approach to help soften the effects of repressed fear and pain, and practices mindfulness and meditation regularly herself.

Gabor Maté M.D., C.M., is a Canadian physician (retired), public speaker and bestselling author, published internationally in multiple languages. His book on addiction, the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, is used as a text in many institutions of higher learning in Canada and the U.S. His most recent book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture, to be published in over 30 languages on five continents, has been and continues to be a #1 Canadian bestseller and, as of March 26 will been 18 weeks a New York Times bestseller.


After two decades as a family doctor and palliative care director, for twelve years Gabor worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver Supervised Injection Site, North America’s first such facility. His other interests encompass childhood developmental issues, ADHD, mind/body health, trauma and parenting. He is in constant demand as a speaker internationally and has addressed judicial bodies in Canada, the U.S. and Australia on the links between trauma, addictions, and dysfunctional behaviors. He has worked with many Indigenous communities around these issues.


He has received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree (Laws) from the University of Northern British Columbia. For his groundbreaking medical work and writings, he has been given the Order of Canada, and the Civic Merit award from his home city of Vancouver.


A film based on his work, The Wisdom of Trauma, has been viewed by over 10 million people internationally and has been translated into twenty languages. It is shown regularly in many institutions, including schools and prisons, in Canada, the U.S., and abroad.   His therapeutic method, Compassionate Inquiry, has been, in the past three years, studied by over 3,000 health care providers in 80 countries.


Gabor is a speaker much in demand internationally on s addiction, stress and mind/body health, child development, trauma, ADHD and other topics related to his five best-selling books. He has been featured on some of the most popular podcasts, such as Joe Rogan, Tim Ferris, Jay Shetty, and others.


His next book, co-written with his son Daniel, will be Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Adult Children and Their Parents, based on their popular workshop.

Maryam Zeineddin

Dr. Gabor Maté


Lien Yeung


Lien Yeung is a reporter and the host of CBC Vancouver News Weekends. In 2021, Lien co-hosted CBC B.C.'s trailblazing anti-racism virtual town hall which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and won an RTDNA Award. In the lead-up, she broke ground with her extensive coverage of the rise of anti-Asian hate. Her lived experience helped victims share their stories despite cultural barriers. A key member of Vancouver’s multimedia reporting team, Lien’s coverage of the 2017 B.C. wildfires earned her an RTDNA Award and Webster nomination. A digital inn ovator, Lien began her journalism career as one of CBC’s pioneering social media editors. She continues to pave the way for our digital future, most recently as the host of two pilot programs for CBC News Explore.


As a journalist, woman of colour and new-ish mom, Lien brings her sense of empathy, curiosity and humour to each of those unique roles. She holds a Master’s of Journalism. from UBC and a B.A. in Criminology and Communications from SFU. Oh, and she loves to eat and share it on Instagram.

Rebecca Duncan is from the Squamish and Musqueam First Nations of the Coast Salish Peoples. Rebecca has devoted her life to preserve the Squamish Language along with her Cultural teachings that have been handed down to her from her late Papa and his Papa and so on and so on since the beginning of time.

Rebecca is a remarkable storyteller, weaver, traditional cook, language teacher, singer & dancer.

No matter where you are from, it is so important to know your history, your ties to the land, and your culture.

Welcome to unceded Coast Salish Territory, Our history is your history!!!

Maryam Zeineddin

Rebecca Duncan


Marsha Long

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Marsha Long is the General Manager at BlueShore Financial’s Park Royal Financial Spa branch. With over 35 years of experience in financial services, she is focused on driving BlueShore’s core purpose of passionately improving clients’ financial well-being in an interconnected digital world. She believes in getting to know our clients dreams, goals and aspirations in order to provide them with tailored financial advice to help them get there. A dedicated leader, she is not only deeply committed to the financial well-being of her clients, but also the personal and professional success of her team. Additionally, Marsha gives back of her time and expertise as Treasurer of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

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