LPN; RN; BScN; MScN (Clinical Nurse Specialist)
Case Manager, Long Term Care Access, Home and Community Care, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Served on the board of the Intercultural Association of Victoria (ICA); also on the board of the Victoria German School, and currently the Victoria Good News Choir. Responsibilities were related to function, policy-making, fundraising, completion of government grant applications, a research project for the ICA, strategic direction, and budgets.
Understanding what it means to be anti-racist and what privilege represents is ever-changing and growing. My discussions with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) only serve to remind me of the layers of discrimination, the impacts of colonialism and how much work there is to be done. I'm committed to learning more about the social, legislative and political history of the BC First Nations and Indigenous people; the impact of colonialism in Canada and its enduring traumatic legacy; the effects of widespread Indigenous-specific racism within the healthcare system, My own ancestry is tied to the peoples of the prairies. My years of membership on community boards has given me insights into the fiduciary duties, good governance principles, and stewardship responsibilities, but I feel that there is a great deal more to know and I look forward to board-supported education. My practice is grounded in an evidence-based, best practice perspective, which in my Clinical Nurse Specialty was paramount. I anticipate support would be available to new board members for any gaps in technological competence, organizational decision-making, and regulation.
I am a member of the Metis Nation of British Columbia. I traced my ancestry to the loss of land through the scrip system in Manitoba. My lived experience as a Metis woman is working out for myself where I fit, why and how. Most of my life was lived as a white woman. It is my personal commitment to work to strengthen BC First Nations or Indigenous representation and to support this board, but it would be a journey that we make together. In the past I worked hard to advocate for culturally relevant and safe care and I met with many barriers. Nevertheless, what I have to offer is that experience and the academic background of having studied transcultural health and care.