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Tanya Momtazian


​​​Education credentials

​RM, MPH

Res​​idence

Nelson

Current employer

Co-Director, Apple Tree Mat​ernity

Years in practice

15

Regulatory expe​​rience 

BCCNM Board Member
BCCNM Governance Committee Chair
Previous Board Chair of College of Midwives of BC (CMBC) ​

Volunteer/community involveme​​nt

Started and support a registered charity, Kootenay Perinatal Support Society, associated with Apple Tree Maternity clinic. T​​​he charity enables qualification for grants and financial support to expand perinatal mental health and lactation support to the families and communities that the clinic serves in the West Kootenays.

C​andidate statement

Why do​ you want to be a BCCNM Board Member? 


I was appointed to the first BCCNM Board as the Midwifery professional member, in September 2020. Previously, I was on the Board and past president of the College of Midwives of BC while the Board and staff navigated the decision to amalgamate with a larger college. I would like to continue to serve as the Midwifery professional member, for one more term, to build on the knowledge and experience I have gained during my first term with BCCNM.  The first two years with BCCNM has greatly expanded my perspective on health​​-regulation governance. How does BCCNM apply its anti-racist, culturally safe standard while many people of BC, especially Indigenous people, do not feel safe to access non-discriminatory care? How does BCCNM transform the inquiry and discipline process to make it more accessible to the public and more focused on reflection and learning for professionals? How do we ensure our governance processes including the participation on our committees reflect the BC population we are mandated to protect? These questions and many others inspire me to continue to engage and work with the BCCNM Board. Through my two years with BCCNM I have seen what a thoughtful and leaderful organization BCCNM is. I would feel honoured to continue to serve on the BCCNM Board. 

Using the Board Composition Matrix as a guide, how do you embody these values in your work and personal life? 


The values of BCCNM are closely aligned with my own personal values and my professional values as a practicing midwife of 15 years in rural BC. To find joy and fulfillment in my life my personal values need to be aligned with the values of the organizations that I work with, which is strongly the case for BCCNM. My work as a midwife has enabled me to deepen these values by caring for a diverse group of families as part of, and leading, a multi-disciplinary team. I continue to be humbled from the families I serve and truly apprecia​​te the service to my community and my team. Being present during labour and birth requires adaptability and the establishment of a trusting relationship, even in the most challenging of circumstances. As a person of significant privilege and who identifies primarily as a Chini-Trini (Trinidadian of Chinese descent), I enjoy and value diverse perspectives and ideas. 

Using the Board Composition Matrix as a guide​, what specific skills, practices, and knowledge do you currently have that will contribute to the Board’s work and which do you need to learn? 

I continue to learn and grow on many of the skills, practices and knowledge listed. I strive to be a continuous ally to Indigenous peoples and their worldview. From a position of privilege, I have an evolving perspective of what anti-racism means in regulation and public protection and how it intersects with other forms of discrimination and oppression. I have limited financial literacy with respect to overseeing large organizations and rely on the professionals with such experience for guidance and support. I have chaired the Governance Committee of BCCNM for the last 2 years and have gained a better understanding of governance and how to focus on developing strong and transparent processes that result in good people making good decisions. My understanding of health professional regulation, organizational decision making and system thinking continues to develop though my time with BCCNM and other leadership work. Overall, I feel technically competent to engage with BCCNM. 

​What s​pecific knowledge, perspectives and/or lived experience do you currently have that can meet the need to strengthen BC First Nations or Indigenous representation in the Board’s composition and support the Board in its pledge to make the BC healthcare system more culturally safe for Indigenous peoples? 

​I do not have the lived experience or perspective of a BC First Nations or Indigenous person to contribute to the Board. If an Indigenous midwife chooses to run for the board of BCCNM, I ​​will gladly step away and support that person to the fullest. This is a significant gap as BCCNM and society grapples with the continued indigenous specific racism present in our health system and other government systems. I continue to be committed to work with my Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues to engage in this difficult work. 

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With great respect, we acknowledge that BCCNM’s office is located on the unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking peoples - Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.​