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November Update

Summer’s over but there’s lots to look forward to this fall and winter! Here are just a couple things we wanted to share with you:

We’re Open for Business!

While our permanent site is being renovated, we’ve secured two temporary sites at 623 Powell for our primary care practice and at 44 E Cordova for our community drop-in and relational care program.

24 New Staff Members Join the Team!

We sent out the call and boy did you deliver! We’re happy to announce the hiring of 24 amazing individuals, including family physicians, nurses, counselors, social workers, outreach works, Elders and Elder’s assistants. Scroll down for a sneak-peak at our ‘staff spotlight’ we’ll be posting on social media and our website.

Indigenous Health & Cultural Programming Begins

Join us from Nov 6th-9th at 44 E Cordova for the first week of our Health & Cultural Programming! The first week’s schedule includes:

TUESDAY November 6th:
Wellness Circles with Elder Jean Wasegijig

WEDNESDAY November 7th:
Prairie Cultural Teaching Circle with Elder Lil Daniels
Afternoon of 1:1 Sessions with Elder Ruth Alfred (available for booking at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30)

THURSDAY November 8th:
West Coast Cultural Teaching Circle with Elder Marr Dorvault

FRIDAY November 9th:
Art with the Dr. Peter Centre Art Therapist

Funding Update & Next Steps

Having met 70% of the year’s funding targets, we’re closer than ever to meeting our goal. Stay tuned for a Holiday Season Fundraiser as we look to secure the additional funding needed to provide ongoing, quality care to over 2000 Indigenous people at the Centre.

Staff Spotlights
– Get to know our folks! –

Nicole Chanway

Just one month into her new position as UIHHC Community Liaison Worker, Nicole’s busy providing outreach, support, and one-on-one connection to clients. Nicole credits her commitment to social justice and allyship to pioneering critical race scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw. In her spare time, Nicole volunteers at the WAVAW’s Rape Crisis Line.

Katrina Hydich

Born and raised in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, Katrina has spent the past decade working as a registered nurse in hospitals and clinics, raising a young child, furthering her education and experiences. She believes that “Nursing is a work of Heart” and is eager to learn from the UIHHC Elders, Board, staff and clients.

Carla Ekins

A proud Gitxsan woman from Gitanmaax (Hazelton, BC), Carla recently graduated from the Family and Community Counselling program at Native Education College. When asked about her new position as UIHHC Elders’ Assistant, Carla said it’s her “dream job” and the fact that her work “includes some crafting” makes everything “a win-win. Life is good.”

Jaye Adams

One of the UIHHC’s new patient intake workers, Jaye is a Nisga’a Citizen originally from New Aiyansh, BC. Following the teaching of his mothers, grandmothers, and numerous spiritual leaders, Jaye has made it his mission to “practice acceptance love and tolerance in my everyday interactions and to be grateful for what is.”

Past Updates

March 2018

August 2018