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International Women's Day 2022: #BreakTheBias


In honour of International Women's Day — Tuesday, March 8 — we're highlighting just a few of the thousands of incredible women who help us deliver exceptional care at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Read about the stories below, visit the VCH medical staff news and see more photos on our VCH Instagram and Facebook channels. 

This year's IWD theme is Break the Bias. Posing with arms crossed in solidarity shows commitment to challenge inequality, call out gender bias, question stereotypes and help forge an inclusive world.

Women of VCH: Carrie Willekes, Manager, Minoru Residence

For Carrie Willekes, working in a long-term care home is not just about providing excellent resident-driven care to older adults, it's also about creating a home-like environment for residents, families and staff.

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Women of VCH: Indigenous Patient Experience Team

The team continues to grow and is composed of Indigenous nurse educators, Indigenous patient navigators and Indigenous patient care quality liaisons who work to support both Indigenous patients and their care teams in providing culturally safe health care across VCH.

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Salima Noormohamed, Regional Leader of Physician Engagement and Program Development and Diversity Champion

Salima Noormohamed brings experiences as a key leader for driving medical staff initiatives related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), particularly advocating for women physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives and through her support on DEI committee and working groups to her role as Regional Leader of Physician Engagement and Program Development at VCH. 

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Kristen Pranzl, Operations Lead, Deaf Well Being Program

As a deaf person, Kristen Pranzl is always challenging and breaking biases in all aspects of her life and she carries this approach with her as Operations Lead for Vancouver Coastal Health's Deaf Well Being Program that provides mental health and wellbeing services to a minority population often facing barriers in accessing health care. 

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Dr. Fern von der Porten, Emergency Physician

Imagine getting to live and work in one of the most beautiful yet rugged destinations in the world, while also helping others. This is the reality for Dr. Fern von der Porten, Emergency Physician and Medical Director of the Whistler Health Care Centre (WHCC) and avid ski patroller.

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