Additional Knowledge Users:
- Olive Godwin
- Beth Jackson
- Doreen Littlejohn
- Natasha Prodan-Bhalla
Elizabeth Whynot, who moved to BC from Ontario in 1972, is a medical doctor with experience as a family practitioner, public health officer and hospital administrator.
- She received her MD from Queen’s University in 1972, and a Masters in Health Science from UBC in 1992.
- As a family practitioner, she worked in both community-based clinics and private practice and was Co-founder of the Vancouver Sexual Assault Service.
- From 1990- 1998, she was the Medical Health Officer for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, working alongside community agencies to address the issues of poverty, addictions, HIV and mental illness.
- As the leader of BC Women’s Hospital from 2000-2008, she was responsible for provincial strategies to improve women’s health and access to maternity care as well as the Provincial Health Authority’s Aboriginal Health Plan and HIV Strategy.
- She currently works as a locum physician in Vancouver and as a health consultant.
Cheryl Ward is Kwaguilth from Northern Vancouver Island and has been the Provincial Lead of the PHSA Indigenous Cultural Competency Training since 2008.
- Cheryl is an experienced instructor, curriculum writer and e-learning developer with a focus on Indigenous-specific racism, social justice education, racial identity development, cross-racial facilitation dynamics, and decolonizing anti-racism work.
Murry Krause is the Executive Director of the Central Interior Native Health Society, a position he has held for the past 17 years.
- Prior to holding this position he was the Executive Director of the Prince George United Way for 13 years, specializing in non-profit sector management and governance.
- He is in his 5th term as a City Councillor with the City of Prince George and his council assignments have been primarily in the areas of social and health innovation.
- He is also a Director at Large on the Union of BC Municipalities Executive and Chairs the First Nations Relations Committee and is a member of the Healthy Communities Committee, taking responsibility for the Child Poverty initiative with the Ministry of Children and Family Development on behalf of the UBCM.
- A lifelong commitment to social justice and equity has sustained his motivation.
Patricia (Patty) Belda is a family doctor in Prince George, BC.
- Completed Master’s of Science in Immunology, and international development work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Completed her medical training at McMaster and family medicine residency at UBC.
- She is currently the medical lead at the Central Interior Native Health Society.
- Patty also works at the Unattached Patient Clinic and as clinical faculty at the medical school and family medicine residency program.
- She has completed the University of British Columbia Clinician Scholar Program looking at improving HIV care in Northern BC.