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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 recently completed the University of British Columbia Clinician Scholar Program looking at improving HIV care in Northern BC.

Julie George (Co-Investigator) is an Ojibway mother of four from the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation.

  • She recently completed her dissertation employing Indigenous methodologies. As part of her doctoral research on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), she worked in partnership with her community to develop a violence prevention and intervention program that includes a sustainable healing and support program.
  • Currently, as a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Julie is working with First Nations communities to adapt and implement the Researching Health in Ontario Communities (RHOC) project – a multidisciplinary research program that seeks to improve understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health, substance use and violence (MSV) problems in communities across Ontario.
  • She previously coordinated the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS) in four of the South West Area Health Board (SWAHB) First Nations, 
  • Julie currently sits on the Mnaasged Child & Family Services Board of Directors. 

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.

Leslie Varley is a member of the Gisk’asst (Killer Whale) clan of the Nisga’a Nation, and holds the feast (formal) name, T-an de’entkwhl allugigat (One who Leads the People).

  • She is the Director for Aboriginal Health for Provincial Health Services Authority, a collection of tertiary care agencies providing services within British Columbia. Her role is to collaboratively work to improve health outcomes, and access to health services for Aboriginal people in BC.
  • Leslie and her team have led the development of two important programs: the PHSA Indigenous Cultural Competency Training with a target of training 100,000 health care workers in the Province of British Columbia, and Cuystwi, an indigenous youth wellness program.
  • Leslie is currently part of the first ever indigenous cohort of the Aboriginal Executive Masters in Business Administration at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University.

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. 

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.

Additional Knowledge Users:

  • Olive Godwin 
  • Beth Jackson
  • Doreen Littlejohn
  • Natasha Prodan-Bhalla