Patty Belda is a family doctor in Prince George, BC. She entered medicine with a Master’s of Science in Immunology, and international development work in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She completed her medical training at McMaster University and family medicine residency at the University of British Columbia. 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.
Margaret R Coyle is the Primary Health Care Coordinator at Central Interior Native Health Society in Prince George serving Aboriginal and other marginalised populations. Prior to this position she was a Nurse Clinician at the clinic. She has worked for 20 years in the Northern Health Region, Nursing in the Maternity/LDR department of PGRH and teaching in the Health Sciences Department. at the College of New Caledonia. She trained in Glasgow, Scotland and has worked in many areas from Paediatric Neurosurgery to Gerontology. She immigrated to Canada 21 years ago with her husband and five children. She is the singer and manager of the Celtic band Out of Alba and is President of The Prince George Celtic Club.
Anne Drost is a Nurse Clinician and Manager of Community Health Services at Victoria Cool Aid Society. Anne has been a community nurse for 23 years and has worked in home care in both Victoria and Toronto, in remote First Nations reserves, as a street nurse, and for the past 11 years at Cool Aid Community Health Centre, an inner city primary health care centre in Victoria. Most clients Anne works with are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and struggle with mental health and addiction issues.
Irene Haigh-Gidora is Manager of Community Health Services, Victoria Cool Aid Society. Irene has worked for over 30 years with the homeless and marginalized population in community health settings in Winnipeg and Victoria. Irene manages the Cool Aid Community Health Centre which includes a Health Clinic and Dental Clinic employing 37 multidisciplinary staff, including seven doctors, advanced practice nurses, pharmacist, nutritionist, addictions counsellors, dentist, and dental hygienist who provide assessment, treatment, counselling and referrals to the downtown street population. Irene also manages Cool Aid’s REES Network (Resources, Education, Employment & Support) and Community Casual Labour Pool, which partner with mental health consumers to provide life skill and employment services and opportunities to aid clients in managing their mental illness.