Sharon Torgerson

Shannon Torgerson

Vice President - People, Knowledge, Practice& Chief Nurse

As Vice President - People, Knowledge, Practice & Chief Nurse, Sharon provides strategic leadership to promote employee and medical staff engagement in order to achieve excellence in health and care.  Sharon’s role encompasses responsibility and accountability for Human Resources, Occupational Health & Safety and Organizational Development in Island Health. Under Sharon’s leadership, the People portfolio engages volunteers, employees and medical staff to achieve superior clinical quality and service excellence.

Sharon has over 25 years of progressive leadership experience across both public and private sectors.  She joined Island Health in the Spring of 2018 as Interim Director HR Client Services. Sharon brings with her a wealth of senior and executive leadership in the BC health system, including oversight of Human Resources, Privacy and Access to Information and Stakeholder Engagement programs.

Sharon started her career as a Registered Nurse graduating from Foothills School of Nursing in Calgary, Alberta. As a lifelong learner she pursued her post-basic certificate in Mental Health Nursing from Mount Royal College and then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria. Sharon’s passion for people drew her to Human Resources and was her motivation to complete a Masters in Continuing Education with a speciality in Workplace Learning from the University of Calgary.


Sharon is also acting on an interim basis as Chief Nursing Officer, Chief of Professional Practice, Learning & Performance Support, and Clinical Informatics.


To contact Sharon, please call her assistant.

Tiffany Burgess