Meet the team

Jeffrey Knight, Simulation Technologist

Jeffrey provides technical support for the Centre, maintains the equipment and provides operational training. Jeffrey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificates in Electronics and Networking. He has been supporting medical education since 2006 with the Island Medical Program and various provincial simulation initiatives. Jeffrey can be reached at

Anna Macdonald, Manager

Anna runs day-to-day operations, coordinates research, and makes sure that the Centre is performing to the best of its capabilities. Anna is originally from New Zealand, and has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Victoria. Anna has been involved in medical education for a number of years and believes that the simulation centre is an excellent tool for undergraduate nursing and medical students as well as for continuing education within Island Health. Anna can be reached at

Darin Abbey, Director

On behalf of the three partners, Darin’s role is to assure that the Centre’s mission and values are reflected in the work that we do. As an Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Educator, Darin has galvanized his career around a passion for excellence in resuscitation, and an ongoing commitment to assuring improved clinician and patient outcomes. Central to this work is the belief that in healthcare, communication matters, and is best viewed as procedure that can be enhanced through consideration and simulation. Darin can be reached at

Jack Sjostrom, Simulation Support

Jack is responsible for scheduling and booking of simulation space and equipment as well as all of the administrative support for the Centre. Jack is originally from Sweden and has a background in nursing. Jack can be reached at

Tamara Young, Clinical Nurse Educator, Simulation (Island Health Simulation Program)

Tamara works to increase simulation capacity in Island Health by supporting the training and ongoing practice of simulation facilitators. She also provides educational consultation, collaborates with departments across the region to utilize simulation education, and assists programs with the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of simulation efforts up and down the island. Tamara can be reached at


CICSL is a three way partnership between Island Health, the UBC Faculty of Medicine Island Medical Program, and the University of Victoria School of Nursing. The Governance Committee is made up of representatives from the three organizations:

Krista Allan, Chief Nursing Officer, Island Health

Dr. Bruce Wright, Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Helga Hallgrimsdottir, Dean of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria


2nd Floor, Coronation Annex
Royal Jubilee Hospital
1952 Bay St
Victoria, B.C.
V8R 1J8

RJH map
CICSL floor plan

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