Indigenous Health Program Contacts

We work together with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to maintain and improve the health of Indigenous people living on Vancouver Island and surrounding areas.

Penny Cooper - SI Director

Penelope.Cooper@viha.ca
250-370-8965
Fax: 250-370-8200

Dr. Troy McLeod - Medical Director

Troy.McLeod@viha.ca
250-737-2607 ext. 45747

Averil Henderson, Admin Assistant

averil.henderson@viha.ca
250-331-8582
Fax: 250-331-8513

Michelle Gauthier, Contracts Assistant

250-755-7691 ext. 57571

North Island Team

c/o Campbell River General 
375-2nd Ave
Campbell River, B.C.
V9W 3V1

Michelle McClain, NI Manager - Campbell River
250-286-7100 ext. 67304

  • Nicole James Indigenous Liaison Nurse - Alert Bay
    250-974-7126
  • Nadine Kruger, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - Campbell River
    250-830-8865
  • Jessie Newman, Dietitian - Campbell River
    250-286-7100 ext. 67306
  • Laurel Anderson, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - Comox
    250-650-5714
  • Emily Mark, Indigenous Liaison Nurse (weekends) - Comox
    250-650-5714
  • Lisa Greer, Nurse Practitioner - Port Hardy
    250-230-1100
  • Benedict Leonard, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - Port Hardy
    250-902-6011 ext 66985
  • Alex Jules, Indigenous Wellness Liaison - Courtenay
    250-331-8582 ext 68595
  • Fran Prince, Elder in Residence - Comox 
    250-202-9621
  • Sheryl Thompson, Elder in Residence - Campbell River
    250-203-9631

Central Island Team

c/o Indigenous Health
528 Wentworth St
Nanaimo, B.C.
V9R 3E4

Mary Knox, CI Manager - Nanaimo
250-755-7691 ext. 57572

  • Helen Dunlop, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - Duncan
    250-709-8204
  • Joanne Van Engelsdorp, Indigenous Liaison Nurse (Sun-Tues) - Nanaimo
    250-755-7691 ext 52095
  • Carla Young, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - Nanaimo
    250-755-7691 ext 52095
  • Deb Melvin, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - Port Alberni
    250-735-4319
  • Gerri Thomas, Indigenous Liaison Nurse (Weekends) - Port Alberni
    250-735-4319
  • Leslie Cerney, Nurse Navigator - Port Alberni
    250-731-5392
  • April Nelson, Care Transitions Liaison Nurse - Tofino
    250-725-4010 ext 64143
  • Cynthia Fitton, Care Transitions Liaison Nurse - Tofino
    250-725-4010 ext 64143
  • Valerie Jefferd, Nurse Practitioner  
    250-510-4759
    • Cowichan Tribes:  Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre - Slhexun Sun'ts'a' Clinic
    • Halalt Lyackson Health Unit
    • Penelakut Health Centre 

South Island Team

c/o Indigenous Health 
RJH Memorial Pavillion, WW-320, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, B8R 1J8

Grant Robinson, SI Manager - Victoria
250-519-1831 ext 11831

  • Yula Stevens - Administrative Support
    250-370-8914
  • Simi Ono, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - RJH
    250-812-1464
  • Cathy Condy, Indigenous Liaison Nurse (Weekends) - RJH
    250-519-1905
  • Monique Pat, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - VGH
    250-480-8333
  • Cody Kirkpatrick, Indigenous Liaison Nurse (Weekends) - VGH
    250-217-0934
  • Jane Fox, Indigenous Liaison Nurse - SPH 
    778-677-0774
  • Judith Atkin, Diabetes Nurse Educator
    250-370-8111 ext. 13773
  • Jennifer Irvine, Nurse Practitioner - Pauquachin, Tsartlip
    250-580-9364
  • Colby Staff, Nurse Practitioner, Tsartlip
    778-678-7818
  • Kelly Sharp, Nurse Practitioner - Tsawout, Tseycum
    250-652-1149, ext. 207
  • Amanda Henry, Dietitian
    250-370-8258
  • Michelle Mundy, Cultural Safety Facilitator, Victoria
    250-619-1172 (ON LEAVE)
  • Fiona Devereaux, Cultural Safety Facilitator, Victoria
    250-216-5251 (ON LEAVE)
  • Oonagh O’Connor, Cultural Safety Facilitator – Comox Valley
    250-218-6560 (ON LEAVE)

News & Events

People unveiling a truth and reconciliation plaque.

Island Health Magazine Fall 2021

Read articles on building resilience in children; how loneliness impacts health; tips and recipes for healthy to-go lunches; information about IBD and a feature about patient partners.

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Begbie hall plaque removal

Taking action towards Reconciliation at Island Health

Leah Collins, Board Chair, discusses taking action towards reconciliation at Island Health with the delivery of an Indigenous specific action plan and with the removal of the name Begbie from a building at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

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Large red letters that spell "Emergency" in front of an emergency department

Island Health asks for public’s assistance in appropriate emergency department use

Island Health is asking people to do their part to ensure our hospital emergency departments can continue to meet the care needs of patients experiencing medical emergencies.

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