Indigenous Liaison Nurses

Indigenous Liaison Nurses (ILNs) can advocate on your behalf, helping you access referrals, benefit information and more with ease.

Indigenous Liaison Nurses can help

  • access non-insured health benefits as needed
  • access to the All Nations' Healing Room in the Patient Care Centre
  • discharge planning and communication with community contacts
  • get a hardship parking pass for one family member 
  • refer you to community services 
  • refer you to Spiritual Health as requested
  • support for you and your family during a hospital stay 
  • understand health care issues 

As an Indigenous patient, you have a right to

  • ask questions about your health care
  • be acknowledged as an individual
  • be cared for in a respectful, dignified and culturally safe manner by health care professionals
  • be consulted and actively participate in decisions about your health care
  • freedom from verbal, physical and sexual abuse, or neglect
  • get a second opinion from another doctor
  • privacy and confidentiality of your health information
  • request access to the information in your health record
  • refuse to have students, residents and other training present during your appointment or examination
  • refuse treatment, unless you have a serious communicable disease that could harm other people such as TB or Syphilis

General Information on Indigenous Liaison Nurses

Referral Required?
Not required
Contact Us

North Island

Alert Bay 

Namgis Health Centre

Teliah Vollick
Phone: 250-974-5522 ext. 2184
Cell: 250-974-8314
Fax: 250-974-2698
Email: teliah.vollick@namgis.bc

Campbell River 

Nadine Kruger, ILN
Phone: 250-286-7100 ext. 67305 
Cell: 250-830-8865
Fax: 250-286-7177


Laurel Anderson, ILN
Phone: 250-331-5900 ext. 65308
Cell:  250-650-5714

Emily Mark, Weekend ILN
Phone: 250-331-5900 ext. 65308
Cell: 250-527-0139

Mt. Waddington

Port Hardy Hospital

Benedict Leonard, ILN
C/O Port Hardy Health Unit / Port Hardy Hospital
Cell: 250-713-4549
Phone: 250-902-6011 ext. 66985
Fax: 250-902-6030

Violet Alfred, IPN (Thursday to Tuesday, 11 - 7 p.m.)
Cell: 250-702-5614
Fax: 250-902-6030

Central Island

Nanaimo Hospital

Louise Dexter, ILN (Friday to Sunday)
Phone: 250-755-7691 ext. 52095
Cell: 250-741-4234
Fax: 250-755-3361

Joanne van Engelsdorp (Monday to Thursday)
Phone: 250-755-7691 ext. 52095
Cell: 250-883-3010
Fax: 250-755-3361

Miranda Borrelli, ILN, NRGH ED
Cell: 250-713-8184

Port Alberni

West Coast General Hospital

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Deb Melvin, LPN / Claudette Lucas, LPN
4 rotating 4 days on, 4 days off with Claudette Lucas 
Phone: 250-723-1390 ext. 48109
Cell: 250-735-4319
Fax: 250-731-1342
Email: or

Linda Smith, LPN
Nurse Navigator
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Phone: 250-724-5757 ext. 280
Cell: 250-731-5392

Becki Nookemis, BA
Client Navigator
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Phone: 250-724-5757 ext. 264
Cell: 250-735-3033

Tofino General Hospital

April Nelson, CTN (Sunday to Wednesday)
Alishia Vandrimmelen, CTN (Wednesday to Saturday)
Phone: 250-725-4010 ext. 64143

Cowichan District Hospital

Danny Pasichnyk, CTN, (Thursday to Monday, 11 - 7 p.m.)
Phone: 250-727-2030 ext. 45682
Cell: 250-589-8256
Fax: 250-709-3038

South Island

Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Jane Fox, RN BScN
Phone: 250-652-7590 ext. 27590
Cell: 778-677-0774
Fax: 250-652-7547

Lucia Bartleman, IPN
Cell: 250-217-6407

Victoria General Hospital

Monique Pat, RPN
Phone: 250-519-5300 ext. 15479
Cell:  250-480-8333
Fax: 250-519-1524

Cody Kirkpatrick, ILN (Saturday to Monday)
Phone: 250-727-4543
Cell: 250-217-0934
Fax: 250-519-1524

Royal Jubilee Hospital

Selina Bickle, ILN
Phone: 250-370-8847 x18447
Cell: 250-580-4922

Catherine Condy, ILN (Saturday to Monday)
Phone: 250-519-1905 ext. 11905
Cell: 250-580-3920
Fax: 250-519-1524

Candice Trudel, ILN (Float)
Cell: 250-508-6268
Fax: 250-519-1524

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