Hosts Ermeritus
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Vanessa Mitchell, Host Emeritus
 
Vanessa is an Okanagan woman, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, and mother. Her passions are advocating for Indigenous families and building relationships within the institutions that serve them. Vanessa’s had the opportunity to work within both urban and on-reserve Aboriginal organizations with youth, elders, leadership, and grassroots’ peoples and initiatives.
 
She often reflects upon health equity, politics of distraction, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous research, and what she calls the (lost) art of visiting.
When she is not at work she can be found walking in the beauty of nature to reconnect and recharge, or with her family and loved ones. Vanessa was born and raised in the traditional territory of her people, the Okanagan.
 

Sheila Lewis, Host Emeritus

Sheila Lewis is Plains Cree and Skeetchestn and lives in the Central Okanagan. During her time with IH, Sheila served as an IH Practice Lead with Aboriginal Mental Wellness in the Mental Health & Substance Use department. She has transitioned to a role with Métis Nation British Columbia as the provincial women's manager.
 
Sheila came to Interior Health from community and nation based Indigenous non-profits. She has been privileged to be a leader in Outreach Services, Housing Services, and Mental Health Services for urban and on-reserve Aboriginal populations.
 
Sheila loves working in teams and enjoys work that centres on knowledge sharing, transfer, and translation. Personally, Sheila is an avid swimmer with a goal to do Swim Across the Lake and Rattlesnake Swim and has a goal to experience as many BC hiking trails as possible.
 
Kris Murray, Host Emeritus
 
During Kris' time with the podcast, she served as a Practice Lead with the Aboriginal Health Team. Kris is a Métis woman and a strong, passionate advocate for Métis health. She has experience working in First Nation school health, nutrition policy, and spent her time before Interior Health at the Ministry of Health in Alberta working in Aboriginal Health policy. Kris now leads the Rural and Remote Aboriginal Framework for IH.
 
She loves to talk health equity, politics, and community-based participatory research... so yeah, elevator rides in her company are awesome.
In her time outside of work Kris enjoys cycling and running, either away from bears or towards a glass of red wine. She lives in the East Kootenays, on the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation.
 
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