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Health & Wellness
We’re exploring one of our most important natural resources: water. In part 1 of this two-part series, Do you know where your drinking water comes from?, we shared resources about our water operators and suppliers, and how to find out if you water is under an advisory. In this story, discover how you can take care of your water supply and prepare for the spring and summer ahead.
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Community & Culture
Name: Christopher Russell (he/him/his)Job Title: Leadership & Organization Development ConsultantYears of Service: 2.5Worksite: Community Health & Services CentreCommunity: KelownaAncestral Territory: Syilx/OkanaganFavourite Quote / Advice to live by: “Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rometty, “All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller A calm, empathetic and imaginative change management professional, Chris Russell is passionate about working in public service, and supporting the growth and development of others. From inspiring folks to see new career possibilities through facilitating workshops and development sessions, to being involved in the launch of the Change Leadership and Change Management programs and Interior Health (IH) Change Framework, Chris is a valuable resource as IH navigates change, big and small.
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Community & Culture
The Interior Health Employee Experience team recently sat down with Lee Chmilar, admin for psychiatry in Kelowna mental health & substance use, to learn a bit more about Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) and their journey at IH thus far.
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Community & Culture
Interior Health is dedicated to both fostering talent and advancing environmental sustainability— making work-integrated learning a win-win. Learn more from our very own Amanda Mckenzie, manager of environmental sustainability, and Avery Schneider, environmental sustainability intern.
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Health & Wellness, Research & Innovation
When you take a drink of water, shower, water your garden or wash your car, have you ever paused to think about the journey your water takes from the source to your taps? If you’re among tens of thousands of people in the Interior region who rely on the city for your water supply, it’s easy to take for granted we have access to safe, clean drinking water. On the other hand, if you’re on a small water system, you likely have a more intimate knowledge about who provides and treats your water. You might be surprised to know the Interior is home to close to 2,000 permitted water system providers and operators – a person or organization that supplies and/or treats water. Some water system operators supply water to as few as a half dozen homes or an RV park. Cities like Kelowna and Kamloops provide water to tens of thousands of residents. 
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Community & Culture
Name: Kris Scott (he/him/his)Job Title: Formulary coordinator, pharmacy servicesYears of Service: 7Worksite: Kelowna CHSC (and home office)Community: West KelownaAncestral Territory: Syilx/OkanaganFavourite Quote / Advice to live by: “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” -Mark Twain From the time your health-care provider writes you a prescription in hospital to the time your nurse provides it to you, there’s an intricate process that takes place, one which is always evolving. One of the people helping guide this process is Kris Scott, formulary coordinator for Interior Health pharmacy services. “I'm passionate about quality improvement,” says Kris, who was born and raised in Prince Rupert, B.C. “Having the opportunity to work as a pharmacist in a unique regional role provides me with almost daily opportunities to contribute to system changes that can improve efficiencies for our IH pharmacy teams in supporting patient care. "At the end of the day, it's really being able to have a positive impact on patient care that inspires me and the work I do.”


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