We Are IH: Admin services manager’s staff give her confidence

January 11, 2024
Marie, husband Shane, Rory (in the red sweater) and Aaron pose with Santa.

Name: Marie Vajda (she/her/hers)
Job Title: Administrative Services Manager
Years of Service: 6
Worksite: Penticton Health Centre  
Community: South Okanagan 
Ancestral Territory: Syilx
Favourite Quote / Advice to live by: “Don't stress. Take it one email, one request and one day at a time.” And “sorry—my crystal ball is broken!”

After working in retail supervision and management for 10 years, Marie found herself at a junction when the company she was working for closed. 

After going back to school, she found a job as a medical office assistant in a busy North Vancouver office. When her husband’s work took them to Prince George, she found a job as a medical software tester and trainer.

Six years later, in 2017, the Vadja family moved to Penticton, where Marie found a position in administration at the Penticton Health Centre. What started out as a casual role became a permanent position. She was promoted to supervisor, then manager, administrative services.

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