We Are IH: Emergency nurse survives cancer, supports donor drive

May 23, 2024
Joel poses in front of Twin Falls on the way to Hanna, Maui, a trip he took in April 2024. He likes to stay active and enjoys water sports.

Name: Joel Koette (he/him/his)
Job Title: Emergency department registered nurse (RN)
Years of Service: 5
Worksite: Kelowna General Hospital
Community: Kelowna
Ancestral Territory: Syilx
Favourite Quote / Advice to live by: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.” – Brad Meltzer

Born and raised in Prince George, Joel has always been high energy, active and confident. With his bubbly, effervescent personality, he loves making people laugh and smile. “I try to stay positive, be grateful and have fun at work,” he says.

When in early 2018 he started to feel extremely fatigued, he put it down to having taken on too much. “I was working full time as a licensed practical nurse, and going to school full time as a mature student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UBCO,” he recalls. “My doctor at the time ran some bloodwork and called me that evening to come into his office.

“The next day he told me I had cancer.”

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