We Are IH: Helping Aboriginal people navigate health-care system

June 2, 2022

Name: Jacqueline Mattice (she/her)
Job Title: Aboriginal Patient Navigator 
Years of Service: 1
Worksite: Cariboo Memorial Hospital
Community: Williams Lake
Ancestral Territory: Secwépemc
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Jacqueline Mattice was born in Lillooet and raised in the small community of Shalalth. She is one of eight children raised by the strength and dedication of her single mother. Jacqueline has a great sense of humour. She is kind, friendly and humble.

Her work with Elders as a human resource assistant led Jacqueline to apply to the social work program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

“I knew at that time I wanted to assist Aboriginal people,” she says. Jacqueline completed her fourth year practicum at Royal Inland Hospital with Aboriginal Patient Navigator Deb Donald. “She taught me so much in my three months at RIH.”

Jacqueline joined the Cariboo Memorial Hospital team as an Aboriginal Patient Navigator last June.

“From the first day [the team] made me feel welcome and everyone goes above and beyond when I need assistance,” she says. 

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