We Are IH: Indigenous engagement lead brings people together

June 20, 2024
Nicole with her partner Aaron and their dog Sage.

Name: Nicole Taylor-Sterritt (she/her)
Job Title: Lead, Indigenous Engagement
Years of Service: 2
Worksite: Kelowna CHSC
Community: Syilx (Okanagan) territory
Ancestral Territory: Syilx Nation
Favourite Quote / Advice to live by: "Do all things with love."

Born and raised in the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh territory, what’s known as Vancouver, B.C., and now residing in the unceded Syilx territory in Kelowna, Nicole Taylor-Sterritt is of mixed heritage and a proud member of the Kispiox Band of the Gitxsan Nation.

Nicole loves to be around people and is the kind of person who invites everyone over to gather at the end of the day to hang out. On two separate occasions, her cousin and an Elder told her that she is "the one who brings people together" – a title she embraces with pride; so much so, from 2016-2021 she worked as an event planner.

In 2018, Nicole and her mom co-founded the Indigenous Women's Leadership Summit, which opened her up to a world where she could work to better the lives of her Indigenous community, and in a roundabout way led her to her job now at Interior Health (IH)!

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