We are IH: Sheila West

February 4, 2022

Sheila West has worked as a Patient Ambassador at Gillis House in Merritt for the last six months, but her history with the long-term care facility reaches back much further. 

She started at Gillis House as a cook three-and-a-half years ago, and both her father and mother spent their final years there. 

“I truly enjoy interacting with the residents and their visitors,” says Sheila. “And I love bringing a smile to their faces whenever I can.”

Some of her fondest memories are the reactions from residents to the personal touch she gave to meals and special occasion teas. 

“I always keep busy and do my job to the best of my ability as well as helping others whenever I can.”

Sheila stays active outside of her work life, too. She loves to go metal detecting and magnet fishing and enjoys sewing and baking. She is looking forward to retiring someday, but says, “not too soon as I love my job!”

Proud parents of three, grandparents to 11 and great grandparents to three, Sheila and her husband just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.

We are IH is a recognition campaign to spotlight Interior Health employees and medical staff – through pictures and stories.

Name: Sheila Anne West

Job Title: Patient Ambassador

Years of Service: 3.5

Worksite: Gillis House

Community: Merritt

Ancestral Territory: Syilx

Favourite Quote: Treat everyone with respect and kindness.


Sheila’s nomination of Patricia (Patty) Ironstand keeps the We Are IH loop going: 

“Patty is calm and professional in all situations and never hesitates to step in to help others if needed.” - Sheila West 



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