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Health & Wellness
Story by Jacqueline Turvey, primary care respiratory therapist  Quitting smoking can add years to your life. It improves your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, taste and smell, and has financial benefits as well.  However, as a clinician, I often remind myself that it is not my responsibility to make people quit or reduce their tobacco and nicotine use. It is my job to support individuals at all stages to achieve their goals, and for those who may not be ready for change, to let them know that I am there for them if and when they change their mind.
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Community & Culture
Name: Lauren Phillips (she/her/hers) Job Title: Interim clinical operations manager Years of Service: 10 Worksite: Hillside Centre Community: Kamloops Ancestral Territory: Secwépemc Advice to live by: Just breathe Lauren Phillips describes herself as motivated – this is why the regional tertiary coordinator recently took an interim position as the clinical operations manager at Hillside Centre, which provides psychiatric services. Her current day-to-day work includes supporting staff, psychiatrists, professionals and patients within Hillside.  “Being new to this role it’s a steep learning curve, but I have amazing support from my director, fellow MHSU managers and the staff.”
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Community & Culture
Name: Franz Huber (he/him/his) Job Title: Registered Nurse (RN) Years of Service: 25 Worksite: Rutland Community Dialysis Clinic Community: Kelowna Ancestral Territory: Syilx Okanagan Advice to live by: Work hard and be disciplined, but also have fun, and spread love and kindness Franz Huber has been a registered nurse with Interior Health (IH) for over 25 years. He moved to Canada from Austria in 1986, settling in Kelowna in 1990. Franz describes himself as a hardworking, caring, practical and "well-rounded" experienced nurse. While he is very much a self-sufficient survivalist and an environmentalist, Franz also considers himself a farmer/cowboy with a good sense of humour. 
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Health & Wellness
During the colder months it’s important to stay active and get fresh air. It’s also important to use caution in snowy or icy conditions to prevent injury from slipping or falling. You also need to be careful when shovelling your driveway.  
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Community & Culture
Name: Shannon Carver (she/her/hers) Job Title: Director, Medical Imaging Okanagan Years of Service: 25 Worksite: Penticton Regional Hospital Community: Penticton Ancestral Territory: Syilx Okanagan Favourite Quote / Advice to live by: Always try to look at the bright side of life – as staying positive is infectious. Shannon hails from a small town in Saskatchewan called Kamsack. She finds inspiration from being around energetic people and loves to travel. She also participates in a variety of indoor and outdoor sports, especially those that involve water, which is what attracted her to life in the beautiful Okanagan. Shannon and her family enjoy camping, golfing, biking, boating and wake surfing. Shannon also enjoys recreating on ice, playing competitive ladies and mixed curling. Shannon has worked with IH for 25 years and is currently the director of medical imaging for the North and South Okanagan. She was hired as a casual medical radiation technologist and worked her way up to director. Shannon’s key to success is she values a work-life balance, and spends her free time exploring parts of the world near and far with friends and family.
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Community & Culture
Name: Marilyn J. Ransome (she/her/hers) Job Title: RN - Community Integration Care Coordinator Years of Service: 10 Worksite: Lansdowne Park Mall Community: Kamloops Ancestral Territory: Secwépemc Favourite Quote / Advice to live by: “Be the reason someone smiles.” – Roy T. Bennett Marilyn Ransome is inspired by teamwork. As a community integration care coordinator (CICC)/team leader in Kamloops, the Victoria, B.C. native is responsible for the coordination of day-to-day operations and quality client care, and supports the seamless movement of clients through the health-care system and in accessing appropriate resources.  “The home health team I work with is inspiring.” When the chips are down and our backs are against the wall, this team rallies together to help each other with tenacity, perseverance and humour.”

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