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NNPBC Staff Profiles

Andrea Kirkham

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

Before coming to NNPBC, I previously worked as an Executive Assistant for a few years with the University of British Columbia, and from there I dabbled in Human Resources and recruitment in health care, retail, and finance sectors. I decided that I missed the EA work, and wanted to return to this field. I waited until I found a job posting that really spoke to me, and it happened to be NNPBC.

Why did you want to join our team?

I think that the universe set me up to find NNPBC and meet the staff at exactly the right time. I was immediately drawn to the friendliness and openness of everyone, and I enjoyed having conversations with the people who interviewed me. They brought up topics like kindness in the workplace, work-life balance, and other intrinsic benefits of a workplace that I find valuable. Since joining the team, everyone has been very welcoming, and I feel really at home.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

I have learned that this organization really values the thoughts and opinions of each individual. They listen to all feedback and encourage everyone to speak up and share their perspective. Conversations are always open, and everyone can speak up.

What's your favourite movie?

The Disney Pixar movie "Inside Out." The characters in that movie are hilarious and I even got to meet Sadness one time!

Cat or dog person?

Cat person! I have a cat at home, and his name is Leonardo DiCatrio (or Leo Bubs for short).

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I would like to see myself with a published novel and have some of my artwork displayed in a gallery. I enjoy writing fiction and publishing a book has been my lifelong goal. I also enjoy sketching, acrylic painting and watercolour art, and I would love to put together a colouring book featuring animals and plants of the Pacific Northwest. As well, there is an international art competition organized by a non-profit museum in Luxembourg that I would like to participate in! The competition is open to all emerging artists worldwide, so it may take a few years to finalize my submission piece.
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Brenda Ingram

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

I worked for many years as an Executive Assistant in mental health with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). I had been approached by the BC Nurse Practitioner Association (BCNPA) while still working to assist them temporarily. Even after I retired from PHSA my temporary assistance with BCNPA lasted eight wonderful years! I "found" NNPBC through the BCNPA connection.

Why did you want to join our team?

I like working. While with BCNPA, I worked with Alix Arndt on a number of projects and it was always a great experience. When the opportunity arose to join her at NNPBC, I was delighted.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

It has reinforced just how well a small team of people can support a larger, complex, unique group that they are committed to.

What's your favourite movie?

Casino Royale the first of the Daniel Craig James Bond movies.

Cat or dog person?

Absolutely dog.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Well in truth I hope the world will not be sideways as it is now, and I will be travelling the world and enjoying seeing new things and meeting new people.
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Kim Withers

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

Oh boy! I started in 1992 as a RN in Ontario working in an intensive pediatric unit until 2000 when my family and I moved to British Columbia. I worked as a RN until I went into management in 2008. I have had the great privilege of working with some fabulous teams in medicine, surgery, renal and ambulatory clinics. I have worked in urban and rural settings which has allowed me to flow from having every machine possible to having no equipment but making it work anyway. (Nursing pink tape can hold anything together!)

Why did you want to join our team?

I wanted a chance to promote nursing in a positive manner and provide support to nurses in the form of education, perks, support, and recognition. The extras that other professions often receive but can be overlooked for nurses. I wanted to ensure that those who are in power learn, know and understand the power of nursing.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

I have learned so much!!! The scope and geography of this province has put me in awe of the breadth of work that nurses accomplish. I have also learned that collaboration really is the best approach and with the right group of people, work can be a fantastic experience!!

What's your favourite movie?

Tough question!! Life is Beautiful for a serious great movie – guaranteed to make you cry and Clue for a not serious movie. I know I have found a kindred spirit if the person can recite "Flames….flames from the side of my head."

Cat or dog person?

Definitely cat. I enjoy a creature that can make me feel insecure about myself with just a glance.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

If I win the lottery then definitely in a coffee shop in Paris. If no lottery then I will be still trying to provide the best services for nurses in this province while still consuming copious amounts of coffee!
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Lorinda Fung

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

I worked in the high-tech industry for many years which is where I got my first exposure to full cycle accounting, project accounting and financial reporting. Later on, I moved to the field of tax accounting as well. Before I joined NNPBC I took time off to take care of my two young children. I was fortunate that NNPBC placed an ad for an accountant with my skill set and as soon as I saw it, I decided to apply. It's turned out to be a great decision and one that has allowed me to take all that I've learned in the past and apply it to a whole new industry.

Why did you want to join our team?

This team is very friendly and supportive. Even though we do not see each other five days a week (particularly during COVID!), we make the time to connect and be in touch often. I have valued the collaboration and the support we all provide for each other.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

Two brains are better than one, and three brains are even better! I've learned to take another perspective on the same situation, to see things a bit differently. Also, work-life balance is very important and while we all work hard, we definitely take the time to ensure that we’re mentally and physically well and taking the breaks we need.

What's your favourite movie?

I love "La La Land", it's a great way to enjoy music and relax.

Cat or dog person?

This is tough! I'd say 50/50 maybe? I used to have a dog when I was little but now, I think if we were to get a family pet it would be a cat.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Besides working in the accounting field, I would like to try writing music, and travel more (once restrictions are lifted of course).
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Mike Harrison

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

I've been interested in art and design from a very young age and always knew I wanted to do something in that field. When computers became more capable of doing graphics work, I found it was a perfect combination. I'd been working with health professional associations, including nursing, for many years and was able to find my way to NNPBC.

Why did you want to join our team?

I like and appreciate the freedom and creativity that working for NNPBC offers me. We've also developed such a great team that works so well and also has fun together, and that makes such a difference.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

Since I've started, I've been able to expand my skillset and also branch out in some new directions I didn't think I would, so that's been exciting. I've also learned that a small but dedicated team can achieve huge things.

What's your favourite movie?

Without a doubt, the best movie in the world is the original, 1984, Ghostbusters. For me, it's flawless.

Cat or dog person?

A thousand percent CAT!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

If the lottery ticket doesn’t win, honestly, still doing what I am doing now but with even bigger goals and projects. Also, a lot more travelling once it's safe to do so.
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Patti Telford

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

My first degree is in criminology. My career path has been a web of many things. I started off in an acute Mental Health facility working with acute admissions and then in forensics in a program to rehabilitate sexual offenders. I returned to school to train as a Registered Nurse and my nursing career took me from Long Term Care to Surgery to Intensive Care to Coronary Care as a staff nurse, educator and then administrator. After finishing a Master’s degree, I transitioned to Deloitte, a large global consulting firm. I worked on projects across Canada, the United States and Australia. I then moved into my own project manager business which is when I got introduced to ARNBC and now NNPBC.

Why did you want to join our team?

One thing I love about being a project manager is that when I work on projects that ultimately impact patient care, it is very satisfying. I also appreciated the small cohesive team that is highly dedicated to the nursing profession. Even though I have had a lot of roles in my career, I am a nurse at heart.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

A lot about Star Wars, and more importantly how committed people are to making a difference.

What's your favourite movie?

So many. Most recent - Most Wanted. It is a movie about a Canadian man that was set up by the RCMP to take the fall for being a drug smuggler and was sentenced to 100 years in a Thai prison. The reporter in the movie is portraying Victor Malarek from CTVs W5.

Cat or dog person?

Either.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I don't plan that far ahead anymore. Taking life one season at a time.
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Andreirkham

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

Itealth.

Why did you want to join our team?

Iwasroles.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

Leadingndings.

What's your favourite movie?

Feelingiscouraging.

Cat or dog person?

Learnatients.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Youortunities.

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What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

My first degree is in criminology. My career path has been a web of many things. I started off in an acute Mental Health facility working with acute admissions and then in forensics in a program to rehabilitate sexual offenders. I returned to school to train as a Registered Nurse and my nursing career took me from Long Term Care to Surgery to Intensive Care to Coronary Care as a staff nurse, educator and then administrator. After finishing a Master's degree, I transitioned to Deloitte, a large global consulting firm. I worked on projects across Canada, the United States and Australia. I then moved into my own project manager business which is when I got introduced to ARNBC and now NNPBC.

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Why did you want to join our team?

One thing I love about being a project manager is that when I work on projects that ultimately impact patient care, it is very satisfying. I also appreciated the small cohesive team that is highly dedicated to the nursing profession. Even though I have had a lot of roles in my career, I am a nurse at heart.

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What have you learned so far from the organization?

A lot about Star Wars, and more importantly how committed people are to making a difference.

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What's your favourite movie?

So many. Most recent – Most Wanted. It is a movie about a Canadian man that was set up by the RCMP to take the fall for being a drug smuggler and was sentenced to 100 years in a Thai prison. The reporter in the movie is portraying Victor Malarek from CTVs W5.

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Cat or dog person?

Either.

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Where do you see yourself in five years

I don’t plan that far ahead anymore. Taking life one season at a time.