Sept 12, 2019 – Aboriginal Patient Navigators with Vancouver Coastal Health

The Aboriginal Patient Navigators are part of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Aboriginal Health team and work in the acute care sites.   The team will be talking about their roles in the hospital setting as part of the acute care team.  They will discuss how they provide not only traditional and cultural support to Indigenous patients and their families while in care but also speak to their mandate to educate and mentor acute care staff on what culturally safe care looks like and how to make it an integral part of their individual everyday practice.

Thank you for everyone’s interest and participation,

this session’s Video is now available for viewing!

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest in our events.

We would like to reiterate that everyone is welcome to our UBCLC sessions.

Our events aim to embody a safe space for everyone of all different backgrounds to have their opinions and voices equally heard.

Date: Thursday, Sept 12th, 2019 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.
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Thank you Colleen, Jessica and Deni for sharing your hard work of being an Aboriginal Patient Navigator!

About the Presenters:

Colleen Stewart

Colleen Stewart is an Aboriginal Patient Navigator with Vancouver Coastal Health.  She is from the Skwah First Nation in Chilliwack and grew up in Metro Vancouver.  She holds a MSW – Indigenous Specialisation, from the University of Victoria.  In her spare time she is a dance student.

Jessica Lutwick

Jessica is from the Stl’atl’imx Nation and a proud mother of a 12 year old daughter.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and plans to enroll in a master’s program soon.

Jessica has worked VCH as an Aboriginal Patient Navigator for 6 years  and the role has evolved and changed over the years from outreach to now being completely hospital based to support and educate staff when working with Indigenous patients. She also provides cultural support to Indigenous patients.


Deni Wallace

Deni Wallace has been with the Aboriginal Health team as an Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) for the past four years and comes to us from the Lil’wat First Nation in Mount Currie, a community within Stalim’x Nation just outside the town of Pemberton BC. Before joining the team, Deni completed his Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree from both the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the Thompson River University, with a strong focus on Aboriginal based Social Work taught by First Nations and Metis Instructors.




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