March 3rd, 2022 – Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership Program (IHALP): 2022 Information Session

Join us for the 2022 Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership Program information session! Lean about the IHALP certificate program that is designed to support Indigenous organizations and communities to build strength-based, holistic programming that promotes health and wellbeing. Lean about Indigenous communities and their own measures for success and unique cultural and geographical needs. Ask questions, hear about alumnus experiences, and chat directly with course instructors so see if this program is right for you. This session will be recorded, please sign up even if you can’t make it so that we can email you the link to the recording at at later time. This is a collaboration event with UBC Extended Learning. Learn more about iHALP here: CEIH website.

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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, March 3rd 2022 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: internet webinar

About the Presenters:


Elder Victor Guerin

Victor Guerin is a member of the Musqueam First Nation and speaker of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the Musqueam dialect of the Central Coast Salish language. He is past coordinator of the Musqueam Language and Culture Program. Other past positions of employment include commercial fisherman, cultural researcher and tour guide at UBC Museum of Anthropology and longshoreman.

In his free time over the course of his life he has worked with elders from his own and sister communities learning about the cultural beliefs and traditions of his people including oral history, traditional narratives, songs and dances. Armed with this knowledge, he has worked for some 30 years through public engagement to promote a public profile for the Musqueam Community.


Melanie Rivers, Tiyaltelwet, BA, PID, MPH, EXAT, is from the Squamish First Nation

Melanie Rivers (Tiyaltelwet), BA, PID, MPH, EXAT is Coast Salish from the Squamish Nation. She develops curriculum for Indigenous programming with the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, and is a Community Expressive Arts consultant.

Melanie has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of culturally appropriate Indigenous health education and policy at the provincial level. She was program lead and educator at the BC Centre for Disease Control Chee Mamuk program, and worked as a senior policy advisor at the First Nations Health Authority. Her areas of focus have included cultural safety and humility, harm reduction, traditional healing and wellness, strategic policy development, HIV/AIDS and health human resources.

In addition to her degrees, Melanie holds a provincial instructor’s diploma from Vancouver Community College, and trained as an Expressive Arts Therapist at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts.



Sonja Schneider is a Squamish Nation member, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw.

Sonja is currently completing her Diploma in Health Care Management. She graduated from the UBC Certificate in Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Program (renamed Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership Program) in February 2020. Sonja is honoured to have experienced the program because it helped shape her to actively and endlessly contribute to culture, community and healthy practices. Sonja is known to work with passion and loyalty for her community while consistently seeking lasting holistic ways and solutions to better the community’s health care experience.

When not busy at work, Sonja enjoys walks in nature and spending time with family. She feels when she is outdoors she learns more about what’s important in life because nature holds all the answers when you stop and ponder and smell the beauty.


Cynthia Tam, UBC Extended Learning Senior Program Assistant

Cynthia works with Career and Professional Programs leaders to coordinate and deliver online and in-person programs. She provides administrative and communications support for the instructional team and for students, with an eye to streamlining processes and policies to effectively deliver Extended Learning programming. With more than 15 years’ experience in adult education and administration, Cynthia has a service-oriented mindset and is focused on meeting learners’ needs.


Karen Rolston, UBC Extended Learning – Director, Careers and Professional Programs

Karen Rolston oversees the development and delivery of UBC Extended Learning’s (ExL) educational offerings for mid-career learners. She focuses on creating valuable, meaningful educational opportunities that support and enrich people’s careers and professional transitions. A member of the ExL Management Team, she works with ExL’s educational programmers, and liaises with community and campus partners to develop online and on-campus programs that are relevant, flexible and accessible. Karen is passionate about creating inclusive, thriving, engaged and respectful workplaces, and enjoys exploring those themes at ExL, and with staff and faculty across UBC as a certified internal organizational coach with Coaching @ UBC.


Emily Wu , UBC Extended Learning Program Leader
Emily manages and oversees the design, development and delivery of the UBC Extended Learning (ExL)’s professional programs, specifically Data Science, cloud computing, XR, and indigenous health programs. As a member of ExL’s Career and Professional Programs team, she works closely with ExL teams, UBC faculty and external partners to create policies, systems, and organizational practices that support the delivery of professional programs. Emily brings more than 15 years of experience in program management and educational technology, she is committed to advancing flexible and innovative teaching and learning practices that are accessible to adult learners as they make career and professional transitions.  She is a certified professional coach and an internal coach at UBC.


Carrie Nash
Hadih, Hello My name is Tsay ke Dene (strong brave woman) – Carrie Nash
I am from Fort St James BC – Nakazdli Whut’en Carrier Dakelh Woman, my clan is Lusilyoo (frog) clan.
I am a graduate student of the IHALP of 2021-2022. I am a full time health director for a First Nations organization of Binche Whut’en siince 2019. Binche gave me the opportunity to become a certified leader in health. My security of being a certified health lead has given me the greatest opportunity and my life purpose became a reality. This developed me to be the true leader, an inspired my true connection to people and health. I worked aside my full time job and competing this course for one year. With motivation from my work and family I was able to achieve this. I received many great recourses and teachings that helped my role as a health director. I have worked as a HD since 2018 and now I even feel more confident at achieving my work standards. Thank you to the wonderful team of the IHALP program developers of giving me the opportunity. Musi Carrie Nash




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