Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership Program (IHALP): 2024 Information Session

Join us for the 2024 Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership Program information session! Learn about the IHALP certificate program that is designed to support Indigenous organizations and communities to build strength-based, holistic programming that promotes health and well being. Learn about Indigenous communities and their own measures for success and unique cultural and geographical needs. Ask questions, hear about alumni 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 a later time. This is a collaboration event with UBC Extended Learning. Learn more about iHALP here: CEIH website.

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2024 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am


About the Presenters:


Elder Doris Fox 

Musqueam Nation Elder 

Doris Fox is a Musqueam Elder. Ms. Fox serves on various Boards, committees, advisories, research projects, and works at several Health Clinics in Vancouver. As well, 

Ms. Fox is on a few Elders Circles. Doris uses her training as a traditional healer to serve the people and communities that she works for. Pre-COVID, Doris worked at many different Health and Wellness Days using many different healing techniques that she was taught by teachers from around the world. Doris Fox teaches traditional Cedar 

Bark weaving as well as traditional Salish Weaving. Each time she leads a workshop, she teaches the history of the crafts and about the importance of intellectual property. 


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, IHALP Peer Mentor

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 believes the program helped her in what makes her a better leader today. Sonja understands one should have a personal ethical compass as well as being able to emphasize vision, mission, and change in difficult times and keeping your Indigenous values at the front of your decision-making. 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.

Sonja took a break from her educational studies to care for a loved one, but hoping in the very near future to pursue a diploma in Family Counselling.

When not busy at work, Sonja enjoys walks in nature with her two dogs 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.



Kevin Hill, Current IHALP Student
Kevin Hill is a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario. He is the Indigenous Patient Navigator for the Community Transition Team with BC Mental Health and Substance Use services.
Kevin has 17 years experience working in integrated services supporting clients in the community.  He worked 15 years at Vancouver’s Downtown Community Court as the Indigenous Case Manager. He provided resources and support to the clientele in the downtown eastside community as well as supervising clients with probation orders.  Kevin currently works for Provincial Health Services Authority and the Community transition team as the Indigenous Patient Navigator.  where he provides Culturally appropriate resources and services to the clients in the correctional health care facilities.
Kevin has a degree in Criminology and is a current student in the Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership program and the Indigenous Public Health Cohort at the University of British Columbia




Gloria Harding, Current IHALP Student

Gloria joined the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice in 2022 as the Indigenous Relations Manager working with Indigenous partners in Nanaimo to embed a lens of cultural safety and cultural humility within the Division. She communicates with a respectful, thoughtful approach, she brings leadership experience from working in urban and nonurban Indigenous health and wellness programs. She is a Metis Citizen with the Metis Nation of British Columbia; her Indigenous roots are from the Red River Settlement in Manitoba. While the impacts from the Residential School System and the Indian Hospital in Edmonton affected Gloria’s family, they remained focused on their Metis culture. Gloria’s belief that caring for family, being a respected member of the community and traditional Metis music was taught to her by her mother and aunties who raised her. Gloria enjoys time with her sons, beading, cooking, and volunteering at Indigenous cultural community events. Her culture will always be her inner peace and strength.



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.




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