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Wednesday November 7, 2018
 
Sherry McConkey
Founder, Shane McConkey Foundation 
 
An avid world traveler, Sherry McConkey was born in Ireland, raised in South Africa, and began her global journey in 1989. After traveling through Europe and Canada, she landed in Lake Tahoe, California, which she still calls home. A passion for the outdoors connected Sherry to legendary free ski pioneer Shane McConkey. The two were married in Thailand in 2004 and their greatest creation, Ayla, came along in 2005. Shane passed away in 2009.
 
Shane inspired thousands of people worldwide with his passion, creativity and drive to defy boundaries and limitations. Sherry carries on Shane’s incredible legacy and has turned moments of sadness into inspiration by using the power of Shane’s positivity to build The Shane McConkey Foundation. The foundation supports environmental education, animal protection and organizations that are committed to making a positive difference both locally and globally. Sherry captures Shane’s legacy in the movie, McConkey.
 
 
Derick Fage
Host of Breakfast Television, Montreal
 
A self-proclaimed child at heart, Derick Fage is curious about everyone and everything, a quality that serves him well as a host of Breakfast Television Montreal on City. In 2012, Derick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community work and contributions to charitable organizations. After going public with his personal struggle of living with chronic fecal incontinence since birth, he accepted the role of ambassador for the Canadian Continence Foundation in the hopes of helping others who are living with any number of challenges.
 
Derick is a member of the board of directors for the foundation. In 2015 he became the first non-medical professional and patient to speak at the International Continence Society’s annual meeting in its 45 year history. Derick recently gave inspirational and impactful talks at the Global Forum on Incontinence in Rome and at the National Conference on Incontinence in Niagara Falls. He is grateful to speak about his challenges and advocates for awareness and change.
 
 
Jim Murphy
Fraser Health Patient Partner
 
On September 7, 2015, Jim Murphy’s life changed when a family afternoon bicycle ride at a local park in Chilliwack ended with an emergency surgery at Chilliwack General Hospital. He spent the next several months at Royal Columbian Hospital fighting for his life. He is here to share his incredible story. Jim would like to thank the dedicated staff at Royal Columbian Hospital for saving his life and caring for him. He is also thankful for the love and support of his family and friends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday November 8, 2018
 
Margaret Seppelt, BN, MBA
Director, Strategic Transformation and Improvement
 
Margaret Seppelt, BN, MBA has over 25 years of experience working in quality, performance improvement and lean. She is the director of Strategic Transformation and Improvement at B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. Her passion is transforming health care systems where the voice and perspectives of patients, families, along with the talents of those who provide care, are the driving force to never stop seeking new ways to innovative and improve in order to achieve best outcomes at lower costs while delivering health care experiences like no other.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Robert J. Everett
M.D., FRCPC, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of BC. 
 
After spending his childhood in the Lower Mainland and completing an undergraduate degree in Biology at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Everett graduated from the UBC Faculty of Medicine in 1994. After three years at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and a final year at B.C. Children’s Hospital he completed his residency training. In 1998, he joined what is now known as Fairmont Pediatrics. Dr Everett is currently the medical lead for Pediatrics and Mother Baby Care at B.C. Women's Hospital.
 
As a consultant pediatrician he enjoys caring for children of all ages. He has a particular interest in newborn care and care of the medically complex child. In addition to the clinical work in B.C. he is a visiting specialist in Pediatrics at Whitehorse General Hospital. He enjoys teaching medical students and residents, and is a regular speaker at Continuing Medical Education conferences for family physicians. Dr. Everett has been honoured several times over the years with B.C. Children’s Hospital Family Centred Care Award.
 
 
 
Amanda Lockitch
Patient Partner
 
Amanda Lockitch is an entrepreneur, film maker, and mom.  After completing a one year lectureship at the University of Toronto, she remains passionate about coaching actors, directing theatre and film, her work in anti-aging health and beauty, and parenting her 21 month old son. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lorelei Williams
Indigenous Women's Advocate
 
Lorelei is the founder of the dance group Butterflies in Spirit which she began in order to empower Indigenous women in her community. It was a way for her to raise awareness about her aunt Belinda Williams who went missing in 1978, and her cousin Tanya Holyk, who was a victim of Robert Pickton in 1996.
 
Beyond managing Butterflies in Spirit, Lorelei is the women’s coordinator at the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre. This non-profit organization addresses Indigenous social justice issues and works to build stronger relationships between the Vancouver Police Department and Indigenous communities by promoting education, awareness and open dialogue.
 
Lorelei also volunteers for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Collation in Vancouver which is a diverse group of more than 25 urban community and political advocacy groups and family members of the missing and murdered.
 
Lorelei was voted on by a jury of notable Canadians, including Author Margaret Atwood, Activist Desmond Cole, and Director Buffy Childerhose, as one of the winners of the 2017 Everyday Political Citizen contest for her work as a front line missing and murdered Indigenous women's advocate.
 

Dr. Paula Gordon
Dr. Paula B. Gordon, OBC, MD, FRCPC, FSBI
Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC),
Medical Director, Sadie Diamond Breast Program, B.C. Women’s Hospital
 
Dr. Paula Gordon is a clinical professor in the Department of Radiology at UBC.
 
She is medical director of the Sadie Diamond Breast Program at B.C. Women's Hospital and is a founding member of the Canadian Society of Breast Imaging. She is passionate about saving women’s lives and minimizing the impact of breast cancer by early detection. She also volunteers as a director of the Board of the Canucks for Kids Fund.
 
In recognition of her contributions to the field of breast imaging, she was made a fellow of the American Society of Breast Imaging and is on their board of directors. She has received a Killam Teaching Prize from the University of British Columbia, a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was invested in the Order of British Columbia. In 2014 she was named one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network. In 2016, she was made an honorary member of the UBC Medical Alumni.

Friday November 9, 2018


Cha’qua’wet - Willie Charlie
Fraser Health Board Member

Willie Charlie has been married to Anna for 36 years. Together they have three sons, William, Ryan (Margaret) and Darcy, and three grandsons, Jeremy, Baby Ryan, and Angelo. Born and raised in Sts'ailes by his parents William and Pat Charlie, Willie is the second eldest of six.
 
Many respected Elders, in particular his grandfather Jimmy Charlie and Uncle (Buster) Sylvester Joe, taught Willie the history of his people. Cha’qua’wet uses his knowledge of Sts’ailes history, culture, and traditions as a voice for the Sts’ailes people. His leadership and vision is recognized broadly, and he is regularly called upon by many communities and organizations throughout the Lower Mainland to speak at special ceremonies and gatherings. Willie enjoys sharing his knowledge with young people and especially likes travelling with the Sasquatch Dance Group where his children and grandchildren share dances and stories from Sts’ailes.
 
Willie races canoes and used to play soccer and ball hockey. Soccer was clearly his favourite sport, as Willie coached and managed the Chehalis Chiefs Soccer team for more than 30 years. Through soccer, Willie travelled and competed in many other countries including Sweden, Denmark, England, and the United States. In 1988, Willie played for the Canadian National team at the World Futsal Championships in Australia.
 
Willie has been involved with community politics for a long period of time. He is an active member of the First Nations Health Council, Aboriginal Health Steering Committee, Aboriginal Advisory Committee for RCMP, the BC Hydro Integrated Resource Planning Committee and the Cultural Committee for the University of Fraser Valley.
 

Previously, Charlie was elected to Sts’ailes Council for 12 years and elected as chief for six years. He also served as vice president for the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. He has worked as a recreation director, family support worker, prevention worker, high school teacher, University of Fraser Valley instructor, native-liaison worker for federal corrections, correctional services officer and cultural worker. Today, Willie is the chief administration officer and chief negotiator for Sts’ailes and is a Fraser Health Board Member.


Lisa Shepherd
Métis Artist 
 

Born and raised in Alberta, Lisa Shepherd migrated west to British Columbia, where she now lives and creates one of a kind award winning Métis garments and fine art works.
As a child, the artist fondly recalls visiting her grandparents, where the budding artist was given small stacks of fabric, a needle and thread, some paper and pencil crayons. The gifts received inspired many happy hours designing, sewing, and forming her interest in textile arts. It came as no surprise to her family and friends when Lisa garnered an art bursary and moved to the coast to study apparel design.
Today, the designer is best known for her one of a kind beaded garments that pay tribute to her Métis roots. Her contemporary studies of native plants and her exploration of the padula flowers in ancestral works land thoughtfully by way of beads on velveteen, stroud and smokey hide. She works with a meticulousness that can only come from an artist’s desire to unearth an almost lost history, bring it into the present and explain it to a searching generation. Lisa’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Royal Alberta Museum, Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, Gabriel Dumont Museum and Archives, the National Music Centre and in private collections.
 
 
Indingenous Elders' Panel
Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking panel of Indigenous Elders. This panel is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Canada’s long and often contentious history with Indigenous Peoples as well as the role that Truth and Reconciliation plays to redress the legacy of colonialism. By learning about the health experiences of Indigenous people in our care, particularly through the wisdom and experience of Elders, we can help create a health care environment of inclusivity and cultural safety. The panel, consisting of three First Nation Elders and two Métis Elders, will be moderated by Fraser Health’s new Executive Director of Aboriginal Health, Carolyne Neufeld.
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