March 8 is International Women's Day; a chance to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance in our teams and organizations.
Today we're profiling two awesome women who have recently reached long-service milestones at BC Children's, and sharing a little about what they do.
I'm a project manager for the Health Literacy team at BC Children's, helping support the mental health and well-being of children, youth, and families in BC. My work includes developing and sharing new resources — like apps and websites — and also building capacity of health and school professionals through workshops and training.
In my past work at an alternative health clinic, I saw that many clients weren't health literate, which motivated me to get a Master of Public Health focused on health promotion. Now, at BC Children's, my awesome team inspires me each day. Everyone has the same passion to promote health, and our team is very supportive and collaborative. I also love that the impact of our work reaches across the province. Working with BC Children's and PHSA means that when we develop resources, we can help families province-wide.
Stephanie Turner - 20 years at BC Children's
I have been an operating room (OR) nurse for 24 years, having worked at BC Children's for 21 years now. For the first 18 years, I was a member of the Open Heart Cardiac OR team, and then just over a year ago I became the clinical resource nurse for both the pediatric urology and plastic services. This involves ensuring the surgeons have all the equipment they need for their surgeries, whilst also teaching our growing nursing team how to scrub and circulate for these cases.
Each day, I am truly excited to come to work and know that I am front and center in improving the health and wellbeing of many children's lives here in B.C.