Hello everyone! My name is Victoria Rea, and I am currently in my 4th year of my Undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at UNBC. I grew up in a small town in Northern BC that suffered from a severe physician shortage for most of my childhood, and this peaked my interest in medicine at a young age. Growing up, I was always interested in leadership, problem solving, collaboration, and helping others and found a passion in healthcare; because of this I was attracted to the potential career of becoming a physician. I am thankful to be part of IHI because I am able to to voice my opinion, and have the ability to be part of a team that works on of improving many areas of health care. I am passionate about quality improvement in a health care setting, and being surrounded by driven and like-minded individuals is motivating! Being part of a chapter that encourages leadership, collaboration, quality improvement, and problem solving sparks my passion for health care and makes me proud to be a part of an amazing chapter here at UNBC and the Northern Medical Program.
I am a current 4th year medical student in the Northern Medical Program who is keen to push boundaries on titles. My interest with IHI and quality improvement stemmed from my desire to have a seat at the table. This table was the one with the decision makers, the established professionals who had identified that the system needed work but did not have representation from those affected by it or soon to be entering it. Through IHI and quality improvement I have been able to connect with amazing individuals, and see first-hand how passionate people can come together as a team to shake up the system. As the President I wear multiples hats ranging from coming up with agendas, empowering fellow members, updating our social media, and working on this website.
EXECUTIVE MEMBER- TREASURER
I strongly believe there is always room for improvement in every aspect of life. It just takes someone to recognize opportunities for change and to take action. I have found IHI to be applicable to healthcare and beyond. IHI has provided me with practical skills in health quality improvement and a platform to discuss ideas with a group of like-minded, inspiring students. As a medical student and future physician, I look forward to keeping my eyes and ears open for opportunities to make meaningful changes within patient healthcare and my work environment.
KEVALA VON VOLKENBURG
I am a 4th year biomedical student at UNBC. I was born and raised on a small farm just outside Fort St John, which is more north of Prince George. I knew I wanted to stay in a rural school for my university and was very happy to be accepted into the big (for me) city of Prince George. At UNBC I’ve leaned facts and other intellectual material about ochem, metabolism, biology and the human body; as I’m sure many of you reading this have also encountered. I enjoy learning this but know from both classes and experience that the medical field has much to improve on. No one seemed to touch on this in my classes. No one appeared to be looking at the bigger picture of our evolving medical system. For me, this is where IHI came in. IHI gives student and professionals an opportunity to work together on projects. As a team, we work to improve, not only our medical system, but to empower others to develop ideas to help change lives.
IHI offers extensive networking opportunities and an open environment to express new ideas and put those ideas into action. This is my favourite part of IHI, the opportunity to work on projects in the community with real people, solving real problems. I am very excited to see what our team accomplices in the years to come!
I am a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at UNBC, and I have been involved in IHI since my third year. To me, IHI is a catalyst for change. IHI has provided me the skills, knowledge, and voice to engage in quality improvement in a meaningful way. IHI brings together interdisciplinary teams of driven people who are ready to create change to ensure that everyone has access to the best care and health possible. Being part of the change culture has been truly motivating and exciting!