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Esperanza came to Canada over 20 years ago as a refugee. In her adolescent life, her mother worked as a housekeeper at Vancouver General Hospital, which is where her interest in nursing began. Esperanza is a vivid example of the multifaceted passions embodied by our health care professionals.  
“I dreamed of being a nurse”, says Esperanza, but before beginning the nursing program, she returned to Nicaragua. “While I was there, I visited several hospitals and medical clinics. To my disappointment, they were poorly equipped, badly managed, and hosted under-qualified staff. I also took note that my country men and women had little education about infection control, common signs and symptoms of various illnesses, and the like. This confirmed my genuine desire to become a nurse.” 
Five years ago, Esperanza enrolled in a nursing program and started working at RCH as an employed student nurse on 3 South, a general surgical unit, in 2016. Upon graduation, Esperanza got hired and since then, has enjoyed her nursing career. “Throughout the last two years, I have made incredible friendships and learned so much. My love of nursing has grown and I recently found a new love: becoming a clinical instructor. I look forward to the years ahead of me in my career.”
Though nursing is a huge part of Esperanza’s life, there is a lot more to it. She is also a UBC clinical instructor and a Zumba/cardio dance class instructor. Her passion for helping people is undeniable. Esperanza recently won a boxing title match at the main event for a non-profit organization that raises funds for at risk youth and women. “I have decided to join the Aprons for Gloves 2019 event to raise money for the youth and women of our community,” wrote Esperanza on her fundraising page. “In 2011, I was a co-researcher for a study to investigate the process of engaging youth who had been involved in street gangs. It was found that youth needed to feel like they were part of meaningful projects and that they required time to build relationships to feel less marginalized in the community.”
Congratulations Esperanza! Your passion and commitment is astounding. We could not be prouder of our amazing people and the depth of their involvement in the community. Join one of BC’s Top Employers and come make a difference on our team of amazing. Browse our current nursing opportunities.
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“I am of Aboriginal ancestry and an intergenerational survivor, so I’ve always had a passion for working with Aboriginal people. Most of my jobs have involved working with the Aboriginal population,” shares Dionne. “My mother went to residential school. I understand and am fully aware of the trauma and impacts that have been put upon Aboriginal people and want to be a part of the change to move forward and continue to heal.
I was born and raised in the Stó:lō territory, where I still reside today. My dad’s family, McGrath, comes from Rosedale, BC. God rest his soul, he passed when I was 14-year-old. I am fortunate to still have my mother in my life today, Purcell (nee Smith), originating from Samahquam Band, St’at’imc Nation, in the Interior Salish area. My descendants are of non-Native and Aboriginal ancestry.
I am proud to say that I am a mother/grandmother to three children and three grandsons. I carry three traditional/ancestral names: Qenis (Killer whale); Ti wa Nukw’ay7lh (Helper of the people) and Thee-al-ew-qwey (Looking after others); and I have been recognized as an Elder: one who shares the wisdom and knowledge with the people.
When it comes to culture and spirituality, this is where I feel like I’m playing catch up with my grandchildren, I never had the opportunity to teach my children, for I started this later in my life. My oldest grandson, who is 8-years-old, and I have been learning my language, Ucwalmicw together. This is something I hold dear to my heart.
In March 2019, I had the honor of joining Fraser Health as an Aboriginal peer coordinator. I work in partnership with people from various programs across Fraser Health and many other stakeholders, such as the First Nations Health AuthorityI focus on the Aboriginal population with lived experience of substance use – promoting the meaningful engagement of peers. One thing that I bring to this position is my knowledge of my culture. I drum and sing, carry out spiritual ceremonies, facilitate healing/talking circles while also holding space for teaching the history of Aboriginal people.
When the opportunity arises, I share my knowledge with others who have clients of Aboriginal ancestry. Aboriginal people have been impacted by past events, such as the residential school era and the Sixty’s Scoop – a time in Canadian history when Indigenous children were taken from their families and placed in foster homes or put up for adoption. I feel that having an understanding of this history can help health care and service providers work with Aboriginal people more successfully.”
When is comes to managing her own health, Dionne turns to the ‘medicine wheel’. The medicine wheel has a variety of definitions depending on culture, but is essentially meant to represent the alignment and connection between a person’s spiritual, physical, mental and emotional states.
“With how busy life gets and the many demands that are put on us as helpers, I try to implement the medicine wheel to stay in balance. In order to help others, I need to take care of myself,” she explains. “We are all given a task in this world and it is up to us to fulfill it and be a part of the change.”
Kuchstem (thank you) Dionne for sharing your story.
If you are ready to be a part of the healing change, consider joining our Aboriginal Health team. Check out our current opportunities.
Aboriginal peer coordinator

Victoria, one of our dedicated rehabilitation assistants, says she learned the importance of movement and the profound ability bodies have to heal when rehabbed appropriately, during her first year working in acute care. “It was incredible to see clients who were previously severely ill, recover step-by-step with our help,” she said. 

“When I witness the commitment and small achievements made by our patients, I am reminded that no matter what the situation, with a little sweat and a strong supportive team by your side, anything is possible.

“I wanted a career where I could target a wide variety of patients, feel challenged, and be humbled by what I saw day-to-day. I knew I wanted to help the community I grew up in.

“The knowledge I continue to gain on a daily basis and professionals I surround myself with is continuing to shape me as a better Rehab Assistant. If you have a passion for the well-being of those around you and push to motivate them to be the best version of themselves, this is likely a fabulous career choice for you,” says Victoria.

Interested in joining one of our rehabilitation teams? Check out our opportunities for PhysiotherapistsOccupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists.

Rehabilitation Assistant, Chilliwack General Hospital
"My wife and I often joke that we are spoiling our children by raising them in the best place in the world.” 

With scenic mountain views, ocean beaches and easy access to recreational activities, you can enjoy a thriving lifestyle mere steps away from work. Dr. Barclay knew that and made his decision. “I moved to British Columbia 10 years ago to be closer to the mountains and ocean and still have access to all that a major world-class city has to offer,” recalls Dr. Barclay. “The move has been great for my mental and physical fitness and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Fraser Health’s diverse communities span from major urban centres such as Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey to the rapidly growing cities of Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack into the Valley’s picturesque towns of Maple Ridge, Mission and Hope. As Dr. Barclay says, “With 13 different emergency departments including a tertiary trauma centre, small hospitals tucked into the mountains, a dedicated pediatric emergency department, the busiest emergency department in Western Canada, there is definitely a site that would satisfy any physician.” 

Ready to make your best life decision? Explore our emergency physician opportunities.
Dr. Barclay, Emergency Physician

Janice, a former graduate of the Specialty Nursing Education (SNE) sponsorship program, became interested in the OR when she did her observation in nursing school. "After that exposure, I just knew I wanted to be in the OR." Watch why Janice chose to pursue perioperative nursing.

What do you love most about the OR specialty? Regardless of if it is the same surgery, every patient is different. Every patient comes with a different package, so their surgery at the end will be different. I wanted to see more. I wanted to learn more. 

What would you advise our candidates? Have self-awareness for the way you learn, because the program is extremely intense; have long-term commitment to continuously learn new things and to consolidate skills and knowledge (it takes about two years of full time work to feel comfortable and confident); have at least two days of observation in the OR before deciding to apply.

Perioperative Nurse, Abbotsford Regional Hospital
"My inner-compass has led me to pursue a career in health care. I have always enjoyed helping and caring for others which eventually led me to pursue a teaching career in the education system. Eventually, I found this incredible opportunity to teach health professionals about Indigenous culture, values, and knowledge systems. In this important work, I find a bridging of two worlds that reflect and honor reconciliation, compassion, and inclusivity for the betterment of our entire community as a whole."
Explore opportunities within our amazing aboriginal health team.
Cultural Safety Coordinator
“I am convinced the greatest gift of yoga is linking the mind to the body. In the chaos of life, I find that this is often where we are most disconnected and find imbalance. This imbalance can lead to stress, depression, and anxiety; well at least for myself. Yoga for me is like a moving meditation connecting my mind, body, and spirit so that I can think clearly and be more intentional with my energy.” 
Photo credit: First Nation Photographer
Len, Cultural Safety Coordinator in Ucluelet
“The first two weeks were definitely challenging, but it wasn’t difficult, because everyone was very friendly and welcoming. There were lots of inductions, getting used to the processes, going from one place to another, meeting new people and trying to remember names. In my third week, I am a little bit more settled. I’ve done the formal orientation and some online modules. My manager was very kind taking me through the steps and structured it so it was not overwhelming. Every day I learned something new. Everyone has been very supportive…it’s been really good settling in”. Work here. Register for info sessions in Ireland and Scotland.
Physiotherapist, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre

"I love working as an emergency nurse at Chilliwack General Hospital because of the positive and supportive team of coworkers who always help each other in order to do the best job that we can."

ER RN, Chilliwack General Hospital
      “Three years ago, I got a call from our cardiac surgeon and ECMO Lead in CSICU to make the unit ready for a potential ECMO patient. Shortly after the ER called, our Cardiac Surgeon asked me to bring our open chest cart down to the ER and help them insert the ECMO cannulas. I carried our special cart there with our Perfusion team for emergent ECMO cannulation. Usually cannulation is done in the OR, but in urgent cases, we do them in our unit or in the ER, which is not desired because of not sterile environment. We managed to cannulate and start the ECMO in the ER, then we sent the patient to the OR for an embolectomy.
       The patient was a 22 year-old male football player who drove all the way here from Edmonton to visit his brother. Because of the long and nonstop drive, he developed a thrombosis in his right leg which migrated to his lungs. We were told by the ER nurses that he was standing in the balcony and was screaming: "I cannot breathe". One off-duty nurse was passing by and rushed to the building and by the time she was in the balcony, the patient collapsed! She called for help and started CPR.
       We were waiting for the patient to come from the OR for more than 8 hours, which is more than usual for this kind of surgery. We were informed by the OR team that the patient was bleeding vigorously and they were transfusing blood products in the OR. The patient was not stable to be transferred to the CSICU. After about 10 hours, we received the patient. I cannot remember a sicker patient than in my life! We had 4 RNs, a perfusionist, and two physicians at his bedside. We transfused more than 50 units of blood in just 5 hours. We were losing our hope to control the bleeding! He was lying in a pool of blood, but we couldn't even think of cleaning him! We all were battling to save his life! After 24 hours and more than 75 units of blood products transfused, we managed to control the bleeding! Now on the ECMO, his heart was weak and there were no functional lungs for oxygenation. 
     It took a week for his heart to recover after complete rest on the ECMO. Then we changed the ECMO to a lighter version, which works as the patient's lungs and heart will circulate the oxygenated blood. 
      About after two weeks, he was stable enough to turn sedation medications off to wake him up. Always after this kind of rough resuscitation the question is, how is the brain function?
      Still on the ECMO, after two days off medication, he started to move and opened his eyes to his name! The moment he opened his eyes was the biggest victory for the whole team. I called our physician. Tears in everybody's eyes and happiness! 
      He came off the ECMO and his heart and lungs were recovered. We sent him to the step down unit after a one month stay. When I saw him in that unit, I asked him to interview all the people who were involved in his care and write a book about his journey! I am not sure he did, but I wrote a short one!” Join our amazing critical care teams.
"I love being a physiotherapist because it allows me to impact people’s lives in a very positive way. To be able to start moving people around, get them stronger, teach them how to walk again, empower them to go home from the hospital and back to their normal life, is an amazing thing. I also get to be surrounded by a whole staff of physio-therapists who share the same passion. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” 
Physiotherapist, ICU, Burnaby Hospital

"I had a five year plan to move to Interior Health or Northern Health and then I found Hope - kind of rural but still close to the city. We have space here to grow and spread our wings. We call it "est" community, because it has the best and the biggest hearts."

Clinical Operations Manager, Fraser Canyon Hospital
"This job allows me to do all the things I love: interact with patients, motivate people, teach, coach, develop programs and do research. I live in Vancouver and I drive to Surrey because of the culture here. We push each other to be better physiotherapists and provide the best care we can for our patients."
Physiotherapist, Surrey Memorial Hospital

"I like working in Langley Memorial Hospital because of the people I worked with. Being a foreigner in this wonderful land I didn't get treated as a stranger at all. Everyone I worked with, from the managers, surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and to all auxiliary personnel, is just awesome! The mixture of surgical cases we do allows you to acquire broad areas of expertise. Also, all this surgeries we do don't usually cause so many anxieties in general when compared to operating on a Ruptured Aneurysms, which by the way we don't do in this nice community hospital. I'm happy doing what I love doing in LMH OR".

OR RN, Langley Memorial Hospital

"Each day we get to help our patients during their surgical experience. We get to scrub into the sterile field with the surgeon and assist them during the operation. Every day there is something new to learn and see. We save people’s lives and it is one of the most rewarding areas of nursing I have ever been a part of."

OR PCC, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
"It is rewarding to train not only new grads but employees from other Hospital Emergency Departments to Fraser Health standards and the popilation we serve."
ER CNE, Royal Columbian Hospital
Dr. Joshua Greggain's family at Jones Lake

“I am privilieged to work alongside a great group of colleagues. Few years ago we did Canucks Hospice Adventure Race together, because we enjoy each others company and we get to spend time together [while] raising funds for the new Children’s Hospice in Abbotsford. We have a great opportunity to work hard together and play hard together. At the end of the day, you feel like you have accomplished a lot personally, professionally and you get to enjoy all that Hope has to offer.”

Dr. Joshua Greggain

“At Fraser Health I am faced with exciting new challenges every day, my peers and management team provide me with the support, information and energy needed to overcome roadblocks and offer me the opportunity to be the best version of me at work. I am proud to be part of this winning team!”

Folashade, Knowledge Management and Business Systems Consultant
"Working for Fraser Health allows me to be a valued member of an interdisciplinary health care team, provide direct patient care, collaborate with colleagues to research clinical questions and to integrate this research into practice."
Hilary, Clinical Pharmacist

"I love working and living in White Rock. I am a five minute commute to work which is great as I have kids. Work is challenging but fun - our team members are very close and we always support each other and often laugh at work. The hospital is a small community hospital and very friendly, everybody knows each other. We range from ventilator dependent patients to independent cardiac patients, so the work is varied and interesting. It’s a great place to live and work."

ICU RN, Peace Arch Hospital
“A lot of people ask me how I can do palliative care. Palliative care taught me how to change my frame of mind when it comes to dying. Rather than fearing it, I see it as a final stage in life where you try to make the best of the limited time you have left. As a nurse, I try to be the calm in the storm for the client. I try my best to provide the compassionate care they need to help them navigate through the end of life process.“
Home Health Nurse
“It’s close to home and I love serving the residents in the community where I live in. OR nursing has been known to be challenging, exciting and most important of all, we are caring for patients in vulnerable situations when they are under general anesthesia. I am proud of what we do to advocate for the patients. It’s also an on-going learning environment with introduction of new technological equipment used in the OR. Working in the OR for the last 35 years, I have never felt bored for one day. I love my job and I love serving the residents in the community where I live in!”
OR Nurse, Eagle Ridge Hospital
“I do appreciate Abbotsford’s lifestyle. It is fairly low key. I have a group of friends and we just hang out together. It’s close to the city, so you have an hour drive and you are in Vancouver or any other Lower Mainland city. The mountains are close by, the ocean is an hour away as well, but you can be a little bit removed and have a quieter lifestyle here, which I appreciate.”
ICU RN, Abbotsford Regional Hospital
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What makes a truly great workplace? We asked Mary and Ruby, members of our Talent Acquisition and Onboarding team and they shared. “At Fraser Health, it’s not hard to find people who share the same values and commitment to the quality of work we put forward. At the end of the day, our team is nothing short of a work family,” – says Mary, Client Partner.

Ruby and Mary share their time both in and outside of the workplace. They are a great support for each other no matter what comes at them each day. One in two people at Fraser Health report they have a best friend at work. After all, it is the support we all need. How did it happen for Ruby? “It didn't take long for us to pick up on our common love for shopping and good food. Nothing beats having a good laugh over coffee,”- says Ruby, Representative.

Find your best friend at work at Fraser Health.

Ruby & Mary, Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
Jaiveer, Client Partner

“Your skills and experience hold great value in your career. List your strengths in the ‘additional comments’ section of your profile,” recommends Jaiveer, client partner, talent acquisition and onboarding.

Jaiveer’s current priority is finding top talent for the Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment and, as part of this role, he reviews many applications, daily. He’s found that oftentimes the ‘additional comments’ field is empty and says this is a perfect opportunity to make your profile stand out.


He suggests using the space to highlight how you will use your skills and relevant experience to contribute to the community and says, “Don’t be afraid to dream big and be open to different avenues. At the end, if you fail that’s called ‘learning’ and if you achieve success that’s called ‘experience.’”

Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment
“From my own experience, I find it inspiring to meet new people and develop connections. Not only can I do this on a daily basis in my role as a physician recruiter, but the same can apply in my personal life,” shares Carol, Physician Client Partner.  
“My personal passion is travel, which allows me to meet people of other cultures. Those experiences help me relate to international applicants when recruiting for Fraser Health.” This September, Carol will visit her 50th country. As an open-minded individual who values cultural inclusion, Carol is able to understand the needs of international applicants and provide them with insightful advice and says, “The key to finding a great career is to identify your greatest interest.”
Client Partner, Physician Recruitment