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NNPBC Staff Profiles

Andrea Kirkham

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

Before coming to NNPBC, I previously worked as an Executive Assistant for a few years with the University of British Columbia, and from there I dabbled in Human Resources and recruitment in health care, retail, and finance sectors. I decided that I missed the EA work, and wanted to return to this field. I waited until I found a job posting that really spoke to me, and it happened to be NNPBC.

Why did you want to join our team?

I think that the universe set me up to find NNPBC and meet the staff at exactly the right time. I was immediately drawn to the friendliness and openness of everyone, and I enjoyed having conversations with the people who interviewed me. They brought up topics like kindness in the workplace, work-life balance, and other intrinsic benefits of a workplace that I find valuable. Since joining the team, everyone has been very welcoming, and I feel really at home.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

I have learned that this organization really values the thoughts and opinions of each individual. They listen to all feedback and encourage everyone to speak up and share their perspective. Conversations are always open, and everyone can speak up.

What's your favourite movie?

The Disney Pixar movie “Inside Out.” The characters in that movie are hilarious and I even got to meet Sadness one time!

Cat or dog person?

Cat person! I have a cat at home, and his name is Leonardo DiCatrio (or Leo Bubs for short).

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I would like to see myself with a published novel and have some of my artwork displayed in a gallery. I enjoy writing fiction and publishing a book has been my lifelong goal. I also enjoy sketching, acrylic painting and watercolour art, and I would love to put together a colouring book featuring animals and plants of the Pacific Northwest. As well, there is an international art competition organized by a non-profit museum in Luxembourg that I would like to participate in! The competition is open to all emerging artists worldwide, so it may take a few years to finalize my submission piece.
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NNPBC Staff Profiles

Brenda Ingram

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

I worked for many years as an Executive Assistant in mental health with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). I had been approached by the BC Nurse Practitioner Association (BCNPA) while still working to assist them temporarily. Even after I retired from PHSA my temporary assistance with BCNPA lasted eight wonderful years! I "found" NNPBC through the BCNPA connection.

Why did you want to join our team?

I like working. While with BCNPA, I worked with Alix Arndt on a number of projects and it was always a great experience. When the opportunity arose to join her at NNPBC, I was delighted.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

It has reinforced just how well a small team of people can support a larger, complex, unique group that they are committed to.

What's your favourite movie?

Casino Royale the first of the Daniel Craig James Bond movies.

Cat or dog person?

Absolutely dog.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Well in truth I hope the world will not be sideways as it is now, and I will be travelling the world and enjoying seeing new things and meeting new people.
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Lorinda Fung

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

I worked in the high-tech industry for many years which is where I got my first exposure to full cycle accounting, project accounting and financial reporting. Later on, I moved to the field of tax accounting as well. Before I joined NNPBC I took time off to take care of my two young children. I was fortunate that NNPBC placed an ad for an accountant with my skill set and as soon as I saw it, I decided to apply. It's turned out to be a great decision and one that has allowed me to take all that I've learned in the past and apply it to a whole new industry.

Why did you want to join our team?

This team is very friendly and supportive. Even though we do not see each other five days a week (particularly during COVID!), we make the time to connect and be in touch often. I have valued the collaboration and the support we all provide for each other.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

Two brains are better than one, and three brains are even better! I've learned to take another perspective on the same situation, to see things a bit differently. Also, work-life balance is very important and while we all work hard, we definitely take the time to ensure that we’re mentally and physically well and taking the breaks we need.

What's your favourite movie?

I love "La La Land", it's a great way to enjoy music and relax.

Cat or dog person?

This is tough! I'd say 50/50 maybe? I used to have a dog when I was little but now, I think if we were to get a family pet it would be a cat.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Besides working in the accounting field, I would like to try writing music, and travel more (once restrictions are lifted of course).
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Mike Harrison

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

I've been interested in art and design from a very young age and always knew I wanted to do something in that field. When computers became more capable of doing graphics work, I found it was a perfect combination. I'd been working with health professional associations, including nursing, for many years and was able to find my way to NNPBC.

Why did you want to join our team?

I like and appreciate the freedom and creativity that working for NNPBC offers me. We've also developed such a great team that works so well and also has fun together, and that makes such a difference.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

Since I've started, I’ve been able to expand my skillset and also branch out in some new directions I didn't think I would, so that's been exciting. I've also learned that a small but dedicated team can achieve huge things.

What's your favourite movie?

Without a doubt, the best movie in the world is the original, 1984, Ghostbusters. For me, it's flawless.

Cat or dog person?

A thousand percent CAT!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

If the lottery ticket doesn’t win, honestly, still doing what I am doing now but with even bigger goals and projects. Also, a lot more travelling once it's safe to do so.
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Andreirkham

What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

Itealth.

Why did you want to join our team?

Iwasroles.

What have you learned so far from the organization?

Leadingndings.

What's your favourite movie?

Feelingiscouraging.

Cat or dog person?

Learnatients.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Youortunities.

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What has been your career path to date and how did you find NNPBC?

I worked for many years as an Executive Assistant in mental health with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). I had been approached by the BC Nurse Practitioner Association (BCNPA) while still working to assist them temporarily. Even after I retired from PHSA my temporary assistance with BCNPA lasted eight wonderful years! I "found" NNPBC through the BCNPA connection.

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Why did you want to join our team?

I like working. While with BCNPA, I worked with Alix Arndt on a number of projects and it was always a great experience. When the opportunity arose to join her at NNPBC, I was delighted.

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What have you learned so far from the organization?

It has reinforced just how well a small team of people can support a larger, complex, unique group that they are committed to.

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What's your favourite movie?

Casino Royale the first of the Daniel Craig James Bond movies.

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Cat or dog person?

Absolutely dog.

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Where do you see yourself in five years

Well in truth I hope the world will not be sideways as it is now, and I will be travelling the world and enjoying seeing new things and meeting new people.