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Conference 2022 Featured Speaker – Dr. Shannon Waters

Dr. Shannon Waters. Medical Health Officer, Island Health. Dr. Shannon Waters has extensive leadership experiences with Indigenous health, health authorities, and the Ministry of Health.  Head shot of Shannon Waters within an Indigenous illustration of an eagle and a bear. Artwork is credited to Nisga’a nation artist Peter Thomas McKay.

Dr. Shannon Waters

Dr. Shannon Waters is Coast Salish and a member of Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. She completed the First Nations Family Practice program at the University of British Columbia and worked as a family doctor in Duncan, BC.

While honored to work close to home, Shannon became frustrated with seeing people when they were unwell, and wanted to focus on maintaining health and well-being. She returned to school and completed her specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Shannon worked as the Director of Health Surveillance at First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and, at First Nations Health Authority as the Acting Senior Medical Officer for Vancouver Island Region. She has worked with Vancouver Island Health Authority as a Medical Director and with the Ministry of Health as the Aboriginal Physician Advisor.

She is currently honored to have come full circle and to be working in her home territory as the local Medical Health Officer with Island Health.

See the full list of PHABC’s 2022 Conference speakers here.