Kelly was born and raised on Vancouver Island and moved to Prince George in 1989 where she began her career with Northern Health as a Registered Nurse in 1992. Kelly has worked in a variety of health care settings in both acute care and community nursing with an initial focus on maternal, infant and child health and later in an administrative role in medical affairs before assuming the role of Vice President of Primary and Community Care and Chief Nursing Executive for Northern Health in 2014.
Kelly’s professional passion includes collaborating with others on the strategic development and implementation of a different way to deliver community health services that facilitates timely access to a wide range of medical and non-medical services that best respond to what people and their families want and need from their health care team and the health system as a whole. A second but related focus is to support professional practice for nurses and allied health professionals such as mental health clinicians, rehabilitation specialists and social workers to meet their professional practice standards and to support these health care professionals to do their best work for the people they serve in the north.
As the mother of three adult children who were born and raised in Prince George and are now pursuing their education and careers in Northern British Columbia, Kelly is deeply committed to continue to live and work in the North. In her spare time, you will find Kelly and her husband James puttering around their rural property just outside of town, tending ducks and planning for the future farm animals they hope to adopt including a pair of miniature donkeys. When not on the farm, Kelly and James run on the various trail systems around Prince George with their 3 dogs and fellow trail running friends.