Get to know Krystal Wong
Q: Where do you live?
A: I live on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and TsleilWaututh Nations, also known as Vancouver.
Q: What is your position at RCCbc?
A: I’m a Senior Project Coordinator for the Indigenous Physicians Network and RISE (RCCbc for Inclusion, Social Justice and Equity) and I’m also a member of the Rural Site Visits Project and the Community Engagement Action Plan (CEAP) team.
Q: What does that mean?
A: I support the Indigenous Physicians Network, in particular the event planning of their annual gathering. I work with rural physicians and teams to encourage the TRC’s 94 calls to action are being addressed in their projects. I plan visits to all 204 RSA communities to meet with communities’ health providers, First Nations, municipalities, first responders and educators. We listen to what their successes, innovations and gaps are in health care services and delivery. Lots of coordination is required (and luck) to get everyone’s schedules matched up! I’m also helping develop a central hub of community information that will better support RCCbc’s community engagement efforts.
Q: Describe RCCbc in three words.
A: Relationships, Innovative, Fun.
Q: What motivated you to join RCCbc?
A: I was drawn to the unique opportunity to meet with rural grassroots community members and directly hear their stories and experiences with health care. It’s the perfect combination of my passion for travelling and learning about other cultures while working to improve healthcare.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love how passionate each team member is about improving, supporting engaging and caring about rural communities.
Q: What has been one of your proudest moments working at RCCbc?
A: Initiating the change in our Site Visits research framework to include more Indigenous ways of thinking, knowing and being. We’re still in the process, but bringing in cultural safety facilitators and Indigenous research consultants has already made such an impact in our understanding and cultural humility.
Q: What one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?
A: When I was living in London for a year and a half, I managed to watch over 25 shows in the West End.
Q: What do you like to do on your days off?
A: I love cooking and trying new recipes, as well as discovering hidden gem restaurants throughout the city.