My passion for nursing has permitted me to work in many diverse areas of health care in which I have been able to empower and integrate knowledge translation to interdisciplinary healthcare professionals. I have over 29 years of experience as a frontline health professional, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Professional Practice Leader, Clinical Educator, Team Leader, Nursing Supervisor and Charge Nurse.
After lifesaving emergency surgery, Jo-Ann has had her colostomy since July 2011, her positive outlook on life has enabled her to thrive her life changing alteration. A 2nd chance at life is the icing on the cake, the cherry on top. Her journey inspired her to write 4 books, together with her friends they embark on an adventure as they learn that with or without an ostomy everyone is amazing, and can to anything they set their minds to.
After completing her year of sciences at the University of the Fraser Valley, Shabita Teja was accepted into the Bachelor of Pharmceutical Sciences degree program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Having many health challenges herself, Shabita has been on ‘both sides of the counter’, so to speak, where she has been both the patient and the pharmacist. She has lived with an ileostomy for over two and a half years.
Rory Hornstein, RD, BEd. is a Registered Dietitian specializing in nutrition for sports, exercise, weight management (adults and pediatric/adolescent), eating disorders and body image, food intolerances/allergies, immune system enhancement, and digestive disorders. Rory is the Nutrition Consultant to the Glencoe Club, Heavens Fitness, Calgary Weight Management Centre, Canada Western Summer Games and many more.
In 1989, Andy Manson joined her mother Helen, founder of the Ostomy Care & Supply Centre, and began a 30-year career as a trailblazer and advocate for people with an ostomy. Andy has been a central figure in ostomy care locally, nationally and internationally and today the Ostomy Care Centre is what it is because of Andy. Under Andy’s guidance, the Centre became a port in the storm for people all over BC, and beyond.