Health Talks

February 26 | 1900 – 2100 | $15

Health Talks is our annual evening event, and took place the evening of Tuesday, February 26.

The event started with a ceremony to recognize the eight winners of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s annual Quality Awards, which celebrate improvements in quality of care.

Then, nine engaging and passionate speakers answered our question:

What are your hopes for health care?

But Health Talks’ speakers don’t use presentations full of bullet points. They use the PechaKucha 20×20 format, where each presentation contains 20 photos and each photo is displayed for exactly 20 seconds before automatically advancing to the next one.


Jeff Beselt

Family Physician

Jeff is driven by his passion for cultural humility and belief in culture change through compassion and inclusion. Much of his time as a family physician has been spent working in partnership with First Nations communities and he provides care as a member of the health and wellness teams in Kwadacha and Tsay Keh Dene. Read Jeff’s full bio.

Nadine Caron

Surgeon; Co-Director, UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

Nadine currently resides in Prince George, where she provides surgical oncology care for those that call rural and remote Canada home. Her work involves a variety of audiences and knowledge users including governments, provincial health authorities, national medical organizations, health research funding bodies, and several universities to achieve identified and overlapping objectives.

Shelly & Gene Covert

Proprietors & Winemakers

Shelly & Gene have been operating Oliver-based Covert Farms since 2004 and they received a BC/Yukon Outstanding Young Farmer award for their work in 2010. Recently they turned their attention to organic winemaking. Read the Covert’s full bio.

Jeff Harries

General Practitioner

Jeff has worked in Penticton since 1990 as a full-service general practitioner and recently began speaking to groups throughout the province about alcohol use disorder and how people with this disorder can be cared for differently. Read Jeff’s full bio.

Claudia Hopkins

Student, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Winner, Health Talks Student Contest

Claudia’s essay on service design and health care won this year’s Health Talks Student Contest. She’s passionate about designing for social good by incorporating inclusivity into public services, including health care services. Currently she is collaborating with UBC’s Division of Continuing Professional Development to develop processes that involve patients in creating medical education. Read Claudia’s full bio.

CeeJai Julian

Peer Specialist

CeeJai is a peer support worker with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Women’s Intensive Case Management Team. CeeJai has been conducting outreach work for over six years, including improving access to health care for hard-to-reach women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Read CeeJai’s full bio.

Pauline Kong

Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit

The care that Pauline received for a ruptured appendix when she was six years old inspired her to become a nurse, and now it continues to push her to improve care experiences for her patients. Recently this has included organizing and performing in magic shows which have raised over $20,000 for local hospitals. Read Pauline’s full bio.

Lauren Sundstrom

Social Media Specialist & Part-Time Trans Activist

Lauren navigated BC’s health care system first as a transgender youth and now as a transgender adult. She hopes that by speaking about her experiences and discussing her hopes and dreams for trans health care in BC that physicians will advocate for change. Read Lauren’s full bio.