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We are IH: Kara Hannigan

We are IH: Kara Hannigan
We are IH is a recognition campaign to spotlight Interior Health employees and medical staff – through pictures and stories. 
Name: Kara Hannigan Worksite: Kiro Wellness Centre Years of Service: 12.5 Job Title: Human Resources Business Partner

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late, or in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald


With an honest heart, a creative mind, and quick wit, Kara brings instrumental value to her role at Interior Health, as a Human Resources Business Partner. Over her 12+ years of service, she has created positive change, brought creative ideas to life, and impacted the health and wellness of many. Passionate about bringing people together and promoting a healthy and safe work environment for the collective, she has been part of the driving force behind Pink Shirt Day at Interior Health, especially at her worksite at Kiro Wellness Centre in Trail.

“Pink Shirt Day embodies our commitment to a workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment as outlined in our AU1000 policy. It is everyone’s responsibility both personally and professionally to stand up against harmful behaviour & to recognize the many forms of bullying, address concerns and strategize solutions with kindness.” -Kara Hannigan, Human Resource Business Partner, Trail

Eager to be part of the change, Kara understands the importance of being actively involved in the work. Her sense of pride comes from being part of the Employee and Labour Relations team that works to educate managers and staff on Interior Health’s internal process to proactively equip them with the tools and resources to positively influence the workplace.
Kara’s cupcakes from Pink Shirt Day in 2013
This year for Pink Shirt Day, the theme is to “lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self-esteem and teach empathy, compassion, and kindness. Bringing people together is even more important than ever before in light of the pandemic. Although this year Kara’s colleagues, friends, and family won’t be able to enjoy her delicious cupcakes, they will continue to show their support. Kara’s enthusiasm and efforts year and after year to rally the site and the broader team will continue to generate greater participation and impactful change. Born and raised on the ancestral Ktunaxa territory (Trail, BC), Kara was excited to raise her family with her husband, Karl, in the same tight-knit and loving community she was raised in. She was eager to pursue her education and graduated from the Univesity of Lethbridge with a degree in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations. Her education, experience, and enthusiasm has propelled her career forward at Interior Health. While raising her three incredible children, Keltie, Kalen, and Kase, she has achieved amazing feats in both her personal and professional life. Undoubtedly, she has put her heart into her work and it shows. In 2015, BC Health Care Awards recognized her efforts in supporting the placement of differently-abled employees, as part of a Duty-to-Accommodate pilot project. When Kara isn’t working in the office or at home, she is spending time exploring the beautiful outdoors. As an avid cross-fitter and wanna-be runner. During the summer months, you can find her camping with family, exploring scenery with her dog, Leo, and her three children. Living the four-season lifestyle that the Kootenay winters offers, she spends time skiing, both cross-country and downhill, taking in the picturesque views from the mountain top. Passionate about exploring and watching her kids grow and learn, she is most happy exploring alongside them seeing life through their eyes. Thank you for all that you do, Kara! We appreciate you very much.
Nominate your colleagues to keep the We Are IH loop going: Name: Tamara Roscoe Message: Tamara is an amazing nurse who will go the extra mile to ensure your experience is a positive one! She is thorough and thoughtful, compassionate and kind. Our very own superhero, here in Trail! Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, kind words, or a listening ear but it comes so naturally to Tamara; she’s pure magic!
Know an inspiring person? Nominate a colleague or join yourself with the We Are IH submission form To read more We Are IH articles view here. For more information contact EmployeeExperience@InteriorHealth.ca.

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