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We Are IH: Meet Shelley Ockenden

We Are IH: Meet Shelley Ockenden

We Are IH is a new recognition campaign to spotlight our people in a real way – through pictures and stories that allow their authenticity to shine through! Each month, four Interior Health employees or medical staff will be featured through our News@IH website and our weekly In the Loop Roundup email newsletter. 


RN Shelley Ockenden is an Occupation Nursing Support Services Coordinator and recent long-term service award recipient after working at the Kamloops health unit for 33 years.

A country girl at heart, Shelley was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Ashcroft, B.C. before spreading her wings and settling in Kamloops where she has lived for the past 32 years.

Shelley followed her passion and love of working with children and their families as she developed her career, supporting children with special health needs and children in palliative care. Although Shelley would fix something for someone if she could, she learned that the best way to “fix” things for people is to imprint a memory of caring, alongside their hurt and their grief. 

Shelley created positive change in the lives of the people she surrounded herself with including those within Interior Health. The initiatives she led including the resources she created, Supporting Families through Perinatal Loss Quick Guide and Leaning into Your Discomfort – How to Support Someone Who is Grieving, are a legacy that will continue to help people beyond her time at Interior Health.

Fun is one of the many positive words people use to describe Shelley and we know that with her attitude, each and every day of her retirement will be full of fun!

Shelley wants to thank Interior Health and everyone who has worked alongside her as it’s been a very memorable journey.

We will sincerely miss you, Shelley! Thank you for all that you’ve done! Cheers to an amazing 33 years together, you’ve touched the lives of so many people and we are so grateful for your service.

Nominate a colleague or join in yourself with the We Are IH submission form.

Check back each Friday for the next We Are IH feature.

For more information contact EmployeeExperience@InteriorHealth.ca.


Shelley’s nomination of Cathryn Goodman keeps the We Are IH loop going:

“Because although she is newer into her role as manager Cathryn has made it a priority (in the time of COVID-19) to really try to get to know and support her team members.”