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We are IH: Sarah LaFleur

We are IH: Sarah LaFleur

We are IH is a recognition campaign to spotlight Interior Health employees and medical staff – through pictures and stories.


Name: Sarah LaFleur
(prev. Donnelly)
Job Title: Coordinator, Clinical Student Placement
Years of Service: 2.5Worksite: Community Health & Services Centre
Community: Kelowna

Ancestral Territory: “Syilx” (Saay-ilks) / Okanagan Interior Salish

Favourite Quote: 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment or the smallest
act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” 

-Leo Bscaglia

Since receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) in 2004, Sarah LaFleur knew she wanted to support and work with nursing students. So, Sarah’s work today is a perfect blend of her aspirations and work experience.

Born and raised in Alberta, Sarah’s background includes teaching post-secondary BSN students,
bed-side nursing in acute care and managing long-term care in remote northern Alberta.

It’s the expertise of coordinators like Sarah that advances health-care education in B.C.

The Coordinator, Clinical Student Placement is responsible to liaise, strategize, support, facilitate and coordinate all placements for post-secondary students that require practicums to receive their credentials. In 2020, IH hosted 5,103 students. In fact, of all the health authorities in B.C., IH places the second-highest number of students each year.

An independent and resourceful individual who enjoys a challenge, there’s nothing that makes Sarah feel prouder than when she’s able to negotiate a declined clinical student placement in to an acceptance.

Never one to stay at rest, Sarah is looking forward to finishing her Master’s in Nursing degree. Additionally, in her free time, you can find her quilting and crocheting in the beautiful city of Kelowna.


Sarah’s nomination keeps the We Are IH loop going:

“I recommend Aneta D’Angelo, Director, Clinical Education, because she does tremendous work in her portfolio of clinical education, including Clinical Student Placements, Employed Student Nurse (ESN)/New Grad (NG), and Specialty Education. I believe raising awareness for the
Professional Practice Office is important and the work we do is valuable.”
– Sarah LaFleur


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