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We are IH: Sarah Wozniak

We are IH: Sarah Wozniak

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

Name: Sarah Wozniak (she/her)Job Title: Benefit Advisor Lead
Years of Service: Less than a yearWorksite: Community Health & Services Centre
Community: KelownaAncestral Territory: “Syilx” (Saay-ilks) / Okanagan Interior Salish
Favourite Quote: “You cannot control everything that happens to you; you can only control the way you respond to what happens. In your response is your power.”

Sarah Wozniak is an outgoing, adventure-seeking, lifelong learner who is passionate about helping people. This description makes her role in Human Resources (HR) the perfect fit.

A proud Métis woman, working in HR allows Sarah to engage with people from all walks of life that are pursuing their own passions.

“In my role with IH, I’m ultimately supporting medical
professionals who are working extremely hard on the front line for our local communities during a global pandemic.
That’s powerful, and very motivating!”

Sarah started with IH in October 2020. Her proudest moment (so far!) was speaking to 170 HR team members in January on the Benefit department’s accomplishments and upcoming projects. Even though she was still in learning mode, Sarah was excited to provide a sneak peek into all the incredible work being done by the team, the real impact of the work they are doing, and to highlight her gratitude for her colleagues.

“I’m looking forward to gaining more technical knowledge and understanding of our team and IH’s processes! There is so much to learn and some complex tasks that I can’t take on just yet.”

With her passion about people and culture, leadership, development and engagement, Sarah’s long-term goal is to join the HR management team at IH. Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Business Management with a major in Human Resources from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She also recently obtained her Chartered Professionals in Human Resources designation and is going to back to school part-time for her Master of Business Administration through Thompson Rivers University.

When she isn’t working or learning, Sarah enjoys getting outside, painting, reading, photography and adventuring with her loved ones.

Photo captions: Above left: Sarah’s favourite local café in Kelowna, Karat Chocolate Boutique & Café. “If you are downtown and looking to treat yourself or a friend, the specialty drinks and desserts are always outstanding!” Above right: “Oranj Fitness has been my home away from home since moving to Kelowna from Calgary. It is where I feel a strong sense of community and holds a special place in my heart; somewhere that helped grow my network and gain incredible friendships.”

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

“Dominique Frost is warm, welcoming, hard-working and fun person to be around! She is also new to Interior Health but still really embodies: ‘every person matters.’ I think it would be great to introduce Dominique to a broader group given that she has been working from home for the majority of her time at IH. I would like to know more about her too!” – Sarah Wozniak

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