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We are IH: Tanja Stockmann

We are IH: Tanja Stockmann
Ski touring on Mount Lepsoe, part of the Seven Summits in the Kootenays.

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


Name: Tanja Stockmann (she/her)Job Title: Environmental Sustainability Manager
Years of Service: 8Worksite: Kootenay Boundary Area Office, Castlegar
Home Community: RosslandAncestral Territory: Syilx (Saay-ilks) / Okanagan Interior Salish and Ktunaxa (Tun-ah-hah) / Kootenay Ktunaxa
Favourite Quote: “If you look really closely, most overnight successes took a really long time.”
-Steve Jobs

Tanja has sound advice to live by: be patient and have faith in people. This makes sense, given her career in environmental sustainability. She’s gets her inspiration from the possibility of change and being part of that change.

“I chose this career because even small changes can make a difference and eventually, they all add up to make a real difference. Climate change is expected to change the health of our population, so anything we can do to limit climate change, hopefully will result in less changes to human health.”

Tanja reflects that one of her proudest moments at Interior Health is working with students from various environmental sustainability programs, who spend four months in their practicum. 

I’ve worked with some incredible students over the years and their energy and enthusiasm always regenerates me, gives me new perspectives, and enables me to learn more and share my experiences. I keep in touch with almost all of them and have watched their careers transition. Knowing I was a small part of their journey gives me a lot of satisfaction. It’s a huge privilege to be part of their lives.

Tanja hails from Ottawa, Ontario and moved to B.C. in 2013 for her position with Interior Health as Environmental Sustainability Manager. When not at work, she spends time outdoors, travelling by motorcycle, mountain biking, ski touring, alpine and XC skiing and hiking. Living in Rossland gives her very easy access to nature!

Tanja riding her BMW 750 GS.

Along with the outdoors, Tanja enjoys time with a paint brush in her hand painting scenes of people doing the same activities she loves to do.

I love painting – it uses the creative part of my brain, which also needs exercising some days. It’s a great way to unwind, get messy and laugh at the results.

Tanja’s passion for environmental sustainability has been a huge asset for Interior Health, as our organization works to limit the impacts health care has on the environment.

Looking ahead, Tanja is looking forward to travel beyond our borders and getting back to being around one another. 

Rossland range of the Monashee Mountains on route to a cabin.

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

I’d like to nominate Lorne Sisley, Corporate Director, Facilities Management and Operations. Lorne has been with IH for more than 10 years.
He’s held a few different roles during this time and her is an excellent leader.


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