Collage of Fraser Health profiles
Written by Megan White and Elaine O’Connor, Communications and Public Affairs

Our staff have surprising stories. Get to know the real Humans of Fraser Health.

A medical health officer with a second life as a painter. 
An organizational development leader who moonlights as a published book author. 
A stroke survivor who says volunteering for Fraser Health gave him a new purpose.

These are just a few of the surprising stories of our staff who shared with us the human side of the health care providers you may see or work with every day, but may never really get the time to know.

Follow along this year in our Humans of Fraser Health series as we profile some of the amazing humans working in our health authority who bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Get to know the whole person behind the professional. We hope you too will be inspired to put more of yourself into your work – your passions, your personality and your unique perspectives.

Today, meet Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, Director, Leadership & Organizational Development.

Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, Director, Leadership & Organizational Development

“I was born in Germany and raised in Sierra Leone. I came to Canada to complete my undergraduate and graduate studies in leadership and organizational development. I love the idea of developing human potential and wanted to understand in particular what makes people thrive beyond adversity.

In health care, we’re facing complex questions that require thinking in transformative ways. Part of what I do as a social scientist is to help people think, be, and do things differently to accomplish the results they want. For me, nothing about my life is disconnected. There’s a lot of spiritual connection in what I do. When I am centered, I help others be centered; when I show up calm, I help bring order to chaos.

I’m also a writer. I’m often the one at a dinner party who’s asked where I’m from and I have a story collection, Identities, which was sparked by these questions. My identities include: African, Canadian, a woman of faith, a wife, a mother, a refugee, an immigrant, and a professional. I am all and none of those identities independently. My storytelling is about sharing fuller narratives that go beyond stereotypes to expand world views, restore humane ways of seeing others, and create transformational change.”

- Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, Director, Leadership & Organizational Development

Each week throughout 2018 we’ll share a new human story with you.

Read their stories in The Beat, browse a gallery of exceptional Fraser Health humans and comment on and share our stories on our Fraser Health social media channels on TwitterFacebook and Instagram with the hashtag #HumansofFraserHealth.

After you visit the gallery and read more from our series, please take our poll.

We also want to hear from you. Do you know an exceptional human of Fraser Health? Nominate them for our series at

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