Olivia Chifokoyo
Written by Elaine O’Connor, Senior Consultant, Communications and Public Affairs

"I was drawn to health care as a young girl as my sister and aunt were nurses. How they brought people back to life fascinated me."

“I was drawn to health care as a young girl as my sister and aunt were nurses. How they brought people back to life fascinated me. In Zimbabwe, I worked for years with the World Health Organization, the Canadian High Commission and national Parliament. I travelled to several African countries, plus Germany, Italy, the U.K. Life was good until the currency fell and professionals left.

I came to Canada in 2007 and worked for St. Joseph’s Home Care in Ontario. I visited Vancouver in August 2010 and it was so beautiful by October I was here and I started this job in January 2011. My role is to make our department’s work flow with attention to detail, efficiency, reliability and confidentiality as I support management.

I have five sons, tall, handsome guys. They keep me young and laughing. Three live in the U.S.; the youngest lives with me in Surrey. I lost my second son at 21 in a car accident. My fourth had a kidney transplant in 2014. I lost four siblings too. I’ve written about all these experiences. I love writing. I don’t talk much. I’m an introvert. 

I’ll be 65 soon: I feel good. I have six grandchildren. Weekends I listen to audio books, watch talk shows – I love The View – and news, and I love to dance. I’m hoping in retirement I’ll get myself a waterfront cottage and write books.”

– Olivia Chifokoyo, Administrative Assistant, Information Management and Information Technology, Central City Office

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