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  • Writer's pictureRiley Gettens

Question #2 - What is your experience/background?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018

Throughout my career, I have advocated, worked for and worked with local and provincial governments and have a proven reputation as a community engagement specialist.

Currently I have an amazing part-time role as a Family Physician Recruitment and Community Engagement Specialist for the Division of Family Practice South Okanagan Similkameen. I love this role because I get to recruit family doctors to move to the South Okanagan and engage with community on physician recruitment and retention initiatives.

I graduated from the University of Calgary in 1997 with a BA in Social Anthropology and focused on international relations and business. Throughout my career, I have effectively advocated, worked for and worked with local and provincial governments. I have a proven reputation as a community engagement specialist. Some of my experience includes:

Coordinated a provincial initiative to improve quality of care for children and youth suffering from mental health and substance use issues. I facilitated regional meetings attended by physicians, social workers, ministry staff, families and youth w MHSU experience and even families who lost a child to mental health and substance use.

As you can imagine, a group of people with very different experiences and with very strong opinions. It was through my engagement skills that each person was heard and actively participated in the project resulting in new communication tools for family physicians to use with their young patients. Those tools have since spread province-wide.

As an Economic Development Consultant for the City of Penticton, I successfully advocated the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation for funding to help address a labour shortage in Penticton's industrial sector. I also oversaw communication and community engagement projects on behalf of the City, the Downtown Penticton Association an the United Way.

In my spare time, I am a bit of a policy and government nerd...

From 2011 - 2014, I was a member of the Community and Business Development Committee for the City of Penticton.

For the last year and a half, I volunteered as a member of our area’s Official Community Plan Advisory Group for the RDOS.

Since 2014, I have been on the steering committee for 100 Women Who Care which is part of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.


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