Our People prioritywas established as part of Providence’s Mission: Forward strategic plan to inspire people and teams, so that we can attract the best and brightest and support them to flourish. The Working Well series aims to profile PHC staff and medical staff who are living wellness at work.

By sharing how your colleagues embrace wellness at work, we hope that this series is just one of the ways you feel supported to flourish at Providence. If you are looking for wellness resources currently available, please refer to this one-pager. Because the better we feel at work, the better we are able to care for others.

Today we are profiling Emily Zamora, Professional Practice co-Lead, and Clinical Resource Dietitian with Clinical Nutrition Services.

Emily Zamora

Emily with her family during a cross country ski trip this year.

What does wellness mean to you?

Currently, wellness means work-life balance.

What is one of your wellness goals?

To leave work on time (not always easy). I could name more: drink more water, enjoy a snack and tea break during the day, get outside daily for a bit of fresh air.

What do you do during your work day (and at home) to achieve wellness?

Work has gotten very busy, and there is a lot of sitting/Zoom time.  To achieve wellness during the work day, I have been very intentional in limiting the amount of lunch-hour meetings that I have been scheduling for both myself and my team to allow for a break, either to connect with colleagues or to get outside for fresh air. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back Zoom meetings are too much.

Do you have a wellness tips for staff/your colleagues?

Make a point to connect with a colleague, go for lunch, coffee, a walk. Better yet, connect with someone new! We work with amazing colleagues and positive connection really can contribute to wellness.

Providing the best care to the people we serve is dependent on our own health and wellness. We are working to deliver a comprehensive Staff and Medical Staff Wellness Action Plan, to help us create a healthy and safe work environment where everyone can flourish. If you have a wellness idea that could make a big difference to you and your colleagues, please send it to Ideas: Forward. If you have questions about this plan or feedback on wellness at PHC, please be in touch: missionforward@providencehealth.bc.ca.