Splatsin Health Department
Phone Number: (250) 838-9538 | Fax Number: (250) 838-9548

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Judy Maas, Interim Director

email: [email protected]


 Marla Turner, Administrative Support


“I’m continually learning and each day is different from the last.  I’m grateful to work here and enjoy spending time with staff and community very much.”



Marla grew up in Salmon Arm (Ranchero/Deep Creek area) and has lived here all of her life.  She is of Scottish ancestry and is the third generation of her family living on Turtle Island.

Marla has two children ages 12 and 14.  She likes to read and learn about self-development and different perspectives.  She enjoys swimming, and biking and also doing nothing at all! For many years, she taught swimming, first-aid and fitness at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre. Marla also worked as an assistant librarian at the Okanagan Regional Library.

Marla helps the Health Department by managing financial information, annual reports and keeping track of budget expenditures.  You may wish to connect with Marla if you would like to know more about the Health and Wellness funding or if you want to give feedback or input on future services or programs offered by the Health department.

Recently, Marla completed her bachelor degree in Health and Community Services through the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. The focus of her studies was on Indigenous people’s health.

Marla works at the Health Centre Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm.


Judy Thomas, Patient Travel Coordinator

“By coordinating my clients’ transportation to and from their medical appointments in a safe and organized manner it makes less stress for my community members.”



Judy grew up in Enderby and Splatsin.  She is of Native and Scottish ancestry. Her family has been born and raised in Splatsin from generation to generation.  Judy has a wonderful partner and together they have four amazing children.

Judy coordinates all local and long distance travel to and from medical appointments for on reserve Splatsin members.  You may wish to connect with Judy if you need a ride to and from a medical appointment or to coordinate long distance travel to a specialist appointment.  Judy can also assist you with BC Care Card forms, medical coverage application forms, non-insured health benefits information, ambulance bills and injury prevention.

Judy works at the Health Centre Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm


Laura HockmanCommunity Resource Worker

Hi everyone!

I am very pleased to introduce myself as the new Community Resource Worker.  My position has two areas of emphasis, first working with people to support them in goal planning, resource referral, and furthering their life skills. Second, developing an integrated case management system across all departments to better support community members.

I am a Registered Social Worker, I completed my BSW in 1999 and in 2010 attained my Master’s In Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies.  Before being hired here, I worked for 14 yrs at a non-profit disability resource centre in Vernon as the Executive Director.  My community and volunteer work include President of the Board for the First Nations Friendship Centre in Vernon and the Secretary of the Executive Committee for the BC Association of Friendship Centres.

I am Gitksan from Gitanmaax, near Old Hazelton in northern BC.  I am from the wolf clan and both of my maternal grandparents were hereditary chiefs.  My traditional name is Als K’Wootxw, meaning solar eclipse.  I have 3 dogs named Kilo, Nightmare & Armegeddon who keep me active and entertained.

My office is in the Health building, so please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself or ask a question!

Laura Hockman, BSW, RSW, M.A.

Community Resource Worker


PH:     250-838-9538 Ext. 305

CELL:  250-306-7931

Fax:    250-838-9548

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Adeline Simpson, Personal Care Attendant


“I value and honour Elders.  I love to be able to be able to be a part of the Elders’ lives.  I also have a passion to teach other healthy cooking skills.”




Adeline was raised in Golden, BC and is of Scottish, English, Irish and German ancestry.  Her family has been on Turtle Island for five generations. She raised both of her children in the Salmon Arm area.  Adeline is the grandmother of two children and she is very passionate about their lives.

As the Home Support Worker, Adeline’s role is to help support the Elders and all community members to stay healthy so they can live at home for as long as they can.  To do this Adeline helps with bathing, homecare support, foot care and accessing assistive devices.

You may also wish to connect with Adeline because she loves to cook and share her skills with others and she has knowledge about land and what it provides.  Adeline does workshops on canning, food skills, as well as, Elder awareness and a foot care clinic.

Adeline works at the Health Centre Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.


Stewart Johnston, Addiction and Wellness Worker

“I am honoured to be a part of the Splatsin Health Team working towards freedom from the effects of addiction by looking and learning about the root causes, such as, PTSD, depression, mental health issues, intergenerational trauma.”


Stewart is from Cumberland, Scotland.  Stewart is a father and grandfather.  He enjoys being on the land, paddling, swimming and flying both kites and paragliders.

As the Addictions Worker, Stewart provides insight and guidance to the health team and community members working towards healing the root causes of the need to self-medicate.  You may wish to connect with Stewart if you need information or support in dealing with your own or someone else’s substance abuse issue. Stewart brings with him 25 years of providing services to individuals, families, organizations and communities related to addiction   Stewart provides empathy  trust, honesty, a confidante, non-judgment, knowledge  towards individuals, family members and community leaders struggling with the effects of substance abuse in their community.

Stewart also coordinates a number of groups and community events including Wellbriety (Wednesdays 7-9pm), Grief Circle (every other Thursday 6-8pm), Driving program, Restorative Justice Committee (monthly meetings), Mens Group (quarterly meetings) and National Addictions Awareness Week (3rd week in November).

Stewart has received certification as an Addiction Counsellor, an Aboriginal Addiction and Wellness Worker and in negotiating and mediation.  He has also completed a Trauma Program and training in crisis intervention.

Stewart works at the Health Centre Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Melanie Marchand RN, BSN, Community Health Nurse

“I believe the strengths lie within the individual, the family, and the community.  My role is to support and help to facilitate a process to help individuals reach their health goals by providing tools, resources and linkages to services.”



Mel is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band from Vernon, BC.  She is of Syilx, Secwepemc, Norwegian and Swedish ancestry.  Mel’s connection to this territory brings her closer to her Secwepemc roots. She is the mother of a very active nine year old boy and she loves to spend time outdoors hiking and paddling.

As the Community Health Nurse, Mel’s role within the Health Department is to provide Health Prevention/Promotion Programs based on community’s needs, wants, desires, priorities and integrating local culture.   In her clinical role she focuses on communicable disease, pre-post natal care, infant assessment, and child and adult health.  You may wish to connect with Mel if you are pregnant (please see her as early as possible), you just had a baby, your baby/child is due for immunizations, you are due for any adult immunizations, you need a tuberculosis skin test (for work/school/going to treatment), you have any questions about sexual health or if you need harm reductions supplies.

Mel helps run the Around the Kitchen Table women’s group every Monday from 3:30-6:30pm at the Health Centre, the Community Lunch on the last Wednesday of every month, Family Night on the last Thursday of every month from 5-7pm and the Lifetime of Learning for Parents group every Tuesday from 1-4pm at the Health Centre.

Mel is a Registered Nurse (RN).  She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is certified in BCCDC Immunization Competency.

Mel works at the Health Centre Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. Her door is always open.  Please stop by if you ever have any questions.  She is also available to do home visits upon request.



Michelle Webster, Youth Worker Manager


Jessica Kent, Splatsin Health Wellness Worker



“I believe that the values and priorities of the community must guide the Health Centre in order for it to respond to the needs of Splatsinaca in ways that are safe and effective.”




Jessica is from Roberts Creek, BC (Sechelt territory) and is of mostly Irish ancestry.  Her family has been on Turtle Island for six or seven generations.  Jessica lives in this area because her husband grew up in Armstrong and they moved back here to raise their family.  She recently became a mom to a sweet little boy.  She is passionate about strengthening community interdependence and Indigenous philosophies of health and wellness.


Jessica’s role at the Health Centre is to work with community members and families to help them resolve crisis and work towards their goals.  You may wish to meet with Jessica if you need help with your living situation, navigating the health care system, accessing resources within our community, navigating government programs and services, and food security.  If you have ideas of programs or services you would like to see in the Splatsin community Jessica would like to help you to create this.

Jessica has recently completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree where she focused primarily in the area of health.  She has also completed an Aboriginal Studies Certificate, training in Indigenous Cultural Competency, and has an advanced diploma in Independent Digital Filmmaking.

Jessica works at the Health Centre Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1pm to 4:30pm.

Adrienne Lewis,Home Care Nurse

“I approach my role as I would like someone to look after my family members.”



Adrienne was born in the Okanagan and spent a considerable part of her youth on Westside.  She is of Welsh and English ancestry.  Adrienne currently lives in Coldstream with her husband Richard.  She is the mother of three boys, Ethan, Luke and Rowyn. Adrienne enjoys participating in triathlon sports.

Adrienne facilitates the Splatsin/Interior Health Authority roundtable, and is coordinating the upcoming Splatsin/Vernon Jubilee Hospital Cultural Walkthroughs.  She is enjoying working with the health staff here at Splatsin and getting to know community members.

Adrienne’s role within the Health Department is as the Home and Community Care Nurse, however, she also leads discussions between Splatsin and the Interior Health Authority (IHA) with regards to the care Splatsin community members receive at Vernon Jubilee Hospital (VJH). To that end upon request she assists with case conferences for community members. Adrienne is working to expand access to hospital health information systems for Splatsin nurses to better care for those who would like nursing services once discharged.  You may wish to connect with Adrienne if you or a family member would like:

a home care nurse assessment

support during a hospital stay

homecare following your discharge


Starting her nursing career at 21 Adrienne spent most of her career working in Emergency and Intensive care. She began working in First Nations communities 15 years ago and has worked in most of the remote communities in BC providing both primary and home and community care services. Adrienne is now working on her research on Culturally Safe nursing care to complete her Masters in Nursing and Health Information Science.

Adrienne works at the Health Centre three days per week.

Salena Cook, Dental Assistant, Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI) Program

I’m Salene Sakusi7t from Splatsin (Salena Webb Cook)

I have worked with the Co-Hi program since it began, which is a free program offered by Health Canada to First Nations children 0-7 and mothers to be. I have learned so much in the past few years about dental care and how important it is. I have been married for 18 years, and I have 5 children. We recently moved back to the community 3 years ago. We love it! I hope that I will see you come and see all we have to offer at the Health Center.




Rennie F. Genaille, Mental Health Counsellor/Therapist (outside contractor)






Rennie is originally from Saskatewan but has lived in the Okanagan for 15 years.  He is Seaulteaux and his wife’s family is Okanagan.  Rennie is passionate about counselling and teaching, as he is a sessional instructor at Thompson Rivers University in the Social Work program.


Rennie works with the Health Centre to provide mental health counselling and therapy with a client focused, aboriginal approach.  You may wish to meet with Rennie if you are seeking mental health counselling, want help dealing with an emotional issue in your life, family/marital conflict, or have been impacted by historical trauma, such as, residential school experiences .

Rennie also provides community workshops on topics, such as, grief and loss, acceptance and forgiveness, and communication skills.

Rennie works at the Health Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays.