Leader, Strategic Initiatives, Indigenous Health
Jessica (t’łisala) Guss joined the Council in September 2022.
Jessica is of mixed ancestry that includes the Haida, Xaxli’p, Xwisten and Squamish Nations as well as mixed European descent. Her traditional name is t’łisala (Kwak\’wala, for ‘brings light to others’).
Jessica has 20+ years of experience in Business Administration Management, including 8+ years working in Indigenous health and wellness. Jessica has the ability to evaluate the performance of cultural safety initiatives including the development and documentation of data in alignment with provincial measures and indicators. Experience with reviewing, recommending and development of new policies by ensuring that cultural safety is a core attribute of quality healthcare through standardization of key practices. Jessica’s work experience and skills includes project management, leadership, engagement, meeting facilitation, cultural humility teaching, film and video coordination and content development, survey design and dissemination, data collection and document control, public speaking, quality improvement and much more.