Cowichan Valley teams work collaboratively with Rural, Remote and Indigenous communities

Posted on: February 16, 2021

During the month of January, Rural, Remote, and Indigenous communities across the Cowichan Valley successfully worked together with Primary Care, Public Health, Community Health Services, the FNHA and Island Health's dedicated Medical Health Officers, including Dr. Charmaine Enns and Dr. Shannon Waters, to reduce transmission and maintain safety while communities experienced a high prevalence of COVID-19.  

We are grateful that at this time the case volumes continue to be managed effectively and seem to be reducing within the Cowichan Valley. 

We would like to highlight that this is because of the extraordinary efforts that have been made and extend our deepest gratitude to the all of the amazing staff, physicians and teams, but in particular, Dr. Enns and Dr. Waters whose leadership has been unwavering. 

This strong partnership and recognition of the work was also shared by Geoff Bachman who provided permission for his recognition of Dr. Enns to be shared:

Dr Enns,

I cannot say how thankful I am for the supports offered by everybody within VIHA, including yourself. I appreciate the time, effort, and education you injected into this situation. It's comforting to know VIHA genuinely cares for the people of Vancouver Island. 

I also want to praise the epidemiology and contact tracing teams for the tireless work that they do as well, from a management standpoint that information was essential in how we conducted business, and allowed for planning ahead of the operational period we were in. 

A heartfelt thank you to all.  

Geoffrey Backman, CD

Halalt First Nation

Spill Response Coordinator