Kimberley Thomas

M.Sc. Student, Health Sciences

Kimberley is a Master’s student of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and minor in Sociology from the University of Calgary.

Kimberley has spent several years volunteering for organizations working towards social justice in Canada. Her interest in rural medicine grew from her role as a patient support volunteer in palliative care at Foothills Country Hospice in Alberta, as well as through spending time visiting her father in Burns Lake, BC. Though building relationships with First Nations families while volunteering at the Calgary Urban Project Society in Calgary’s downtown core, she learned of the critical need to address pressing issues of inequity in the quality of healthcare for Indigenous peoples.

Kimberley’s collective experiences have driven her research interests in how to improve experience in healthcare for Indigenous peoples, specifically through overcoming barriers in communication between Indigenous patients and physicians.  She is very grateful to be a part of HARC and is excited to use health-based creative arts for holistic healing, knowledge-sharing, understanding and advocation for diverse communities in Northern British Columbia.