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  • Introducing the IMP's new Executive Assistant to the Regional Associate Dean

    Jun 28, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    We are pleased to introduce Kyla Patterson, the new Executive Assistant to Dr. Bruce Wright, Regional Associate Dean, IMP and Head, DMS.

    Kyla comes to us from the UVic Faculty of Law, where she's worked as the Law Careers Assistant for the past three years. Kyla also has experience as an office manager for a busy chiropractor in Victoria, and as a Teaching Assistant with the UVic Geography department.

    We asked Kyla a few questions to learn a little bit more about her.

    It looks like you've had an interesting work history: UVic's Faculty of Law, a chiropractic office, as a teaching assistant. How has each of those experiences helped you hone your skills?

    I view learning as a lifelong endeavor, and I'm driven to develop and master new skill-sets. Working in a variety of fields has allowed me to hone my skills in managing information, project and task management, communication, and teamwork. In my roles as the Law Careers Assistant and as the Office Manager for Progressive Chiropractic, I worked to create and maintain respectful and friendly working relationships with the students and patients, as well as positive and cooperative team dynamics.

    What kind of teaching were you involved in?

    As a teaching assistant for undergraduate geography courses, I independently instructed and graded the laboratory components for surveying and remote sensing classes.

    What are you looking forward to at the IMP?

    As the daughter of a General Practitioner, a former office manager of a chiropractor, and a former athlete with, now, long-term injuries, I have an innate passion for working in a medical-related career. I look forward to being a part of the collaborative and friendly environment at the Island Medical Program, and to contributing to the high caliber of service that the program offers its students.

    What are some of your hobbies and interests?

    I love to hike, travel, and explore! I've been very fortunate to visit many countries in Europe and South America, as well as having helicoptered into the remote back country of beautiful British Columbia while helping with glacier research. I also enjoy indoor time playing strategic board games, watching movies, and cuddling with my cat.


    Kyla is replacing Katie Gerritsen, who will be moving over to fill Claire Abanto’s shoes as part-time Executive Assistant to Waheeda Esmail, Administrative Director, IMP, and Dr. Laura Farrell, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program, IMP. Claire will be on Maternity Leave on July 26 (or maybe sooner!) Alisha Lemmen, who job-shares the Executive Assistant position with Claire/Katie, will be continuing in her role.