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Meet Katharine Casey

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Job Title

Senior Manager, Client and Partner Strategies 

Department | Campus 

MedIT | Vancouver General Hospital 

How long have you worked at the Faculty of Medicine? 

Seven years. A “youngen” compared to others who have been here in the double digits.  

Tell us what you do at the Faculty in one or two sentences: 

I collaborate with our Health Authority and University partners to deliver IT services to staff, faculty and learners. 

What’s your favourite thing about your work? 

I believe we are unifying a province through the collective education of our health care professionals. It is a privilege to be part of such a noble effort and to work with equally dedicated and awe-inspiring people. 

One thing we might be surprised to learn about you? 

I am uncomfortable in social situations. 

What is the song you sang out loud as a teenager? 

The soundtrack to Les Miserables. My parents loved this musical so much, we attended as a family three times and wore out three tapes (yes, cassette tapes) while taking summer road trips. My husband is astounded that I can sing the entire soundtrack to this day.  

What makes you laugh? 

Stuart McLean’s short story, Dave Cooks the Turkey, as read by Stuart McLean himself. It’s a full body workout listening to that story – cheeks sore, belly aching, and eyes streaming with tears. We lost a Canadian icon with the passing of Stuart McLean in February 2017. 

One thing on your desk you brought from home? 

A clock made from Nova Scotian crystal given to me by my former manager.

Most healthy habit 

I love cycling and introducing people to cycling. In 2016, I organized and led a team of 12 cyclists (new adopters to seasoned riders) to train for the Whistler Gran Fondo. All team members completed the Fondo and the number of MedIT cycling enthusiasts has only grown.

What is your favourite vacation spot and why? 

Until I see the world in its entirety, I won’t be able to choose my favourite. I travel to be exposed to different cultures and ways of life. It has broadened my way of thinking and how I perceive people and situations.