Southern Health-Santé Sud Board of Directors June 2021 Meeting Highlights

Sacred Moment

Board member Desmond Leen shared a poem by Michael Rosen called These are the Hands. The poem exemplifies the impact and influence of the work that health care providers share with each of us. The pandemic has proven the tremendous value and bravery of our staff as they enter precarious work places each day and return home carrying the weight and risk along with them. 

Audit Committee of the Whole

The Southern Health-Santé Sud Board of Directors approved the 2020-2021 audit report of the financial statements as presented by Deloitte.

Finance Committee of the Whole

Ken Klassen presented the first monthly report for our 2021/2022 fiscal year. Revenue and expenses are mostly in line with expectations with a small surplus noted. COVID-19 expenses are higher than anticipated because of the ongoing impact of Wave 3 of the pandemic.

Every Child Matters -  Honoring the Children

Southern Health-Santé Sud acknowledges the legacy of residential schools and the harm and discrimination experienced by Indigenous people.  As an organization, we aim to embrace the distinct cultural knowledge, practices and traditions of Indigenous Peoples and to continue efforts to strengthen relationships with the Indigenous communities and peoples whom we serve.

In solemn joint mourning for the lives of 215 children found recently Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in western Canada and the potential for more children to be discovered, the Southern Health-Santé Sud Board of Directors affirms our commitment in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action (18-24). We expect our programs, our services and our staff to provide culturally safe, high quality health care that is free of racism for Indigenous people with increased opportunities for Indigenous leadership by continuing our strong and cherished partnerships with the 7 First Nation communities in our region. 

In honoring these children, we encourage you to please take care of yourselves, in order to take care of others. A 24-hour National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available to former residential school students and those affected, and can be accessed by calling 1-866-925-4419.

Annual Public Meeting

Southern Health-Santé Sud’s 2021 Annual Public Meeting has been set for Wednesday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m. Registration for the virtual event will be distributed and posted closer to the date.


The next regular Southern Health-Santé Sud Board of Directors Meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. For more information, please visit Board Meetings.