Irene Haigh-Gidora, Community Health Services

Irene Haigh-Gidora on the streetIrene Haigh-Gidora is the Manager of Community Health Services for the Victoria Cool Aid Society. Irene has worked for over 30 years with the homeless and marginalized population in community health settings in Winnipeg and Victoria.

Irene developed and continues to manage the Cool Aid Community Health Centre comprised of a Medical Clinic and Dental Clinic employing 37 multidisciplinary staff, including seven doctors, advanced practice nurses, pharmacist, dentist, dental hygienist and alcohol and drug counsellors who provide assessment, treatment, counselling and referrals to the downtown street population. She also manages Cool Aid’s REES program (Resources, Education, Employment & Support) which partners with mental health consumers to provide services to aid clients in managing their mental illness.

Irene is a seasoned leader who effectively manages a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in a very dynamic environment. She brings grace, compassion and caring to her work and is well respected by clients, staff and volunteers.

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