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Inspired by her parents’ commitment to volunteering for community safety, Kathy Harms began her career as a volunteer firefighter, later entering the health field and serving as a paramedic for 17 years.

As a long-standing executive member of a humanitarian non-governmental organization, Ms. Harms developed a passion for supporting interdisciplinary care teams through interprofessional practice education.

In her role as Director of the Health Sciences Division at JIBC, she has been a champion of high-calibre post-secondary education that equips its graduates for success as both health professionals and leaders.

Kathy earned her master of arts degree in health leadership from Royal Roads University. In 2013, she became an accreditation surveyor with the Canadian Medical Association and later, Accreditation Canada.​