Kerry Baisley specializes in relations between patients/residents, family members and health care providers.
In 35 years, Kerry’s work has included interaction with a broad spectrum of clients in a wide range of settings. He worked with Emergency Child Welfare including time as the social worker on the Vancouver Police Department Car 86. He has extensive front line experience as a Social Worker in Long Term Care. He was a Social Development Officer in the Yukon with the federal government in the 1980s. He was the first Manager of Health Care Decisions with the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, where he played a major role in developing policies regarding Substitute Health Care Decision Making. Kerry retired as Director of Client Relations and Risk Management at Vancouver Coastal Health – Richmond.
Kerry’s early years in Manitoba developed his friendliness with people and a straight forward attitude towards problem-solving. Born as the second, by eighteen minutes, of twin sons to a Fireman father and an Operating Room Supervisor mother, he credits both nature and nurture for his ability to assess a situation quickly while being open to developing issues and concerns. Kerry believes that problem identification is at the heart of effective action and applies this philosophy to his work.
Kerry describes himself as naturally curious. He had the great opportunity to work as a student intern at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. This ignited his interest in different cultures and different ways of perceiving the world. In retirement, Kerry explored natural dyeing, felting and encaustic painting.
Since retirement, he has performed as a stand-up comedian and storyteller. He is also the Missioner for Indigenous Justice at the Diocese of New Westminster.
He left retirement and returned to Vancouver Coastal Health to work with staff and families on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.