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Meet Shirley Imperial: FH Recycling Champion

Recycling Champion: Shirley Imperial
Health Authority: Fraser Health (FH)          
Facility: Surrey Memorial Hospital
Position: Pharmacist                                                           
Interview date and time: By email, July 4th, 2017

Shirley is a Recycling Champion in Pharmacy at Surrey Memorial Hospital. We chatted about her recent endeavour to improve recycling in her work place.


Q.     What initiated your involvement as a recycling champion?

I made a new year’s resolution that I wanted to live a more environmentally sustainable life.  I made changes at home to ensure proper recycling would take place, but noticed that, when I would come to work, there were things that could use some improvement.  I wanted to ensure that I was as eco-friendly as I could be in all aspects of my life (both at work and at home) so I contacted the Green+Leaders [in my department] to see what else I could do.


Q.     What has been your biggest challenge yet?

Educating others on proper recycling and what items go in which container.  I believe that one of the biggest reasons that people don’t recycle is that they don’t know where to put things. I know I had the same problem in the past.  Once I educated myself, it made the whole recycling process a lot easier than I had originally thought.


Q.     How is recycling related to health care?

I think that recycling and health care go hand in hand. As health care providers, it is our duty to ensure that patients receive the best quality of care possible and providing a clean and sustainable environment should be a part of that care. 


Q.     What are your future goals as a recycling champion?

I hope to be able to recruit as many people as possible to try to implement small changes in their lives to be a little more green. Every little effort counts and hopefully, small changes will lead to larger changes later on.