Marliese was born and raised on the unceded traditional territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Marliese comes to IRSI having spent the past twenty years working in research management in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, having direct experience in research grant application, facilitation and administration on over 70+ projects.
Indigenous engagement has been a theme that has been woven throughout her career. As an undergraduate, she completed a one-year clinical practicum in cross-cultural psychiatry, where she was part of the Aboriginal Healthcare Committee. She designed and implemented a database that was used by the Vancouver-Richmond Health Board to facilitate the assessment of cultural competency in Aboriginal healthcare. More recently, she collaborated with Indigenous stakeholders at UNBC to adapt breast cancer prevention education slides for local Indigenous groups in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner. She has completed the PHSA San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program.
Marliese is known for being highly effective at building and maintaining key relationships/partnerships with community members, faculty, diverse department/agency representatives, government officials, health authorities, granting agencies, NGOs and associated stakeholders. She is very much looking forward to developing collaborative partnerships at IRSI.