Instructor, Allied Health and Technologies (AHT)
Lynelle Yutani has resided in Victoria, BC as visitor to the communities of southern Vancouver Island that are the Traditional Territories of the Esquimalt, Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples since 2010. Lynelle spent two amazing years traveling on the territories of other Coast Salish, Okanagan, & Kootenai peoples in the rural BC Interior while working for the BC Cancer Agency’s Mobile Mammography Screening program. Lynelle’s ancestry is of Ainu and Japanese from her father’s lineage and mixed Anglo-Norse from her mother’s lineage. Lynelle’s pronouns are she, her, hers. Each day she walks in gratitude for the privilege of living, learning, working, playing, and thriving on these un-ceded territories.
Lynelle immigrated to Canada from the United States of America for the promise of true love & adventure; and has never been disappointed by either. She most recently had resided the on Arapaho, and Cheyenne territories known as Wyoming, and grew up mainly on Apsaalooké (Crow), Michif Piyii (Métis), and Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ) lands common to all the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux) plains peoples. Lynelle describes herself as being “a prairie girl”; although Island Life suits her perfectly - which she attributes to her ancestry (on both sides).
With a total of over 16 years in clinical practice in the US and Canada, this graduate of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah brings a unique cross-border perspective to Allied Health education at Camosun. Joining Camosun College in early 2012 to teach courses in the (then) brand new Medical Radiography Program, Lynelle taught radiographic procedures, pathology, image critique, and any supporting subjects needed. She also spent 7 years chairing the Allied Health & Technologies Department between 2014-2021.
Lynelle holds a ridiculous number of certifications including, a Masters in Radiologic Sciences, two Advanced Imaging baccalaureate degrees and practiced as a midlevel physician extender in central Wyoming for 6 years. After starting her health care career in the Ambulance Service as an EMT, she found her passion in Medical Imaging, earning certifications in X-ray, CT, Mammography, and Nuclear Medicine/PET. Lynelle also performed Fluoroscopic Imaging Exams, Interventional Breast Ultrasound, and Image Guided palliative care as a Radiology Practitioner Assistant. This wide variety of skills and experience qualifies her to teach courses across all Allied Health & Technologies programs.
Recently, Lynelle was elected as the President of the Camosun College Faculty Association (CCFA) for the 2021-22 Academic year. She is humbled by the profound trust and faith her many colleagues have placed in her. Lynelle hopes that together, all the members of the College can learn how to harness as many positive outcomes as possible in the post-pandemic learning scape that honours the challenges we’ve all had to overcome. She believes her service as the CCFA President to be a logical extension of her ongoing commitment to the College’s efforts in Reconciliation, decolonization, climate action, social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion for students and employees alike.
Lynelle happily lives in the downtown core with her family (the previously mentioned successful love interest, an adult child, and a yellow-crowned Amazon parrot named, Lonnie) in a “green” re-claimed condo. She spends most of her free time struggling to maintain her rooftop garden, playing video games badly, trying not to set off the fire alarm when baking gluten-free keto snacks, and learning to knit without swearing. Whenever possible, she enjoys all the amazing fringe benefits of living within walking distance of the ocean AND the mountains; like eating fresh Pacific salmon, kayaking, and hiking – all on the same day.