Graduation Year: 1988
Organization: Trillium Health Partners
Title: VP, Patient Care Services, and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario
My experiences at King’s and my practicum connected me to my very first job and to my Master’s degree. I wanted to get a Master’s degree and I wanted to work in a hospital. Through my placement, my experiences and my courses I was able to leverage these opportunities for my Master’s degree. I was able to get my first job which was in health care and now I’ve spent a career in this area.
King’s, and specifically the BSW, is what I call my special sauce. Being a social worker in a leadership role at an acute care hospital is a differentiator for me. Being able to bring the systems theory, the values, the group work experience, the course work and the practicum into what I do every day in a health care system is how I can make a difference. With my Social Work degree, I started by helping individuals then moving into progressive leadership positions levels have been able to help as a manager at the hospital I work in. Now, as the Vice-President of Patient Care Services and as the Regional Vice-President of Cancer Care Ontario I’m making a difference in the system. I have other degrees but it’s my Social Work degree that’s my true north. It’s really easy to make decisions when you know what your values are. I believe it all started with my BSW.