Celebrating Black History & Futures Month: Meet Leonie Wizzard!

February 17, 2023

This Black History and Futures Month, we are spotlighting and celebrating our Black team and community members from across the organization as part of our We are Women’s series.

Name: Leonie Wizzard

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Title & Department: Administrative and Patient Flow Supervisor Crossroads Clinic and TAPMI Pain Clinic

On the WCH team for: 9 years

1. Why did you choose to work at Women’s College Hospital?

I chose to work at WCH to motivate, inspire and influence others through my past and ongoing experiences and leadership abilities. Working at WCH also provides me with the opportunity to continue pursuing my passion as a dynamic leader within the organization and expanding my skillsets through growth and education.

2. Why are Black History and Futures Months significant to you?

They are significant to me because of the sentimental values they hold and bring for those that have been oppressed and mistreated by society through injustice.

3. How has your Black heritage influenced your work in healthcare?

Having the ability to empower others by showing care, love, humility and respect for all cultures and ethnicities within the health sector is fulfilling and gratifying at all levels.

4. What do you perceive as the main challenge(s) for the Black community in healthcare, both as patients and providers?

From my perspective, the main challenges for Black communities in health care as patients or providers are the equity and cultural differences in treatment and administration of health care and services for patients and providers who believe or study different forms of healing techniques, healthcare, or medicine to support resolving a medical issue, particularly during a health crisis.

5. What is your greatest wish for 2023 as it relates to Black History and Futures Month and healthcare?

Liberation, neutralized indifferences, and proportional quality health care for everyone that needs the services and support, offered barrier free regardless of their background, culture, ethnicity, or skin colour.