Celebrating IWD: Meet Harikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Nair!

March 3, 2023

We are Women’s offers the WCH community a chance to get to know each other and share our stories. For International Women’s Day (IWD), we asked some of our staff what their vision for a gender equal future is and how they’re helping to build that future.

Name: Hari G. Nair                      

Pronouns: He/Him

Title & Department: Interim Clinical Manager, Family Practice | Physiotherapist, TAPMI | Co-Chair, Corporate Equity Committee

On the WCH team for: 5 years

1. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?

In my current role as Interim Clinical Manager at Family Practice, providing a positive patient experience centers around ensuring the efficient day-to-day operational flow of the primary care/family practice clinic. This helps patients meet with their care providers in a safe and caring environment to address their health concerns. It also involves providing an equitable and productive work environment for all our staff members that ensures patients have a positive experience whether seeking in-person or virtual care.

As a physiotherapist working with patients who have chronic pain, delivering patient centric care is at the heart of creating positive patient experiences. That involves active listening, timely addressal of patient needs, as well as co-creating actionable, pragmatic solutions to their concerns.

2. What excites you most about working at WCH?

The people and the culture at WCH. Where everyone is striving towards excellence and creating change, being part of revolutionizing healthcare in more ways than ever before. The work happening on equity, diversity, inclusion, indigeneity and social accountability is timely.

3. What is your vision for a gender equal future?

My personal vision for a gender equal future is celebrating, everyday, each individual who can freely express gender diversity and expression. That we will move beyond the need for days, weeks or months to acknowledge disparities because they will not exist! My vision, my hope and prayer are an equitable society and joy for future generations.

4. How are you helping to build that future, both at work and in your life?

To get to this vision, creating awareness, welcoming opportunities for conversation and pushing criticality in all spaces. By participating in days of observation including International Women’s Day to highlight women and celebrate women’s achievements. In addition, I use my social location and privilege as a cisgender male to fight for and with women’s rights and reinforce all gender equality commitments.

With this, I commit to embrace equity in all it forms – #EmbraceEquity

5. Who or what are you celebrating for International Women’s Day?

I’m celebrating all women, who no matter what their social location, still must face and valiantly navigate misogyny, patriarchy and oppression. And I am celebrating my beautiful wife, the strong women in my family, all my colleagues at work and beyond and honoring Mother Earth.

6. Tell us one to three things that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you!

I am who I am today because of the women in my life. And I could not have completed this questionnaire without the wise counsel of my wife 🙂