Name: Courtney McLean
Title & Department: Administrative and Patient Flow Supervisor
On the WCH team for: 23 years
1. Why did you decide to join thee Pride Committee in such a meaningful capacity this year?
As a member of the community, I am so proud to work at such a visible and inclusive organization. I have been a member of the pride committee and/or marched every year. Each year, it grows, changes, becomes more inclusive and more visible for staff, patients, volunteers and community members, and I am honoured to be a member of the team.
2. What work makes WCH an inclusive place for 2SLGBTQ+ Communities?
It starts from the top. I can remember Heather McPherson, Jack Woodman and many other leaders of the organization, the foundation and the board being at committee meetings, speaking at events, marching and more. Representation and allyship matters. The rest flows from feeling safe with knowing that at all levels, you are seen, heard and we will stand together.
3. What is your greatest wish for 2023 as it relates to Pride Month and healthcare?
Our community partnerships bring a richness to our organization. I hope we can continue to find and close gaps through our constant learning, our fierce commitment and our courage to act.
4. Who is your 2SLGBTQ+ Pride role model? Why?
There are many who I have looked up over the years, but I would have to say. Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo.
I have seen her speak as an MPP, Minister and activist. She passed into law more pro-LGBTQ2+ legislation than anyone in Canadian history, performed the first legalized same sex marriage in Canada in 2001 and the list goes on. Her fiery passion taught me to lead with compassion and use my voice to be brave, and my privilege to be strong.