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Future leaders graduate from this year’s Rising Stars program

August 19, 2013

Women’s College Hospital’s Rising Stars program fosters the growth and development of tomorrow’s healthcare leaders through a unique 10-month learning and mentorship program.

“The Rising Star program gives countless opportunities for both participants and mentors to learn from each other, and craft their leadership skills,” said Jane Mosley, chief nursing executive, health disciplines and professional affairs at WCH, and one of the Rising Stars mentors. “I’m so proud of this year’s graduates and how they have embraced leadership opportunities.”

This year, seven WCH employees joined 20 other healthcare workers from Toronto Public Health and Saint Elizabeth Health Centre to develop their leadership skills and learn from experts in the healthcare industry.

“I’ve learned how to be a leader who encourages creativity, manages ideas and trusts others,” said Tania Obljubek, physiotherapist at WCH. “The Rising Stars program is a fantastic way to improve your skills and develop lasting relationships with staff in a variety of disciplines. I think it’s really important for all staff at WCH, especially those just starting here, to be given the opportunity to take part in this program.”

Rising Stars participants had a minimum of 14 days of formal learning including lectures, workshop sessions and discussions. Events were designed to foster growth, cultivate academic knowledge and practise professionalism in a healthcare setting. Participants also shared their experiences with each other and their mentors, and developed skills such as goal setting throughout the course of the program.

“All of the experiences from the Rising Stars program have helped me to be a better leader in every aspect of my job,” said Neil Jobanputra, pharmacist, WCH. “I’ve gained more than I ever expected from the program. The conversations I’ve had with my mentor and participants, who I now call friends, are invaluable to me.”

In June, the participants attended a formal graduation ceremony to conclude the 2012-2013 Rising Stars program. They will continue to nurture their relationships with each other and encourage those around them to take on leadership roles at WCH too.

Congratulations to this year’s graduates:

  • Leah Drazek
  • Neil Jobanputra
  • Andrea Messner
  • Jessica Ng
  • Tania Obljubek
  • Maura O’Keefe
  • John Petropolous

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