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Women’s College Hospital staff embrace change with positive spirit during a time of transition

August 19, 2013

From helping each other pack for the move to the new building, to supporting one another in their daily work, and adjusting to the new facility, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) staff have demonstrated what it means to lend a helping hand.

To recognize and honour those inspiring individuals, WCH launched the Change Champions initiative in May. The award acknowledges those who motivate others, rise above the daily pressure and maintain an infectious, positive attitude that helps everyone around them get through the challenges that change brings.

“Change Champions have sparked such a high level of positivity at WCH,” said Heather McPherson, vice-president, patient care and ambulatory innovation. “The nominees and winners have made working in their areas a better place through embracing novel ways of improvement. It’s been a delight awarding and listening to all of the inspiring things people are saying about one another.”

Throughout the summer, staff nominated their inspiring coworkers and explained what in their opinion makes him or her a Change Champion. This brought attention to the little things people do to support one another – things that aren’t always noticed in day-to-day activities. Positive attitudes, willingness to help, informative answers, smiling faces and leadership qualities were among reasons why people were nominated.

At the end of each month, two nominees were awarded with a framed certificate to recognize their exemplary contributions as well as a $50 gift certificate to Best Buy.

“I was honoured when I found out that I was selected as a winner in the Change Champion initiative,” said Matina Haralampous, program co-ordinator, department of mental health at WCH.  “Being a Change Champion is not accomplished through solo effort. I work with an amazing team and together our combined efforts allowed for a smooth and quick transition to the new building.”

Just like in May and June, there were an overwhelming number of nominations for July. Congratulations to our Change Champions winners for July:

  • Emily Edmondson, Dermatology Aide
  • Mei Lei Ling, Registered Nurse

Whether it was just a friendly smile, a comforting word, or a willingness to always listen and support, all of the Change Champions nominees made the transition to our new facility that much easier and inspired others in their daily work. Our Change Champions have encouraged individuals at WCH to be the best they can be. 

Congratulations to all of the Change Champions winners and nominees:

May Change Champions

  • Paula Fuller, Clinic Flow Co-ordinator
  • Matina Haralampous, Program Co-ordinator, Mental Health Program
  • Tania Hibbs, Clinic Flow Co-ordinator
  • Courtney McLean, Clinic Flow Co-ordinator
  • Therese Rowe, Clinic Flow Co-ordinator

June Change Champions

  • Grace Iantorno, Support Services Supervisor
  • John Petropoulos, Environmental Services Supervisor

July Change Champions

  • Emily Edmondson, Dermatology Aide
  • Mei Lei Ling, Registered Nurse

Change Champions Nominees

  • Marina Andric
  • Daphne Antonopoulos
  • Corwin Burton
  • Lynn Carter
  • Debbie Cock
  • Virginia Collins
  • Chandra Farrer
  • Lynn Foerster
  • Leslie Good
  • Christine Gordon
  • Paul Griffin
  • Karin Irwin
  • Fariaz Jaffar
  • Christine Jankowski & the Environmental Services Team
  • Douglas Johnston
  • Heather McPherson
  • Janelle Noel
  • Vicki Noguera
  • John Petropoulos
  • Maria Serraino
  • Luisa Starosa
  • Durwin Quan

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