DRHC celebrates five graduates from its inaugural Emerging Leaders Program

January 12, 2023

Five up-and-coming leaders have graduated from Dryden Regional Health Centre's first Emerging Leaders Program, which develops new leaders across the organization through formal training and skill-building.

"Congratulations to our first cohort of graduates from the Emerging Leaders Program," shared Doreen Armstrong-Ross, CEO. "Through this program, each graduate made the time-intensive commitment to developing invaluable leadership skills that will help them grow and flourish in their career."

The Emerging Leaders Program participants were nominated based on the criteria of demonstrating accountability, professional conduct, good communication, and mentorship. Facilitated by external learning and development experts, participants worked through asynchronous modules and live training sessions to build and expand their leadership skills and knowledge.

"In today's job market, retention is top-of-mind and it has become increasingly important to invest in exemplary employees who demonstrate leadership qualities," said Siobain Moore, VP - Support Services/HR. "In the spring, we launched the Emerging Leaders Program to empower our up-and-coming leaders to develop their people skills with formal training and education."

On December 13th, 2022, the following five staff members successfully graduated from the 9-month Emerging Leaders Program:

Deana Valley, Manager of Clinical Information services has worked at the DRHC for 3 years. Deana is instrumental in the DRHC Standards of Behaviour, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She began at the DRHC as a Clinical Information Technician, and has completed her HIM Education and moved her current role.

Carol Ann Ryan, Nurse Manager has worked at the DRHC for 2 years. She has worked on the East Unit as a Registered Nurse, and now a Nurse Manager overseeing both the East Unit and the Emergency Department. Carol Ann is a member of the Nursing management team, Operations Team and committed to being a BPSO project lead!

Ashley Chernosky, Mental Health Therapist has worked at the DRHC for over 4 years in a number of roles. Ashley has worked as a Mobile Crisis Worker and now she is in the role of Mental Health Therapist. She is a key member of the DRHC Reward and Recognition Committee, planning a recognition event every year for the staff.

Logan Waller, Communication & Board Liaison has worked at the DRHC for 2 years alongside the Executive team and the Board of Directors. He is a key member of the Workplace of Choice team, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Operations Team.

Crystal Rollins, Nurse Manager has worked at the DRHC for 12 years. Crystal Has worked in East Unit in a variety of RPN roles including RPN, Ambulance Escort, Fracture Clinic and in the Covid Satellite Unit. Crystal was also the COPE Union President. She now is a Nursing Manager overseeing East Unit and the Emergency Department. Crystal is a member of the Operations Team, RPN Scope of Practice Committee and committed to being a BPSO project lead.

DRHC will launch the second cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program in the winter of 2023.

Pictured (L to R) Logan Waller, Crystal Rollins, Deana Valley, Ashley Chernosky
Missing: Carol Ann Ryan


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