Healthcare Leadership Development

WYLIE, Dorothy M., 1929 – 2016
Dorothy passed away peacefully, in her sleep, at St. Michael’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit on Saturday, August 13, 2016. In her 87th year, Dorothy was predeceased by her mother, Muriel Margaret (Whitehead) and her father, Irvine John. She will be greatly missed by her many friends, colleagues and family members.

Born and raised in Toronto, Dorothy went on to establish herself as one of Canada’s outstanding nursing leaders. She graduated from St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. Dorothy earned a BScN from NYU in the early 1960s and an MA from Columbia University in 1969 while working at Cornell Medical Centre as the Head Nurse in the Recovery Room. Dorothy was well known as a teacher, mentor, coach, volunteer, risk-taker and friend to many.

She held leadership positions at Scarborough Centenary Hospital, Sunnybrook Medical Centre, and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario before her appointment as Vice President, Nursing at the 1000 bed Toronto General Hospital, the largest hospital in the country at the time.

Dorothy served as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. Dorothy is a former President of the College of Nurses of Ontario, a founding member of both the Ontario Provincial Nurse Administrators’ Interest Group and the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. She was named a Fellow of Ryerson University in recognition of her pioneering work in promoting excellence in nursing practice.

The establishment of the Dorothy M. Wylie Health Leadership Institute with the Canadian Nurses Association was, in Dorothy’s mind, the greatest tribute to her and her career. At the Institute, carrying on Dorothy’s vision, current and emerging health care leaders work to accomplish core leadership competencies appropriate to leading current and future staff in complex health care organizations.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Dorothy’s Life will take place at a later date. Dorothy would have appreciated donations in her name to the Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO). Special thanks is extended to the staff of the Haemodialysis Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. Condolences

The Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute consists of a 5-day residential, inter-professional leadership Institute with a structured virtual follow up that spans several months. The Institute features a variety of highly respected speakers and facilitators.

The Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute brings together health care leaders from across Canada at the Bank of Montreal’s Institute for Learning for a concentrated program of study of leadership principles, models, behaviours, skills, and tools.

Learn more about the 2016 Institute here.

Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute Canadian Nurses Association

New Partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association
The Dorothy Wylie Health Leadership Institute (DWHLI) is introducing a new and significant partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).

The institute is a unique Canadian leadership program that brings together health-care leaders from all disciplines across the country for a concentrated study of leadership principles, models, skills and tools. Established more than 15 years ago, the program offers a refined, highly-specialized and interactive leadership learning experience. A recent survey found that more than 75 per cent of institute alumni said their experience had a positive or profound impact on their personal life and career, and it was described as a “catalyst for change.”

DWHLI has chosen to work with CNA, the national professional association of registered nurses, because its program will be an excellent companion to CNA’s existing suite of professional development offerings, including continuing competencies, advanced practice support and specialty certification. In its 111-year history, CNA has demonstrated a sincere commitment to health-care leadership, and now it will connect more professionals from across Canada to the institute’s innovative work. By working together, the two organizations will extend the reach of the institute’s program, explore new blended learning approaches and integrate advanced technology to enhance participation.

Work is already underway to deliver the 2016 program jointly, with the first offering in October (details to follow). Both organizations look forward to this dynamic collaboration for the advancement of health leadership.

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