Spring 2011 Newsletter


Greetings Colleagues,
We are delighted to report that the Dorothy Wylie Nursing and Health Leaders Institute continues to prosper – thanks to the support of our attendees, their organizations and our faculty and sponsors. We are pleased to have the sponsorship of Johnson & Johnson Medical Products for the 8th consecutive year. Our May/November 2011 session, which is the 22nd offering of the Leadership Institute, is nearly full. So if you are intending to register any individuals please do so as soon as possible. Please register here: https://healthleadersinstitute.ca/register/.

Nursing Leadership Network Annual Conference, Toronto March 24 &25
Julia, along with her colleague (and DWNLI alumnae) Nancy Fletcher are presenting at the 2011 conference later this month on “The No Outcome, No Income Tsunami, Are We Prepared? ” They will be describing the Markham Stouffville Hospital journey to enhance quality while simultaneously attempting to remove 1-3% of operating expenses. In this perfect storm of increased demands, decreasing revenue and increasing costs, we are sure it will be a standing room only session! To register go to www.nln.on.ca.

Leadership work in Africa
Judy is currently volunteering her time to offer two 2-day leadership development workshops to National Nursing Association leaders from 15 sub-Saharan African countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe). These nurse leaders are members of the Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM), an organization that grew out of the 2000 International Conference on HIV/AIDS in South Africa, in response to concerns of nurses about the impact of the pandemic on nursing practice, and on nurses themselves. You may not know that since 2004, Judy has, in her own words “had the privilege and pleasure of facilitating SNNNAP’s partnership workshops, an uplifting part of a study tour organized to coincide with each CNA Biennial. The accomplishments of these developing organizations never fail to amaze and humble me, and the appreciation of Canada’s investment in their success always makes me very proud.”

For more information about SANNAM, you can check out the website www.sannam.org.za (Please note that this site has been blocked at times due to virus problem, so use with caution).

Alumnae in Transition
Congratulations to Rhonda Schwartz, on her appointment as Director of Quality, Safety and Best Practice at Baycrest in Toronto.
Congratulations also to Fay Lim-Lambie on her appointment as Director of Professional Practice and Research at Baycrest in Toronto.

Words of Inspiration for 2011
We are currently reading The Book of The Awakening, by Mark Nepo. The book is a series of inspiring thoughts and stories, including this one (paraphrased slightly for this newsletter).

“It was a snowy night, and Robert was recalling the time two springs ago when he was determined to paint the family room. Up early, he was out the door, to the hardware store gathering the gallons of red, the wooden mixing sticks, the drop cloths, and the one time brushes that always harden, no matter what you soak them in. He mixed the paint outside and waddled to the door with a gallon in each hand, the drop cloth under his arm, and a wide brush in his mouth. He teetered there for minutes, trying to open the door, not wanting to put anything down. He was so stubborn. He had the door almost open when he lost his grip, stumbled and wound up on the ground, red paint all over him.”

Amazingly, we all do this, whether with groceries or paint or with work. It’s such a simple thing, but in a moment of ego we refuse to put down what we carry in order to open the door. Time and time again, we are offered the chance to truly learn this: We cannot hold on to things and enter. We must put down what we carry, open the door, and then take up only what we need to bring inside.

What threshold are you having trouble crossing in your life? It might be at work, at home, in a relationship, or the doorway to greater peace. Is there something you need to put down?

Julia, Judy & Bev