IWK Health Centre honours two Cape Bretoners
HALIFAX — The IWK Health Centre honoured two Cape Breton natives at its annual general meeting, Wednesday, for making an outstanding contribution to the organization.
Brenda MacDonald, manager of food services and the food service team, and Sandra Newton, manager of Child Safety Link, both received the board award of leadership.
The board award of leadership distinguishes exemplary IWK Health Centre leaders.
“ The leadership these individ- uals have demonstrated has helped propel the health centre in new directions, introduced innovative solutions and moved the IWK closer to achieving its mission, vision and strategy,” Jim Mills, IWK Health Centre board chair, said in a news release.
MacDonald is from Point Edward, while Newton is from Glace Bay.
As manager of Child Safety Link (CSL), Newton plays an integral role in children’s injury prevention programming in the region. Under her leadership, CSL opened a CSL satellite office in Saint John, N.B., and created a children’s book on playground safety now available in elementary schools across Atlantic Canada.
MacDonald and her team introduced ‘dial for dining’ at the health centre — a program that allows inpatients to order the meals they want, when they want them.
“ This model contributed to reducing our food waste from 60 per cent to just under five per cent,” Mills said.