Mary was born in Toronto and moved to Palgrave when she was six years old. She started high school in Orangeville but ended up completing her last year in Switzerland! After high school, Mary came back to Canada where she initially attended Western University but then moved to Hamilton where she completed her Physiotherapy training at Mohawk College and McMaster University.
Mary graduated from the Physiotherapy Program in 1981 and took an internship opportunity across the country in Nanaimo BC, which is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island. During the four months she interned at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in Inpatient Rehab, she lived in a trailer in the hospital parking lot.
Once her internship was complete, she began practicing at The GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver working with patients with spinal cord and head injuries. It was during this time that Mary realized Vancouver wasn’t the city for her. She missed enjoying four seasons and ultimately found her way back to Ontario, first settling in London where she continued her rehab work at Parkwood Hospital and completed her Bachelor of Science at Western.
In 1986, a manager position opened at HHCC and Mary happily took the position. She welcomed the opportunity to return to Orangeville and work with such a great team of people. After having two kids and going back to school to obtain her MBA at York University, Mary made a difficult decision to leave HHCC in 1993. However, it wouldn’t be too long before she found herself back here.
She said she, “Loved the culture and had great leadership from people that were inspiring to work with.” So Mary ended up coming back as our Coordinator of the Stroke Strategy.
Mary’s role continued to evolve. She became the Project Manager for 140 Rolling Hills in 2000. Seeing it through to completion remains one of her proudest accomplishments. Around 2003, she got back into the role of Manager in which she was responsible for a unit in Shelburne, E-Wing, and F-Wing.
Mary eventually transitioned into Health Links and became Director of Health System Integration in 2014. Within this role she works with the community and local healthcare providers to find ways to better connect to each other and improve care for our patients.
She is grateful for the ways that her role has changed throughout the years and that there is always something new to take on. “I am lucky to have had incredible opportunities within the same organization. If I had to design my ideal job, it would be exactly what I am doing” she said.
Some of her other memorable moments include having both her kids at HHCC and getting the Dufferin Area Family Health Team Physicians all on one server to improve the patient experience.
When Mary isn’t working she loves to cook, ski, golf and spend time with her kids. She loves being close to water and she loves to spend time at her cottage.
Thank you, Mary, for your commitment to our hospital and our community!