Interview: Kaneisha De Leon, Senior Coordinator, Donor Engagement


February 13, 2020

Tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Kaneisha, and I joined the Humber River Hospital Foundation family as the Senior Coordinator, Donor Engagement a few months ago. I look forward to exploring all there is to know about donor engagement and the healthcare sector.

Pepper

“Knowing that many children and patients get to experience a feeling of excitement and ease by spending time with Pepper on their way to surgery is very heart-warming for me.” says Kaneisha

How would you explain your job to a friend?

I find creative ways to thank donors, show them the impact of their gift, update them on new equipment that has been made possible due to their funding, organize events that make them feel appreciated, and help them decide how they would like to be recognized for their donations. And I get to collaborate with other teams like Marketing and Events to achieve those things.

Is there a Program of Care you have a personal connection to?

I admire the life-changing work that the Mental Health & Addictions Program at Humber delivers to our community. I believe that ending the stigma around Mental Health will benefit us all and encourage those in need to seek help when needed without worry.

What are the three most interesting pieces of technology at Humber?

The first is Pepper, our humanoid robot. When I was 10 years old I had the opportunity to meet Asimo – a robot manufactured by Honda, at the Ontario Science Center, and so on my first day here, walking by Pepper brought back all my memories of excitement and fascination. Knowing that many children and patients get to experience a feeling of excitement and ease by spending time with Pepper on their way to surgery is very heart-warming for me.

The second is The Command Centre, which looks like what I imagine the NASA Mission Control Center to be like. Instead of sending rockets to space, the Command Centre at Humber River Hospital keeps a critical pulse on all movement within the hospital, helps us allocate beds to patients who need medical attention, and frees up beds faster than any other hospital.

The third is the Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) which are unique vehicles that transport medications all over the hospital allowing our staff to be with patients more.

Gifts of Gratitude

“I love our Gifts of Gratitude campaign because I get to be part of a team who is able to deliver tokens of appreciation to our staff members, coming from grateful patients,” says Kaneisha.

Do you have a favourite project?

I love our Gifts of Gratitude campaign because I get to be part of a team who is able to deliver tokens of appreciation to our staff members, coming from grateful patients, colleagues and physicians. Acknowledging the amazing work that they do is extremely rewarding.

What inspires you?

My family is my inspiration.