Interview: Kylie Mondorf, Development Coordinator, Major Gifts
Since this interview was published, Kylie has moved on to the next step in her career. We wish her all the best and hope you enjoy her interview!
Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi! My name is Kylie, I am the Development Coordinator at Humber River Hospital Foundation and I’ve been part of the Major Gifts team for three months.
In one sentence, how would you explain your job to a friend?
My role is to support the Development team to build relationships with the community that inspire philanthropic contributions so that, together with Humber’s talented physicians and staff, we can provide innovative patient care.
Is there a Program of Care you have a personal connection to?
The Cancer Care Program. Unfortunately, like many others, cancer has affected my loved ones: my grandparents, my mother, and a few of my friends.
The advancing medical technologies as well as the compassionate and caring teams at Humber certainly improve the experience for patients and their families. I have read some of our blog stories featuring patients who have benefited from the cancer care program, and all I can say is—wow!—we have a great team here and I am honestly proud to be a part of it.
What are the three most interesting pieces of technology at Humber?
Every corner I turn there seems to be an exciting piece of technology!
Pepper is our humanoid robot that uses facial recognition to detect human emotions, which is super cool! Pepper comforts children before their surgery, provides information to visitors, as well as welcomes patients and their families to Humber with a smile!
Our Command Centre is the first of its kind in Canada! The Command Centre is instrumental in monitoring patient flow and ensuring the hospital is operating efficiently. Within only a few months, the Command Centre was able to create 23 virtual beds, allowing us to help more people in need.
STERIS RealView tracks and monitors patients throughout their surgical journey and sends text message updates to their loved ones no matter where there are in the world. It’s amazing!
Do you have a favourite project?
Each of our projects have exciting and innovative elements, but if I must choose one then it would be Command Centre. Within a short period of time since its implementation, the results have been positive for both patients and staff. I think the possibilities for this project seem endless and I am excited to see what it accomplishes in the next phase if its implementation.
What is one awesome thing you’ve done in the last year?
This past May, my partner and I traveled to Italy and marveled at the picturesque landscapes and indulged in all the great wine and food (gelato!) the country has to offer. We ate our way through Venice, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast and Rome. I came home with memories to last a lifetime and a fiancé in tow!
What inspires you?
Have you ever seen someone walking down the street alone with a smile on their face? It’s the BEST! I am inspired to do something in my day that, even for a moment, brings joy to a colleague, donor, friend or visitor. The best part of my job is that I work in a hospital full of compassionate people who aspire to do the same!
Also, my family and friends. They are basically super-humans and I consider myself very lucky to have each and every one of them in my life.