Interview: Lindsay Owen, Development Officer
Since this interview was published, Lindsay gave birth to a little girl. You can read more about Ellie here.
Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Lindsay, and I am a Development Officer at the Foundation. I have been with the Foundation for just over 5 years now in various roles, starting off as a Research Officer.
In one sentence, how would you explain your job to a friend?
I have the best job! I help people make meaningful donations to the hospital.
Is there a Program of Care you have a personal connection to?
Cancer Care; My mom passed away from cancer when I was a little girl, and my stepmom is a cancer survivor. I feel so lucky to work with the department and witness the improvements in cancer care first-hand. We give people the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones.
The Maternal Child Program is also amazing. I feel so fortunate that I get to work with them, and soon enough, deliver my 2nd child here!
That’s right… You’re going to be giving birth at Humber!
I am super excited to be delivering my baby here. Dr. Tse has been absolutely amazing throughout the entire journey, and I feel so lucky he is my doctor. I know I am in great hands!
What are your three favourite pieces of technology at Humber River?
- The amazing technology in Cancer Care that enables a more comfortable experience for our patients, like RIVA, and the personalized heaters above each chemo chair.
- The TEE machine in Cardiology – it’s so impressive to a see an image of the heart in 3D!
- Our Giraffe OmniBed Carestations in the NICU. They are the Rolls Royce of machines, an incubator combined with a radiant warmer… Who wouldn’t want the best equipment providing care for our tiniest patients!
What are your favourite Hospital spaces?
The Chemo Clinic is truly a positive environment – which many of us don’t typically expect for a place where people are receiving chemo. I visit almost every day, and there’s always laughter, smiles, and a sense of hope and optimism.
I also always tell people about the three operating rooms and resuscitation room on the Maternal Child floor. When minutes matter, it’s nice to know that those facilities are nearby, and always prepped.
And finally, the Interventional Radiology Suite on the 2nd floor where they do pacemaker insertions. They have the best technology and we are so lucky to have it!
Do you have a favourite project?
I’ve really loved developing the cases for the Programs of Care at Humber and building relationships with those departments. I get to meet the amazing people who make this Hospital so special, from patients, to staff, management and physicians (trust me, they’re all amazing). It has brought a whole new level of understanding for me working at Humber.
What is one awesome thing you’ve done in the last year?
Personally, trying to manage a work life balance. It’s not always easy, but I think I have done alright with it!
What inspires you?
My family. They are amazing and inspire me to be better person every day. In particular, my mom — although she was only in my life for a short time — has inspired me to be in the career I am in, and the person I am today. My daughter inspires me to do my best to be a strong, loving role model. My husband, father, and sister too. I could go on!
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