Canadian Women Changing Healthcare

I happened to catch an episode of the CNN series “The Sixties” which featured the rise of the feminist movement. It caught my immediate attention as we here at Patient Commando were hard at work preparing our 2nd Annual Canadian Women Changing Healthcare. It had escaped my memory that in my lifetime there was a time when there were quotas on the spaces available to women  in medical, dental and law schools. There was a time when airline stewardesses had to be single, with soft hands and were forced to retire at the age of 32. There was a time in my lifetime that women marched in the streets fighting for equality and recognition. The episode reminded me of  many women who led the way – like journalist Gloria Steinem who infiltrated Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown (Sex and The Single Girl), author Betty Friedan (The Feminine  Mystique) and the National Organization of Women (NOW) who played such important roles in galvanizing what turned into a global movement.

I couldn’t help but think of the many parallels between that time and certain realities that exist in our healthcare system. As Patient Commando and others have pointed out before, 78% [...] continue the story

Dawn Richards

Dawn Richards

Dawn is a science and patient consultant. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alberta, and has spent the past 15 years in various roles, as a: bench scientist, project and operations manager, technology transfer and commercialization manager, and business development officer. She has worked in biotech as well as in the not for profit and academic sectors. She is a firm believer in the application of her scientific training and rigour to other professional roles and in her abilities to communicate to multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder (scientific, medical, lay) audiences.

Little did Dawn know that her diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis nearly a decade ago would instigate the career journey she is navigating. As a trained scientist and a person living with a chronic illness, she is intertwining her passion for science with what she feels is making the most of her chronic illness diagnosis. As a consultant, she helps clients write and edit grants and manuscripts, translate research findings in to lay language so the public can understand and benefit from outcomes, and understand and incorporate the patient perspective in to projects. Her clients include academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Her scientific training, on the job [...] continue the story