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

Marlene Grass

Marlene Grass, NR Founder/ Director of Clinical Services, Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, Whitby, ON

Marlene has been involved in the world of Diabetes since the mid seventies.  In the early eighties she  initiated the first parent support group in Durham Region.  In 1989 she launched the first and only one of its kind, “The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre” as a registered Charity to provide ongoing Type 1 diabetes education, management and support to children and youth and their families in Durham Region.  The Centre began with 20 families and today the Centre serves approximately 350 pediatric patients and their families.

The year 1998 marked the “official” launch of the adult portion of The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre and today the Centre serves over 1300 adults with Type 1 diabetes ranging in age from 19 to mid 80 years of age.

The CDA Frederick G. Banting Award was presented to Marlene in 1990 in recognition of an individual who has developed a new and innovative program or service which has resulted in improved diabetes care.  Marlene was the first nurse to receive this award.

Most recently Marlene was awarded the 2012 Regional Outstanding Health Professional Award by the Greater Toronto Area CDA.