Christina Wright, North York General Hospital

Making a difference during COVID-19

Helping with the pandemic efforts

It’s been 4 years since I first started working at North York General Hospital. I started in the Quality Department as the Senior Lead for accreditation but was redeployed to develop and manage the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Pandemic Program in the last 2 years. In the PPE role, I’ve supported the organization during the pandemic by better understanding PPE needs and aligning them with the evolving global restrictions. This included building an inventory program to ensure that everyone within the organization could do their jobs safely.

A reputable workplace

I chose to work at NYGH because of our reputation for being a strong, innovative health care leader, and I wanted to learn from that philosophy. There have been so many memorable moments during my time here, that I can’t specifically think of just one. But I think remembering the times when I was able to contribute to changes that improved the hospital is what will stay with me the most.

Learning opportunities along the way

I have met some fantastic people at the hospital and working collaboratively to make a difference both before and during the pandemic has reminded me why I love NYGH so much. It has been a demanding and strenuous 2 years, but I have been challenged and supported by an amazing leader and mentor. As a result, I have learned extraordinary skills that I will be able to apply in any role that I acquire. I am so thankful to always have team members who believe in me and my abilities.

Giving back to the hospital

I have been trying my best to focus on the importance of work-life balance. My family loves the outdoors, so I spend as much time as I can outside, regardless of the weather, walking the dogs with my husband. It helps me be mindful and enjoy the little things while taking a break from work.

I decided to join the Staff Lottery because it was a great way to contribute to the organization in a meaningful and fun way. My small contribution may not mean much on its own, but together with everyone else it can make a real impact. I have a daughter at the University of British Columbia in her master’s program, and these winnings will be used to cover many of her expenses for her final semester.

— Christina Wright