Jane Porter, winner of the new Lifetime Achievement Award, at this year's People First awards ceremony, exemplifies values based leadership by incorporating kindness, authenticity and transparency and teaches us all that this is fundamental to a successful organization.
Here's what Jane's colleagues have said about her and how she models our VCH values:
“Jane Porter has been a key player and has often taken the lead on implementing system changes in Home Health, Public Health, and Primary Care throughout her VCH career. She has been consistently sought out to lead various programs through change and improvement. She is admired and appreciated for her clarity, intelligence, decisiveness, fairness, compassion, and commitment to quality of care. Her leadership skills and qualities are recognized by her peers. She is always open to challenging the status quo when it is required; she excels in supporting colleagues and staff to embrace change; and she is always willing to help out and support colleagues to grow in their new roles."
It is clear that Jane cares for everyone and has a unique way of bringing people together for the benefit of VCH and patient care. “Jane is a strong expert leader because she genuinely values her work and the individuals she works with. She is transparent and direct when communicating, but she is also caring, even in the most difficult circumstances. She inspires confidence, and is able to build group cohesion even in stressful times."
As a manager, Jane is a leader who truly believes in the value of our services to clients and striving for better results. “She works to ensure that she has a strong team, supports, and systems in place. She does not shy away from listening to and advocating for innovative ideas from teams that fit her principles of best client care."
“Jane approaches her work as a leader with humour, compassion, and energy. She is always curious and open to new ideas. She is not afraid of change and is always looking for opportunities to improve the services we provide to our clients; at the same time she is also thoughtful about the experience of her staff."
Jane understands the power of knowledge and encourages learning opportunities for her staff. “She recognizes others contributions and supports staff to participate in learning and leadership opportunities; she values skill development and mentorship."
Thank you Jane, for being an outstanding example of a values based leader and for your many years of service with VCH. We wish you all the best in your retirement!
For more information on the program, please visit the People First Awards page or contact VCHPFAwards@vch.ca. For more information on VCH values, visit the new Values resource page.