Recipient of the 2014
Mary is very honoured and grateful to be nominated for the Case Manager of the Year Award of Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Mary has her Master’s degree in Community Health Nursing and specialization in Rehabilitation Nursing through the American Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She has over 30 years of experience providing case management, consulting, and school integration services in the community and is owner of KIDS Community Health Services, established in 1996.
Mary has supported clients of all ages, children, youth, adults, and seniors. throughout southwestern Ontario and beyond. This has enabled her to work with a variety of rehabilitation health care providers, medical professionals, and educators who she feels have all contributed to her level of expertise. She has been a leader in her field with respect to integrating children and youth into the school system. Mary is very dedicated and passionate about providing exceptional services for an optimal recovery. She is a strong advocate for her clients and their families/caregivers incorporating their diversity and cultural differences into treatment goals. Mary is truly client centered and facilitates a seamless collaborative approach to rehabilitation with her interdisciplinary team members, who she values and supports. She is an amazing creative thinker, often finding innovative solutions to problems and being able to access unusual services for her clients. Her sense of humour has been an asset in promoting a comfort level for her clients and colleagues. Mary’s approach includes offering hope, fostering an optimistic view towards the future during recovery, promoting resilience, empowerment, and establishing a new sense of self. Her non judgemental approach is unconditional.
Education has been an important element in Mary’s practice. She has been committed to continuously improving her knowledge by attending numerous courses and conferences enabling her to provide the best possible services for her clients. She has provided educational in-services, spoken at seminars, and conferences, and facilitated support groups for caregivers. She has always felt strongly about the importance of educating individuals about ABI including prevention and the impact on all aspects of daily functioning. Providing education to improve understanding is an important part of her role as a rehabilitation nurse case manager.
Mary would like to express her sincere appreciation and thank you to OBIA and PIA law for this tremendous honour and to the many skilled rehabilitation colleagues with whom she has worked. She is privileged to be recognized amongst exceptional case managers and experts in the field of brain injury rehabilitation.