2009 Winners

Northwest Public Sector

Angela Bujold - Dryden

Dee Adrian

Angela Bujold looks upon her role in life as to serve.

In her 30 years working in the healthcare field as a physiotherapist and in various management positions at Dryden Regional Health Centre, she has always embraced the concept of ‘servant leadership.’

Serving the people she cares for has always shaped her outlook on the delivery of healthcare.

As vice-president of Clinical Support Service and Services Quality, her motivation to improve the system is simple: “I want to help build the system I want to use.”

Though she misses the human touch of caring for people, and “getting to know that spark of humanity”, her decisions are always made through the eyes of the patients and to always treat them with the utmost of respect.

Her colleagues said Angie has that rare combination of professional coolness with an infectious sense of humour.

Her endless energy and enthusiasm are all attributes that have served her well as a service provider, a physician recruiter, a community fundraiser, an arts and culture booster, and most importantly, a caregiver.

Angela’s current job title is all-encompassing, one that includes handling the complaints at the health centre. It can sometimes mean serving as a human dartboard.

As the public relations face of the hospital, she has been praised by her co-workers for her “strength and diplomacy” in dealing with some pressure cooker situations on contentious community issues.

There were times at public meetings when very personal remarks were directed her way, but her colleagues always marvelled at her unflappable demeanor.

Angela prefers to laugh it off as her “act like duck skills” of being calm and cool on the surface, while paddling furiously beneath.

When things get testy, Angela views it as an opportunity to de-construct the problem, see a situation from both sides, and repair a relationship.

“Even though it’s a tough job, it’s a job I really like.”

She has fostered collaborations with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and other community agencies to develop an intensive cardiac rehabilitation program for Dryden area residents.

She assisted in the development of a local tele-health rheumatology program to ensure local people have timely access to specialists.

She united physiotherapists by creating an area network of specialists with the Community Care Access Centre to provide occupational and physiotherapy to clinics and senior homes in Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Ignace.

Born and raised in Fort Frances, this single mother of three grown daughters has called Dryden her home since 1988.

What keeps her in the northwestern Ontario forestry mill town is her strong and heart-felt sense of community.

She is a staunch supporter of the local arts scene and has served on Dryden’s Entertainment Series for close to 20 years bringing musical and theatrical productions to town. Dryden’s shiny new Regional Training and Cultural Centre exists in part because of her fundraising efforts. When it opened in 2004, she called it a community accomplishment, “one of her proudest moments.”

Her fellow Rotarians know immediately if Angie is not present since the national anthem doesn’t have the same tone and resonance.

“It comes back to servant leadership. We’re all called to serve one another, whether you’re in a position of authority, or not.

Never let authority be confused with leadership, those two are not always synonymous.”