Women in Action Give Emergency Department Resuscitation a Shock


Members of Women In Action present $20,000 to the Emergency Department at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre to support the Resuscitation Room. All women are welcome to join Women In Action and contribute to improving healthcare in our community. Find out more at healthsciencesfoundation.ca/wia.

June 27, 2018

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 members of Women in Action and guests gathered at the picturesque Fort William Golf & Country Club where they enjoyed wonderful food prepared by Executive Chef Graham Davis.   More importantly, the event was held to encourage more women in our community to join Women in Action; a united membership of dynamic and dedicated women with a shared philanthropic interest of improving healthcare in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

Tuesday’s event theme was titled “Not All Wounds Are Visible” and with that, Natasha Mellon, member and manager at Northern Credit Union introduced keynote speaker, Dr. Devina Wadhwa, the newest Psychiatrist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.   Dr. Wadhwa explained the importance of re-designing our Emergency Department so that the space where we serve patients in a mental health crisis is made into a more private and tranquil environment.  Dr. Wadhwa has travelled the world as a Psychiatrist and knows the importance of a peaceful space.  She also practices yoga and incorporates yoga technique and philosophy when treating her patients. 

While the majority of funds raised through annual membership dues will support the large scale redesign of the Emergency Department, the Women In Action committee felt it was important to engage members so that they have a say on other needs in the Emergency Department.  At the event, all members had the opportunity to listen to two different presentations and vote on which project they felt was deserving of Women In Action funds. 

First, Dr. David Wood, Chief of Emergency and Trauma, presented his case and asked for funds to support the Resuscitation Room in the Emergency Department.  Further, he thanked members for the recent $30,000 gift which supported the renovation in the Trauma Room and explained how the renovation is providing a more patient-centered medical treatment space.  Second, Shonath Kajorinne, Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, spoke about the P.A.R.T.Y Program (Preventing Alcohol & Risk Related Trauma in Youth), a program that she has been passionate about and teaching since 2009. She asked for funds to further enable the program to reach youth across Northwestern Ontario. 

After the ballot count, Sandi Doig, Chair of Women in Action announced that $20,000 will be provided to help fund the Resuscitation Room in the Emergency Department.  Glenn Craig, President & CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and nurses from the Emergency Department were on hand to accept the gift from Women in Action.

For more information or to become a member of Women in Action, please call the Health Sciences Foundation at 345-4673 or find out more at: healthsciencesfoundation.ca/wia

 ALL funds raised through membership fees are directed to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Women in Action would like to thank Strone Restoration for sponsoring the wine for this event and also thank Northern Credit Union for their generous corporate sponsorship that allows Women In Action to offer engaging events to members and guests.

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