Vice President, Patient Experience and Chief Nursing Officer
Annette joined Southlake in 1990 (then York County Hospital) and has held various positions since.In 2004, she assumed the role of Vice-President/Chief Nursing Officer and oversees the Adult and Regional Children’s Mental Health Program, Maternal Child Program, Research, Professional Practice, Risk, Infection Prevention and Control, Patient Relations, Spiritual Care, and Ethics.
Annette graduated from the University of Toronto in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 1988 with a Master of Science in Nursing. She tirelessly pursued her nursing qualifications during the ensuing seven years and became an acute care nurse practitioner in 1995. In 2003, she obtained a diploma in Health Care Administration from the Ontario Hospital Association; in 2004, she completed the Dorothy Wylie Nursing Leadership Institute Program; and in 2011, she completed the Rotman’s School of Business Advanced Health Care Leadership Program.
Soon after obtaining her B.Sc. in Nursing, Annette started work as a registered nurse at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf (1984–1986); Scarborough Centenary Hospital (1987–1988); and Hugh Macmillan Rehabilitation Centre (1988–1990). Annette’s tenure at Southlake dates back to July 1990 when she joined the Hospital as Manager, Adult Mental Health/Clinical Nurse Specialist. In 2002, she was assigned the role of Acting Director of Mental Health until 2003 when she was appointed Director of Mental Health and Maternal Child. In 2005, Annette’s responsibilities were expanded with her appointment as Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice, and in 2007, she was made Vice President, Specialty Programs.
Annette has served as a Board Member for York Support Services Network since 2007. She is also a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
From December 2011 to 2015, Annette held dual roles as both a VP at Southlake and the President and CEO of Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston working in partnership with the physicians, hospital staff, and volunteers to oversee the strategic, operational planning, and leadership of the Hospital.
Annette received her Masters of Science in Nursing in 1988; Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 1995, both from the University of Toronto; a Diploma in Health Care Administration, from the Ontario Hospital Association in 2003; and completed the Dorothy Wylie Nursing Leadership Institute Program in 2004.
Annette has served as a Board Member, for York Support Services Network, since March of 2007.