July 21, 2010

Region's Best and Brightest Making Their Mark

Gillian Barnes Sara Kreindler

What do you call a career opportunity of a lifetime that also has the chance to make a difference for the work you're currently doing?

If you're Gillian Barnes, you call it accepting a term as president of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), her profession's national organization. Gillian is a speech language pathologist at the Movement Disorder Clinic at Deer Lodge Centre. Her two-year term as president CASLPA started in May following a year as president-elect. She will serve as past president at the conclusion of her term.

CASLPA is the national voice for over 5,500 professionals. As president, Gillian has an opportunity to keep her hands on the pulse of developments in speech language pathology at both the national and provincial levels, expand professional networks and provide leadership for a profession of which she's very proud to be a part.

"It's a privilege to be able to do this kind of work," says Gillian, who is nearing 20 years with the Winnipeg Health Region. "It's exciting to be able to have the opportunity to work with such a phenomenal, dedicated group of volunteers and staff that work so tirelessly."

Sara Kreindler, a researcher in the Winnipeg Health Region, calls her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the Harkness Associate Award, which allows her to participate in the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. As a Harkness Associate, Sara will spending a year in the United States, conducting original research and working with leading U.S. health policy experts. Sara was selected as one of two Canadian Associates to participate in the international program.

She is currently examining the issues she'll explore. "The project needs to address emerging health policy issues in the States, while also providing information that is that is highly relevant and useful to the region," Sara explains. "I'm talking to a number of people to try to determine the best fit."

Models to improve coordination of care are an area of interest for Sara. "Both here and in the States, we're struggling with how to integrate services across the continuum of care," she says. "The specific issues and models can be very different, but the basic question is often the same: How can all these stakeholder groups come to work together differently? We have the opportunity here to take an up close and personal look at how other places have addressed this issue, and to learn from their experiences - good or bad."

While both women tackle these exciting opportunities, they will continue to bring their expertise and professionalism to the region in their already established roles. Both women are up for the task and gratefully acknowledge the support and encouragement from the region.

Congratulations Gillian and Sara!

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