Building a Community of Practice.
Networking with Wound Care Leaders.
Collaborating with the Broader Wounds Canada Community.
Join the Community
The Wound Care Leadership Initiative is designed to connect and integrate wound care leaders from across Canada into a shared community. The initiative is based on a framework that aims to create a Community of Practice (CoP). Click here to learn more about the framework and Wounds Canada’s approach.
The initiative builds and supports leadership in wound care via virtual webinars, an online forum, mentorship and various projects hosted by Wounds Canada. Leadership growth and development is structured around three pillars:
- Building a Community of Practice
- Networking for Wound Care Leaders
- Collaborating with the Broader Wounds Canada Community
Our leaders will find support, new opportunities and lasting connections through this initiative. Our integrated approach ensures that each leader has the tools and support needed to grow their leadership abilities.
Wound care leaders come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. We invite individuals with professional and personal experiences in wound care and leadership to apply. Many of our leaders have been involved in recognized wound care programs or advocacy initiatives, including patient advocacy, wound awareness campaigns, professional wound care specializations and research.
The 2021 - 2022 cohort included leaders from across Canada with various backgrounds including personal experiences, caregivers and families, educators, researchers, nurses, physicians, surgeons, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropodists, podiatrists and more.
Interested individuals need to submit:
- A resume that highlights the individual’s relevant employment and extracurricular experiences with wound care and leadership.
- One letter of interest highlighting their wound care experience, leadership experience, relevant achievements and reason for applying. The letter should be no longer than two double-spaced pages.
- The contact information for two references who can speak to the individual’s wound care and leadership experiences.
The 2021-2022 application cycle has now closed. Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort will open in the winter 2022. Successful applicants will be invited to join the initiative by May 2022. The application process can be competitive. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure that all documents are received in time.
Meet the Team
Our Co-Leads work as architects with Wounds Canada to create and maintain the initiative.
Our Mentors have extensive experience in wound care and leadership. Each brings a wealth of knowledge to help guide and support our leaders.
Darren Levine Ed.D. is a leadership educator and coach. He teaches at the post-secondary level and has worked in non-profit, government, academic and social innovation contexts.
Cathy Burrows RN BScN is an experienced leader in wound care. She has worked in a wide range of settings including clinical, industry and non-profit.
Joel Alleyne is a researcher, consultant, entrepreneur and educator. He has a vast array of experience in the public and private sectors across the Americas and Europe.
Sunita Coelho is a wound care nurse with more than 25 years of experience in health care. She has preceptored nursing students and contributed her wealth of knowledge to Wounds Canada.
Pat Coutts is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in wound care. She has served on several non-profit boards which aim to serve the skin and wound care needs of Canadians.
Janet Kuhnke is a professor in the nursing department at Cape Breton University. She has also contributed to many wound care initiatives in the non-profit sector.
Andrew Springer is a chiropodist and business owner. He has extensive knowledge about wound care from working in health care and with non-profits.
Marlene Varga is a clinical nurse specialist in the area of pressure injuries. She has tutored students studying wound care and has experience leading teams of wound care experts.
2021 Successful Candidates
- Monica Aikman, Registered Nurse
- Helen Arputhanathan, Registered Nurse
- Michelle Barker, Registered Nurse
- Frank Berns - Patient Advocate
- Virginie Blanchette, Podiatrist
- Eric Bly, Physician
- Jeremy Caul, Registered Nurse
- Idevania Costa, Registered Nurse
- Jacques Deschenes, Registered Nurse
- Celine Feagan, Physiotherapist
- Christine Fenton, Registered Nurse
- Virgnia Fleming, Registered Nurse
- Tanya Girouard, Registered Nurse
- Katherine Grant, Registered Nurse
- Carolyn Kelly, Occupational Therapist
- Leslie Kirley, Occupational Therapist
- Allison Lachaine, Registered Nurse
- Perry Mayer, Physician
- Bernadette Mitchell-McDonald, Registered Nurse
- Josh Moralejo, Registered Nurse
- Linda Moss, Patient Advocate
- Wendy Niepsuj, Registered Nurse
- Amanda Parsons, Registered Nurse
- Susan Penzner, Patient Advocate
- Anic Perrier, Registered Nurse
- Alan Rogers, Surgeon
- Shivani Sukhdeo, Chiropodist
- Leila Yazdanpanah, Physician