“Lori-Ann is a nurse who brings kindness, calmness and genuine caring to all she encounters. She is a role model to her colleagues and a source of leadership and guidance. Leslie would support Lori-Ann’s selection for this honour.”
This is how Lori-Ann Crittenden is described by her peers. She is the second recipient of the annual Leslie Burt-Manary RN Leadership Award, which recognizes the dedicated nurse who died of cancer in 2017. To celebrate Leslie’s life her mother established an endowment fund, a lasting legacy to celebrate nursing leadership, which provides an annual grant for professional development.
Lori-Ann’s glowing nomination was endorsed by the required two nominators, along with signatures of support from eighteen other nurses and allied health professionals. She has been a nurse for twenty-three years with a skill for making patients and families feel comfortable, safe and cared for. She does this through exceptional listening and a sincere approach to personal care. A patient’s emotional and physical care are equally important to Lori-Ann
When asked in the nomination to provide an example of exemplary performance, she shared: “Nothing phases Lori-Ann. She is the absolute example of serene, smiling positive force. Lori-Ann professionalism is a shining example to new staff she orients to the unit as well as those students she monitors during their preceptorships.”
“Congratulations to Lori-Ann. She is humble, professional and caring nurse and is a role model during these unprecedented times of a pandemic. I also acknowledge the following deserving nominees: Paula Doncaster, Tamara Chapman, and Janice Herzog,” said Tiziana Silveri, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive, NBRHC.
Leslie was born in France in 1959, and graduated from Canadore College in North Bay as a Registered Nurse in 1979. She began working at the former Civic Hospital in 1987 and continued her career with NBRHC.
“Leslie loved being a nurse and often said, ‘It’s not just what I do, it’s who I am.’ Leslie had a positive outlook on life, and shared her cancer experience on social media in hopes of demystifying the journey and helping others. Her sense of humour and self-deprecating wit stayed with her throughout her illness,” said her mother, Pauline Burt.
“The endowment fund and bursary is a meaningful way to remember the impact Leslie had in motivating others to aspire to obtain the values and qualities that made her exceptional,” said Tammy Morison, President and CEO, NBRHC Foundation. “In 2018, the endowment fund was seeded with a donation from Pauline Burt, Leslie’s mother. Additional donations to the Leslie Burt-Manary Endowment Fund will help it reach the threshold of $25,000 so that the annual grant of $250 can be sustained, grown and funded through interest,” she added.
Tammy Morison, CFRE
President & CEO