The annual WILMA Women to Watch Awards spotlights women in our region that are leaders in the community and disruptors in their field. Each year, 35 women are chosen as finalists in seven categories: Arts, Education, Health Care, Business, Public Service, Nonprofit/Volunteer, and Rising Star.
This year, seven NHRMC employees and collaborators were recognized in these categories. These women are on the forefront of “Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health,” and we are thrilled they were showcased for their many talents.
- Grace Caldwell – Founder, The Joy Project, NHRMC
- Kerry Lamb – Neurosciences Service Line Administrator, NHRMC
- Tracy Saieed – Coordinator of Volunteers/Gifts Shop/ Community Outreach, Pender Memorial Hospital (NHRMC)
Nonprofit / Volunteer
- Krystina Fuge – Philanthropist, Volunteer, Entrepreneur and Committee Lead, Pink Ribbon Project at the NHRMC Foundation
- Sarah Arthur – Community Engagement Manager, NHRMC
- Dr. Mary Rudyk – Chief of Staff, Geriatrician, NHRMC
- Astrid Keusseyan – Laboratory Manager of Pre-Analytical and Client Services, NHRMC
Grace Caldwell, Founder, The Joy Project won the Health Category.
Grace Caldwell turned her concerns over the effects of COVID-19 on her colleagues in the medical profession into The Joy Project, a far-reaching initiative to provide them with help.
Caldwell, a former travel nurse, has worked at NHRMC since 2018 and is currently a nurse in the Medical ICU, which covers the COVID ICU. When COVID-19 began spreading, she hoped to enlist volunteers to assemble care packages for nurses locally and across the country.
Caldwell found a photo of a headband with buttons sewn on the side, allowing the wearer to attach their mask loops to the band instead of their ears and reducing the chance of their skin being rubbed raw by other types of masks. She started a project to manufacture these headbands and distribute to health care professionals.
“It sounds a little bit funny now, but in that very moment, it was the something I could do that would bring a smile – a bit of joy, a smidge of relief to my comrades,” she says.
Photo credit: Michael Cline Spencer Photography
To read more about each finalist, check out the October edition of WILMA Magazine.