Emergency Department and (Interim) Cancer and Support Care Quality and Practice Committee, Integrated Stroke Advisory Committee
Irene was born in Ireland and came to Canada (just for a holiday!!) in 1974 after qualifying as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Dublin. She has five siblings in Ireland. She worked as a Technologist at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and as a Research Technologist at The Wellesley Hospital in the same city for 12 years.
In 1989 Irene moved to the pharmaceutical industry where she had a long and successful career in the clinical trials area. She worked for Amgen, EMD Serono and Astra Zeneca.
She and her partner Isabel of 19 years moved to Cobourg full time in 2014 after frequenting the Northumberland area to their cottage for many years. Irene retired in 2016.
Irene has had experience with NHH in the following ways:
- Emergency with possible cardiac issues (in fact turned out to be pneumonia). She has spoken highly of her care in the emergency department by all staff.
- Hand day surgery a well-organized experience and staff were amazing
- Visiting friends in the NHH over the years
Irene now spends her time with her dog Dolly, a Maltese poodle, which she and Isabel rescued last August. She loves golf, photography and singing with her choir “Joyful Noise,” singing ‘50s and ‘60s songs. She also volunteers with “Helping Hands,” a non-profit charity which helps third world countries and local and national people in need.
Irene answered the call for volunteers for NHH’s Patient and Family Advisory Council after seeing an ad in the local paper. She has been a volunteer since March 2018 and currently participates on the Cancer and Support Care and Emergency Department Quality and Practice Committees, as well as Integrated Stroke.