WDMH Dietitian Named Outstanding Healthcare Professional in Eastern Ontario
WINCHESTER — Deirdre Cooke’s colleagues describe her as a ‘fireball’ because of her passion, energy and red hair. Every day, Deirdre brings that passion to Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) where she has worked for more than 20 years. Deirdre is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, and she played a key role in bringing the Diabetes Education Program to Winchester.
Now Deirdre is being honoured as the Outstanding Healthcare Professional in Eastern Ontario by Diabetes Canada. The award is presented to a healthcare professional who has made a difference in improving the lives of individuals living with diabetes in a specific region.
“Deirdre has worked with Diabetes Canada in many capacities over the years to support health promotion, is a Diabetes Canada professional member and is an active member of several committees with the Champlain LIHN where she represents diabetes educators who work for individuals living with diabetes,” noted Linda Rodgers, Manager of Community Health Promotion (Eastern & Southern Ontario) for Diabetes Canada.
Deirdre was quick to thank her colleagues at WDMH when accepting the award: “I am very grateful for the award and very fortunate to work with a team – Rachelle, Nancy and Rachel – that support me and challenge me both professionally and personally. We all operate with the guiding principle ‘what does this person living with diabetes or pre-diabetes need from us and how can we best provide it?’. When everyone is on the same page it makes all the difference!”
WDMH’s Diabetes Education Program provides support and education for individuals living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. More than a dozen programs are offered. All of the programs are provided free of charge and a physician referral is not required. For more details, visit www.wdmh.on.ca/diabetes.
“We are pleased for Deirdre and definitely not surprised,” sums up Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services. “Deidre has been a driving force in the development and expansion of our diabetes program. Her commitment to our patients and their well-being is evident in everything she does. Congratulations Deirdre.”