Monday Motivator

#MondayMotivator delivers a little inspiration at the start of each week

We seek out and deliver inspirational stories. 

Every Monday we feature an individual, or group of individuals, who makes a difference in our community by supporting the Hospital in some way. 

Below you will find our most recent stories. For our complete archive, please visit our Monday Motivator Facebook Album.

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We asked, how does your role allow you to make a difference in other people’s lives?

Jayne Angus

Jayne Angus

Today’s #MondayMotivation inspires awareness. Jayne Angus is Guelph General Hospital’s Hand Hygiene Auditor and her primary role is to help the Hospital’s healthcare staff be more self-aware of their handwashing habits. As part of the Hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control team, Jayne performs weekly handwashing audits. She observes healthcare staff while they work and looks…

Janine Mayall with her two sons

Janine Mayall

Today’s #MondayMotivator inspires strength, courage, gratitude and thanksgiving. Last Fall, Janine Mayall’s life was flipped up-side-down after a Radiologist at Guelph General Hospital spotted an abnormality on her left kidney. Janine described her cancer as being “discovered by fluke.” That’s because the purpose of the first image that captured the abnormality was to monitor a…

Margaret Sherratt

Margaret Sherratt

Today’s #MondayMotivation inspires us to respect and support individual choice. Margaret Sherratt, a nurse and specialized lactation consultant at GGH is proud of the Family Birthing Unit (FBU), Special Care Nursery (SCN) and Paediatric Unit teams and their commitment to support the feeding goals of every family who welcomes a new baby into the world…

Cameron McWade

Cameron McWade

Today’s #MondayMotivation inspires collaboration. When speaking with Cameron McWade, a Senior Buyer at Guelph General Hospital, it quickly becomes clear how important collaboration is to him and the entire Materials Management Team. The Team includes Purchasing and Stores. Keeping the Hospital well supplied with materials and equipment is a complex process. It can range from…

Andrew Anderson, Devlan Construction

Andrew Anderson

Today’s #MondayMotivation inspires us to place greater importance on the small things that make a difference to others. This week’s Monday Motivator, Andrew Anderson, had plenty of opportunity to see the impact that even the smallest gestures can make while a member of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s board between 2009 and 2016, including…

Monday Motivator – An observation about teamwork at GGH

This week’s #MondayMotivation inspires teamwork. The combined and coordinated effort of the entire Hospital team is absolutely essential to provide the safest and highest quality care to patients and their families. Teamwork is stated in our Hospital’s values, but of most meaning, it is taken to heart by Guelph General Hospital staff. Evidence of this…

Becky Barrett

Becky Barrett

Today’s #MondayMotivation reminds us that a friendly gesture is often the best remedy. Becky Barrett is an Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant (O.T.A/P.T.A.). She carries out treatment plans that help patients at risk of declining physically while at the Hospital. When working with her patients, Becky says that friendly gestures are one of her best strategies.…

Layla the Therapy Dog

Layla the Therapy Dog

This week’s #MondayMotivation looks at how a friendly face can transform a person’s day. Last June, our Elder Life Specialist- Rebekah Larter, initiated a Therapy Dog program for visiting with patients and their families. Layla, our therapy dog, and her mom Charlotte volunteer at the Hospital once a week to bring smiles to patients and…

Sue MacNeil

Today’s #MondayMotivation reminds us about the importance of teamwork and partnerships. Sue MacNeil, Guelph General Hospital’s Director of Food & Environmental Services provides quality food and a safe environment for our staff, patients and their families. She coordinates the work of six areas from housekeeping, portering and linens, to clinical nutrition, food services and our…

Marianne Walker

Today is our 100th Monday Motivator! Our #MondayMotivation looks at what makes Guelph General Hospital what it is today. Marianne Walker, Guelph General Hospital’s President and CEO, leads our amazing hospital by supporting staff and physicians to do what they do best. Marianne sees her role as providing leadership to help achieve GGH’s vision, mission…

Nicole Wolters

This week’s #MondayMotivation recognizes just how powerful hope can be. Nicole Wolters is a Psychiatric Emergency Nurse in Guelph General Hospital’s Emergency Mental Health and Addiction Services (EMHS) unit. Every day, she seeks to ease people’s mental suffering and provide a very supportive environment for people to recover. Nicole, along with the rest of the…

Monday Motivator Paige O'Brien

Paige O’Brien

Today’s #MondayMotivation inspires us to put others before ourselves. That is what Paige O’Brien did when she opted to collect donations instead of presents in celebration of her seventh birthday. Her motivation was to honour her cousin Kaitlin who passed away five years ago, days before her seventeenth birthday due to a rare genetic disorder…

Andrew Dickinson

This week’s #MondayMotivation reminds us that communication is key in improving the experience of all those who are impacted by Guelph General Hospital. Andrew Dickinson, Guelph General Hospital’s Emergency Department Security Guard, aspires to make everyone who comes through GGH’s doors feel welcome, and for everyone from staff, to patients, to visitors feel safe and…

Rachelle Peacock

Today’s #MondayMotivation reminds us how a fresh perspective can have a huge impact. Rachelle Peacock, Guelph General Hospital’s Food Service Supervisor, loves being part of a team that provides nourishment to patients which contributes to their well-being and helps them along their road to recovery. Rachelle is a strong believer in the important role nutrition…

Tour de Guelph Volunteers

Today’s #MondayMotivation recognizes the critical role volunteers have in our community. This past Sunday, Tour de Guelph reached a milestone, raising close to $100,000! These funds will be used to improve patient care at Guelph General Hospital and support many other local initiatives. This is an amazing feat that could not have been accomplished without…

Janet Chevalier

Janet Chevalier

Today’s #MondayMotivation inspires us to empower others. Janet Chevalier, Guelph General’s Patient Blood Management Coordinator, aims to empower each patient she works with, giving them the tools, knowledge and encouragement they need to take control of their own health. In her role, Janet works with patients who are preparing for surgery. She specifically helps them…

Elizabeth Stewart

This week’s #MondayMotivation inspires us to find ways to contribute to our community in a positive way. Elizabeth Stewart, the Foundation’s Communications Specialist discusses what motivates her in her job each day and how she hopes to make a difference her community and in other people’s lives.  

Dawn Miller

Dawn Miller

Today’s #MondayMotivation reminds us that we are all a part of a much bigger picture. In supporting patient care at our Hospital, we all have an important role to play. Not one is more important than the other. What is most important is that we all work together towards a common goal of the achieving…

Jan Craig

Jan Craig

Today’s #MondayMotivation reminds us that even small gestures have big importance. Jan Craig shares her story to illustrate this. She describes her part with the Foundation as “an event volunteer”. Over the years, she has volunteered for many different community organizations through participation on boards, contributing to committee work or helping on the day of…

Eloise Umpleby

Eloise Umpleby

Today’s #MondayMotivation inspires us to get creative! Creativity is a necessary skill when it comes to solving problems, especially when solving for problems that impact people’s lives. Today’s Monday Motivator, Eloise Umpleby is Guelph General’s Professional Practice Lead, Acute Rehabilitation. In her role she works directly with patients and is also involved with a number…