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TRU’s Paterson among Top 100 women in Canada
Marking a decade of celebrating female leaders, the Women’s Executive Network has included Dr. Barbara Paterson, dean of Thompson Rivers University’s TRU School of Nursing, among its Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.
Each year, the awards celebrate the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
“I am very pleased to be recognized in this way, but I am very aware that my achievements are due in no small way to the many people who have encouraged and supported me throughout my career,” Paterson said.
“I have been a very fortunate person in the family, friends, colleagues and students who have believed in me.”
Paterson joins 653 women who have received the Top 100 Award in the last decade, an award that recognizes the highest-achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada.
Winners are selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, their organization’s financial performance and their commitment to their communities.
“Being recognized for her outstanding leadership, mentorship of students and colleagues, as well as her innovative research, is a wonderful and highly deserved achievement for Dr. Paterson” said Ulrich Scheck, TRU’s vice-president academic and provost.
“Her contributions to significant advances in the education of nurses across Canada and beyond, and to the well-being of all Canadians, are well known and should be celebrated.
“We at TRU are all very proud of Barbara.”
Paterson is a leading researcher in chronic illness.
The complete list of the Women’s Executive Network 2012 Top 100 Award winners can be found online at top100women.ca.
Paterson and her fellow recipients were honoured on Dec. 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, where they led the Women’s Executive Network afternoon leadership summit.
Award winners were then celebrated at the Top 100 Awards 10th annual gala dinner, at which featured Laureen Harper, wife of the prime minister, presenting the Public Sector Leaders Award category, and speeches from Jeanne Beker, entrepreneur and TV personality, and Bonnie Brooks, Hudson’s Bay Company president and CEO.