Joy Calkin’s Contribution to her Community

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day, however every day amazing women make outstanding contributions to the very fibre of our world. Yesterday, I rose in the House of Assembly to recognize one such person, Joy Calkin. The enormous contribution made by Dr. Calkin to her community as well as healthcare nationwide is outstanding.

Joy’s original profession of pediatric nursing evolved into teaching at the university level, then stints as Dean of Nursing followed by time as the vice-President (academic) at the University of Calgary, to the CEO of an international health care service organization.

It was our great good fortune that Joy chose Chester as her retirement community. Joy took her illustrious career in nursing, organizational science and academic leadership and brought those skills to bear as an involved and active volunteer. Joy’s love for the health of people and their community quickly became evident.

Joy was a key leader of a small committee of volunteers back in 2007 with the goal of improving access to healthcare in our local communities. From this initiative and her countless hours of work, the group evolved to successfully fund-raise for, then build, and finally open the much needed new health centre in the spring of 2017.

I am privileged to work with Joy as a volunteer on several of my constituency working groups. Her motivation, knowledge and guidance helps me serve the constituents of Chester – St. Margaret’s even more effectively.

Thank you Joy for all you do.