President's Award for Leadership
Sonja McLeod is this year’s recipient of the President’s Award for Leadership. Sonja is the Coordinator for General Surgery at Victoria Hospital and has worked at LHSC for over 30 years.
It has been described that Sonja created a unit that feels like home. Sonja is a highly regarded leader who is said to be supportive, approachable, honest, direct, and deeply caring when it comes to patient care and safety. Her team feels supported, and able to seek advice and work together to solve challenges that arise. Sonja works well under pressure, and is able to navigate difficult situations with expertise.
Sonja’s competent and caring leadership has allowed her to build a network of partnerships within, and outside, the organization. One letter noted that she has built a network of partnerships in areas such as Admitting, Operating Room, Pharmacy, and more, which helps to streamline services across departments, leading to safer and more effective patient care. Through her tireless efforts to effectively communicate with her team and others she works with, while thinking outside the box, and her willingness to always be available for questions and use those moments for learning, Sonja has cultivated a team that exemplifies exceptional patient care.
Every one of Sonja’s nominators recognized her strength as a leader, and as someone who inspires others to be great and to put patient-centered care first. Sonja is described as “purposeful yet humble” and leads by example. She is greatly respected by those she has worked and interacted with over her many years at LHSC.
- Cathy Stark
- Kim McIntyre
- Sonja McLeod*
- Trevor Delaire