LWDH director recognized for his achievements in mental health


An employee of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital walked away with materials of her hard work and dedication to the patients and the community she serves.

Director of Mental Health and Addiction, Denise Forsyth recently won the Jane Chamberlin Award. The award was created to recognize outstanding mental health achievements related to General / Schedule I hospitals in Ontario.

Forsyth was nominated for the award by the LWDH.

“It’s very humiliating to know that I was nominated, and surprising and even more humiliating to know that I won the award. I have been fortunate to work alongside so many great people in my career, ”said Forsyth.

“Most importantly, I have had the privilege of being able to work alongside many people who have had challenges and lived experience with mental health and addictions, who have been excellent teachers in my career path,” she added.

She started her journey at LWDH in 1995 when she started out as a social worker, then moved to a managerial position, before moving to her current position two years ago.

Forsyth mentioned that the importance of his work is to fit into the work to provide quality care to the community.

“You do this job because it’s your passion, it’s really what you want to do, it’s not easy there is a lot of gray. It’s about striving for the perfect but not rejecting the good, and all the quality improvements we can make to improve the lives of others, ”Forsyth explained.

After holding her position for a while, she touched on some areas where the field of mental health and addictions can thrive.

“Aligning and working with all of our community partners to deliver the right service to the right people at the right time. Also looking at the voice of the lived experience a lot of consideration. The other important element is the area of ​​cultural humility and cultural training, and the integration of this into the fabric of the work that we do ”,

Forsyth concluded by saying that she had received an enthusiastic response from friends, family, colleagues and the community for the award.

Jane Chamberlin was the Executive Director of the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services. When he passed away, it was decided to honor him by awarding an award in his name to someone who has worked for the improvement of mental health services in general hospitals / Annex I establishments. is awarded in conjunction with the Jane Chamberlin Lecture at the Ontario Psychiatric Association’s Annual Conference.


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