Mary Lou Ware
With over thirty years experience in the health and social services system, Mary Lou has generously contributed her time Since joining CESO in 2004 to provide mentorship to health care professionals and institutions to develop sustainable community health programs in Canada’s north.
As a CESO Volunteer Advisor Mary Lou has completed over 20 mentorship and partnership assignments with Indigenous communities in Quebec and Nunavut. In 2004, she was instrumental in building a robust mentorship program as a Lead Volunteer Advisor for a program with the department of health in Nunavut. The objective of the project is to develop capacity of the departmental staff to become highly-skilled public servants, ensuring that the competency level of the department will support the demands of the communities it governs. At the same time, there was a focus on increasing Inuit participation in government employment. The pilot partnership model produced a holistic mentorship approach to the needs of the department and the individuals.
In one of her more recent assignments with the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach in Quebec, Mary Lou continued to demonstrate her dedication to support the success of the community’s health and social welfare centre. As one of the main CESO Volunteer Advisors of the partnership, Mary Lou committed her time in mentoring healthcare workers. She provided workshops for the development of managerial and training mechanisms in a succession planning perspective. The series of workshops led to the certification of twelve participants within the community to serve as Certified Healthcare Management workers.