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NOSM Board Holds Face-to-Face Meeting in Thunder Bay

Exemplary Staff, Faculty, Preceptors, and Learners Recognized at Board Dinner

The Board of Directors of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a face-to-face meeting in Thunder Bay on December 3 and 4, 2009.

On the first day of the two-day meeting, Board members participated in sessions which provided an overview of NOSM’s organizational structure, finances and governance. Following these sessions, the Board took part in an interactive exercise in which Directors considered ways to increase the recruitment of Aboriginal learners.

Later that evening at the Board dinner, Awards of Excellence were presented to NOSM staff, faculty, preceptors, and learners by Dr. Gerry Cooper, Associate Dean, Learner Affairs and Ken Adams, Associate Dean, Administration.

Learners receiving awards included Laura Burke, Arianne St. Jacques, Matt Strickland, and Geeta Yadav. Drs. Chris Decker, Sam Fratesi, J. Raymond Jacques, and Saleem Malik were the recipients of faculty and preceptor awards.

NOSM staff recipients included Gail Brescia (Inspiration), Kerry Berlinquette (Team Player), Kim Daynard (Leadership), Pierrette Gervais (Innovation), and Aaron Wright and Heather Kivi on behalf of the IDEAS Project team (Team Effort), which also includes members Suzanne Lortie-Carlyle, Dr. Christine Kupsh, Charlie Armstrong, Cathy Senior, and Kelley Van Den Broek.

On the second day of the meeting, Board members participated in tours of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and NOSM’s Medical School Building at Lakehead University.

Following the tours, the Directors took part in a strategic planning session for the School.

At the formal Board meeting in the afternoon, the Directors received reports from Board Committees, including the Finance and Audit, Board Executive, Quality Monitoring, Governance, Nominating, and Advancement Committees. The Directors also received reports from the School’s Academic Council, Archives Reference Group, Aboriginal Reference Group, and Francophone Reference Group.

The Board of Directors approved a Financial Report from the Finance and Audit Committee for the six-month period ending October 31, 2009.

Dr. Frederick Gilbert, President of Lakehead University and Chair of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Board of Directors, noted that the two-day meeting accomplished several important objectives. “Group cohesion and opportunities for interactive sessions and discussions are enhanced when Board members are able to meet in person. This two-day meeting, which focused on issues of strategic planning and governance, and celebrated the outstanding contribution of learners, faculty, preceptors, and staff, was a great success,” he said.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2010.

For a complete list of Board members, please visit our website at www.nosm.ca.


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