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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Endowment Fund and Bursary Celebrate the Life and Memory of NBRHC Registered Nurse

NORTH BAY – Leslie Burt-Manary was a respected, dedicated nurse at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) who died of cancer in March 2017. She is fondly remembered for her leadership, her sense of humour, and for consistently upholding high standards of nursing practice during her career.

To celebrate Leslie’s life her mother Pauline Burt is establishing an endowment fund, a lasting legacy to celebrate nursing leadership, which will provide a grant for professional development through the Leslie Burt-Manary RN Leadership Award. To be eligible for the award, an RN must be employed at NBRHC for a minimum of 5 years, and meet criteria that reflect the many qualities that shone through Leslie.
Leslie was born in France in 1959, and graduated from Canadore College in North Bay as a Registered Nurse in 1979. She began working at the former Civic Hospital in 1987 and continued her career with NBRHC.
“Leslie loved being a nurse and often said, ‘It’s not just what I do, it’s who I am.’ Leslie had a positive outlook on life, and shared her cancer experience on social media in hopes of demystifying the journey and helping others. Her sense of humour and self-deprecating wit stayed with her throughout her illness,” said her mother, Pauline Burt.
“Leslie was a team player who supported nurses to be problem solvers and critical thinkers, educators and mentors, challenging nurses to attain their full potential. She was a genuine listener and had a great ability to view both sides of a debate, understand the issues and make fair and sound decisions,” said Tiz Silveri, Chief Nursing Executive, NBRHC.

“Leslie will forever be remembered as an exceptional mentor and advocate for many colleagues and patients, in her role as staff nurse, nurse educator and eventually Nursing Practice Lead. It was her tireless involvement in the Ontario Nurses Association that allowed her to be an inspirational leader and champion to her fellow nurses, when support and guidance was required and was so much appreciated,” said Carol and John Owens, RNs and former colleagues.

“The endowment fund and bursary is a meaningful way to remember the impact Leslie had in motivating others to aspire to obtain the values and qualities that made her exceptional,” said Tammy Morison, President and CEO, NBRHC Foundation. “The endowment fund was seeded with a $2,500 cash contribution from Pauline Burt. Additional gifts from donors who designate their donation to the Leslie Burt-Manary Endowment Fund will help it reach the threshold of $25,000 so that the annual grant will be sustained and funded through interest. The fund will issue its first $250 grant/award during Nursing Week, 2019.”
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