I enjoy reading appointment announcements in
newspapers. I always wonder what special qualities, talents and
determination the appointee has that instilled the confidence of her
or his organization to select this person for increased
responsibility, not to mention the increased income that usually
Recently, the Globe and Mail newspaper carried a nearly full page of
appointment notices — 34 photographs and announcements representing
many of Canada’s largest and best-know corporations. Thirty-two were
men, only two were women. One woman represented a company I was not
aware of. That twigged my curiosity to learn more about her
Wow — was I surprised and impressed with the size of her company and
her biography. I was even more impressed when we met over the
Her name is Dianne Doyle; she was appointed President and Chief
Executive Officer of Providence Health Care, a Catholic health-care
corporation that includes 5,300 staff, 1,200 physicians and
researchers, 1,400 volunteers and serves 372,000 patients annually.
Dianne is responsible for an overall budget of $460 million.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing from the University of Ottawa in 1973. Years later, she
obtained an MSN from the University of British Columbia. Ontario
wasn’t hiring nurses in 1973 so she took a job as a staff nurse at
Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital. There she did all the pleasant
and unpleasant things staff nurses have to do. Her career path took
her to several hospitals where she climbed the ranks to where she is
Besides hard work, what does she feel is a reason for her success?
"Dick, my leadership contribution has focused on building
positive relationships through communication, respect, recognition
She accomplishes all this while raising three teenage children. Her
husband’s job takes him out of town a great deal.
her many achievements was climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. "It was a personal challenge and a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s
Kind of makes you think of Wonder Woman, doesn’t it?
Dianne Doyle: she is another wonderful Canadian Achiever.