Faces of the QEH


Faces of the QEH – Evie, Bucko and Chance

“Therapy dogs bring joy to patients visiting the QEH Emergency Room”

There are now three beautiful Shih Tzus that can be found at the QEH Emergency Room twice a week: Evie, Bucko and Chance. Thanks to an idea hatched in 2015 between Joan Coffin, QEH Social Worker and Mike MacDonald, QEH Emergency Room Nurse Manager, a collaboration with Therapeutic Paws of Canada, PEI chapter, has resulted in therapy dogs bringing comfort to patients waiting in the QEH ER.  Read More

In photo from left to right: Joan Coffin, Earla Moore holding Evie, and Wendy Bonnell holding Chance.


Faces of the QEH – Deborah Roberts

As a clinical educator and lead in the QEH Ambulatory Care Centre with over four decades of experience as a registered nurse, Deb says that it’s a privilege to do what she does. “I feel pride but it’s not about me.  It’s about the patient.  I feel joy in seeing them progress,” says Deborah Roberts, RN, MN.          Read More


Faces of the QEH – Kilby Rinco

Small Gifts can make Huge Impact

It’s all about the patients and safely getting them the right medication in a timely fashion,” says Kilby Rinco, QEH Pharmacy Manager. “It’s very rewarding when you are able to find a solution for people when they are having an issue with their health.” Kilby was drawn into the health care field after witnessing relatives coming home from work each day with a sense of excitement and accomplishment. She realized at an early age that pharmacy was the right fit for her. There is no typical day for Kilby – her time is spent working with patients, physicians, nurses, community pharmacists, partners and, of course, her dedicated team in the QEH Pharmacy Department.

As this year’s iDonate QEH Family Staff Giving Campaign Chair, Kilby recognizes the importance of giving back to the QEH. “Five years working at the QEH has really opened my eyes to the importance of raising money to purchase medical equipment the hospital requires.”  

Kilby looks forward to bringing awareness to how staff can contribute to continuing to provide quality care to Islanders, right here at home. “If staff come together and give, even give a little, it can have a big impact on medical equipment purchasing.  An easy way to give is through the iDonate QEH Family Staff Giving Campaign , which are bi-weekly donations made through payroll deductions.” As a contributor herself, Kilby proudly wears her iDonate pin. “When staff begin their bi-weekly contributions they are given an iDonate pin.  When worn, this lets patients and colleagues know that you are giving back. I’m amazed to see what Islanders and staff of the QEH can do when they come together.”


Faces of the QEH – Julie Cole-Vokey

The Information Treasure Hunt

Growing up in North Granville PEI, Julie’s path originally took her to St. Thomas University in Fredericton where she began working towards a law degree. It was here that she took interest in the law library and enjoyed utilizing their various resources. With her interest piqued, she realized Library Science was the right path for her. “What brought me to Library Science was working on complex projects in school. I loved the treasure hunt of finding the right materials and that feeling remains today. It’s the thrill of finding the right resource that meets a person’s needs, in as little steps as possible or as cost effective as possible,” says Julie.  With this newfound passion for libraries, Julie changed her career path and was accepted into the Dalhousie University’s School of Management program and received her Masters in Library and Information Studies, graduating in 2003.

Julie knew that eventually she wanted to come back home to PEI and felt it was destiny when an opportunity in Library Services presented itself at the QEH in 2007. It was just two years later that she added a second service point to her role, in telehealth and videoconferencing, which Julie believes was a natural transition. “It has been such an interesting swing in the library field within technology, especially in the last 20 years or so.”

Julie enjoys coming to work each day, and contributes that to the small but mighty team she works with. “It’s a fantastic network to work within health, especially the QEH. It’s a really community-driven environment, which I love. I’ve met a lot of people and its rewarding working within a team environment where everybody has a common goal to improve health.”

Around the QEH Julie is known for her positive personality and confident and supportive nature. In her
 spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and many may be surprised to find out that this librarian owns and rides a Harley! It had been on her bucket list for years and now her and her husband, Derrick, enjoy spending their free time together on the open road. All in all Julie considers herself fortunate. “I feel lucky to work within this field, and that’s rewarding in and of itself, so that’s pretty fantastic.”


Faces of the QEH – Grant MacLeod

Illuminating the Path

As a teenager Grant recognized how much he enjoyed interacting with people of all ages, whether it be children, people his own age or seniors. His decision to enter the health care profession as an Occupational Therapist was motivated by the fact that he would have an opportunity to work with an assortment of people, in a variety of ways, every single day.

Grant describes occupational therapy as a person’s day to day function. “If somebody has had a change in their life through a car accident, a stroke or an amputation, this has a huge impact on a person. It can affect their work, their ability to drive and cooking their own meals.” Working with a team of professionals including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and speech pathologists, Grant assess a patient’s abilities and works with them to set goals and supports them in achieving those goals. 

When asked about the impact OT’s have on a patient, Grant said “OT’s are some of the key professionals that help people return back home after being in the hospital and have a large impact on a person’s quality of life. They illuminate a path that a person can move towards so a person can achieve a goal they want to achieve.”

Grant finds his job at the QEH extremely rewarding, saying “When I see somebody that has worked hard to achieve a goal that they themselves deem as important, that’s a huge payoff for me, that’s my favourite thing.”