Faces of the QEH


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.”


Faces of the QEH – Paul Hoar

Keeping it in the family!

In grade six, Paul’s teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up.  His answer was simple, “I’m going to work with my dad”.  And he was right!  Today, Paul is a 5th generation Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician… just like his father was.

Immediately following high school, Paul jumped on a plane and headed straight to Toronto where he completed the prosthetics and orthotics technicians program at George Brown College in 1989.  He then worked at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre for 12 years before moving to PEI.  Today, he is an integral part of the Physical Medicine team at the QEH and has been since 2000. 

Paul is known around the QEH as the guy who can “get the job done”.  Paul loves a challenge and he enjoys being in his work space and focusing on the task at hand.  Each day is different and Paul thrives off of the variety that his position provides him.

What is Paul most proud of?  It’s got to be Kenny’s chair!  When asked to refit an armrest, Paul went a few steps further!  “I took the whole seat apart and did the entire chair in camo”.   Paul had a smile from ear to ear when I asked him to tell me more about this project.  “Strangers are coming up to me in the hallway asking if I’m the guy who did Kenny’s wheelchair.   It feels great.”

It’s not just the camo chair that is turning heads.  Paul has been working on an extra special project – Terry Fox’s prosthetic leg!  Well, it’s not actually Terry’s prosthetic  but it’s as close as you’ll get.  Paul’s attention to detail is impeccable!  After stumbling across the exact same knee used to make Terry’s prosthetic, Paul had an idea and ran with it!  The result is an exact replica which will be on display later this year in lobby at the QEH and word has it that a representative from the Terry Fox Foundation might be stopping by to check it out!!

It’s rare that Paul takes a vacation but when he does you won’t find him sitting on a beach for a week.  He likes to be busy and that includes hunting with his dog Gunner.