‘A tremendous honour’: Brockville’s Upper Canada Family Health Team executive director to receive honorary diploma

St. Lawrence College (SLC) has announced that Sherri Fournier Hudson, executive director of Brockville’s Upper Canada Family Health Team, will receive an honorary diploma on Friday, June 7 at the college’s 10 a.m. graduation ceremony.

A media release from SLC explains that Fournier Hudson “displayed outstanding leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and her distinguished career in healthcare management.” Amidst the pandemic, she “effectively navigated challenges, fostering collaboration among community organizations and optimizing healthcare services to meet diverse patient needs.”

This leadership has “left an enduring impact on the region’s healthcare landscape, making her an exemplary inspiration for future healthcare leaders.” 

In a Q&A with SLC, Fournier Hudson said that receiving the award is “a complete surprise and a tremendous honour.”

She added that “to me, this award also acknowledges the many people that I have been fortunate to work with over the years. My motto is that it takes a community to get things done.”

Fournier Hudson entered the healthcare administration sector as the executive director with the Upper Canada Family Health Team in 2009, following a career in the automotive industry. Since then, she’s continued to upgrade her education in healthcare administration through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

“Working in healthcare, St. Lawrence College plays an integral role in so many areas,” she noted. “Specifically, the nursing and the medical administrative students and graduates have intersected with our work in the community.”

Specifically, Fournier Hudson recalled that during the COVID-19 pandemic, “the students and new graduates played an instrumental role in the human resources for the Assessment Centre and the Vaccine Centre.”

Her advice to new SLC graduates: Finding your passion is key in life, but may take some time. “Don’t be afraid to change course, embrace change! If you find your passion, you will never work another day.” 

She added that “there are many ways to reach your destination and no experience is a waste whether it is education, different careers, volunteering in your community or networking. Enjoy the journey!” 

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