Congratulations to Glyn Boatswain, Scarborough Health Network’s (SHN) new Chief Nursing and Allied Professionals Executive.

Effective June 3, Glyn will oversee our nursing and allied health teams and provide leadership as Vice President for Pharmacy and the Women’s and Children’s portfolio that she has steered so well as director over the past few years.

Glyn is no stranger to SHN. She has been working tirelessly and adeptly as the interim chief nursing executive, helping to navigate SHN through this pandemic. She has lead changes in models of care, quality improvements including standardizing code blue practices and equipment, falls prevention, and, importantly, leading our approach to assessment and vaccination for COVID-19.

Always the first to recognize “the team,” Glyn is already a much-loved and respected leader at SHN. Her unwavering work ethic and high standards for quality and the patient experience mirror SHN’s core values and demonstrably support our corporate strategic directions. Glyn is invariably results-focused and has a magical way of inspiring her colleagues and teams to bring forth their best efforts in accomplishing the goal at hand.

From leading the charge on COVID-19 testing and vaccinating our community (250,000 doses and counting!), to rolling up her sleeves and personally ensuring the most basic and important of tasks are completed, Glyn is also often the first to “take one for the team,” as they say.

Beginning her career as a nurse at the legacy Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) in 1999, Glyn went on to become the director of cardiac care and oncology at RVHS, where she was instrumental in building a regional program. Later, she took on the Women and Children’s program to help build and market the birthing centre and neonatal intensive care across Scarborough. She has also supported us through holding interim director roles for surgery, professional practice, quality, patient safety and patient experience.

Prior to the pandemic, Glyn successfully helped lead SHN through clinical services planning for the integrated Women’s and Children’s program at SHN. This included the creation of two centres of excellence at our Centenary and General hospitals.

Glyn completed her nursing education in Montreal and is currently in the final stages of her executive MBA at McGill University. Throughout her career she always focused on continued leadership training by completing a number of health sector leadership programs at McMaster University.