Tania Alves

Site: Hamilton General Hospital
Position: Executive Assistant

Tania Alves is an Executive Assistant at the Hamilton General Hospital and is very committed to a healthy lifestyle. Tania enjoys yoga and meditation as well as weight training and has played in a women’s soccer league for the past five years.

“I am pleased to be on the Wellness Committee as I believe that a healthy lifestyle is important and bringing that lifestyle to work is one of the small ways that we can take care of each other and ensure that we all enjoy our workplace and keep it as healthy as possible.”

Contact: alvest@hhsc.ca or ext. 12236

Tania Alves

Stacey Dickson

Site: Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre
Position: Program Business Clerk

I started my health journey with a goal to lose 50 pounds. I joined the Couch to 5K program offered by the Shine Wellness Program with a mindset that I could never achieve anything.

Years later I have lost 120 pounds and continue to exercise daily. The most difficult part of my journey has been to recognize the need to change. With the increasing demands at the workplace as well as our personal lives, maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become a challenge. In this environment, we often find ourselves sliding towards habits that are not in our best health interests. 

I see my role as a wellness Champion to encourage a culture of health through leadership, enthusiasm and comaraderie. I want to continuously encourage my fellow co-workers to lead a proactive and positive lifestyle.

Contact: dicksons@hhsc.ca or ext. 77447

Stacey Dickson

Janet Young

Site: MUMC
Position: Executive Assistant & Coordinator Medical Administration

Janet Young is the coordinator for Medical Administration and Executive Assistant to Dr. Richard McLean, Executive Vice President Inter-Professional Practice and Chief Medical Executive as well as Jennifer Denney, Director of Medical Affairs. She also teaches continuing education at Sheridan College for Medical Office Administration.

Janet is an active volunteer in her community including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Heart and Stroke and President of the Association of Administrative Assistants, Hamilton Branch. Her interests include an active lifestyle embracing physical fitness and wellness as a whole, participating regularly in area walks/runs, yoga, swimming, zumba and biking.

She enjoys a busy family life with her husband and two grown children. “At the end of the day, did I laugh and dance enough? Did I tell my family and friends enough how much they mean to me? Did I push myself enough? My goal is to be able to answer a resounding yes in 50 years.”

Contact: youngjan@hhsc.ca or ext. 42030

Janet Young

Kerry Arnett

Site: MUMC
Position: Genetics Secretary – HRLMP

Since leaving the banking world I have been busy, working at the hospital and studying part-time to complete my degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies from Brock University. Becoming a Wellness Champion seemed like a natural progression as I’ve been participating in the Shine Wellness activities consistently since their inception. I have always enlightened my co-workers of the latest events and encouraged them to join me, so I guess unofficially I’ve been a Wellness Champion for quite a while.

As an avid Always Hiking member, Yogashala yoga-bum & outside stair climber I understand the benefits of an active lifestyle. I also monitor my diet very carefully due to food sensitivities, so I feel like I can lead by example and offer lots of insight to a person starting a wellness journey. I participate in most Lunch & Learns, the weekly Mindfulness for Lunch and the yearly Step Up & Shine Challenge. Recently I have completed Financial Fitness, I’m currently participating in the Healthy You course and I see the Shine Healthy Recipe Contest in my future!

Contact: arnett@hhsc.ca  or ext. 73712

Victoria MacDonald

Site: Multi-site
Position: Ergonomist

Ever since I can remember I have always had a vested interest in health and wellness and was involved in various sporting activities at a young age. Teamwork, leadership, dedication, optimism, and goal oriented are key words that I use to describe my outlook on life and work. Once graduating with a kinesiology degree, I pursued a career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and kinesiologist. In 2006, I was given the opportunity to work for HHS as a kinesiologist to provide musculoskeletal disorder prevention training to staff.  

In my 7 years with HHS, my role evolved to become an Ergonomist and continue to promote musculoskeletal disorder prevention for all staff. I continue to be active in running, squash, Crossfit, and general weight training and hope that my enthusiasm and passion for an active lifestyle, will help others strive towards achieving their health and wellness goals.

Contact: macdonav@hhsc.ca or ext. 74924

Joey Salamon

Site: MUMC
Position: Pharmacy Technician

I was born and currently live in London, Ontario. I work part time in the inpatient pharmacy at McMaster Hospital as a registered Pharmacy Technician. On my spare time I like to play hockey as a goaltender. I also referee hockey part time throughout the winter season. Hobbies also include weightlifting, golf and fishing.  

Contact: salamon@hhsc.ca

Dana Burnette

Site: Hamilton General Hopital
Position: Program Analyst, Point of Care Testing

Danitza (Dana) Burnette is currently employed as a Program Analyst for the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program and has been a key member of the Point of Care Testing team for the past 6 years. She is in her 14th year of service for HHS.

Her goal as a Wellness Champion is to learn and develop the skills needed to become an effective leader and role model. She also hopes to gain a passion for personal fitness to increase awareness and lead her and her co workers on the path to physical, spiritual and emotional health while generating interest, reducing stress and creating laughs! Dana currently resides in Stoney Creek with her husband, two daughters and their cat. 

Contact: burnet@hhsc.ca or ext. 46128.

Danitza Burnette

Melissa Didyk

Site: Hamilton General
Position: Operating Room Nurse

I am so excited to be part of the Wellness Committee! I am a fulltime operating room nurse at HGH. Healthy lifestyle and nutrition are a big interest of mine. When I am not at work I really enjoy being outdoors, reading, or taking my fiancé and pup for a long hike.  I also take online courses to learn more about health and disease prevention.  

As a busy nurse I truly understand the struggle many people face when it comes to quick healthy meal planning and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.  I am eager to learn and collaborate with the committee and bring updates to my unit.

Contact: didykm@hhsc.ca 

Holly Prine

Site: Chedoke
Position: Patient Experience Coordinator 

Holly joined Hamilton Health Sciences in June of 2013, stepping into the role of Administrative Coordinator for the Digestive Diseases program. More recently, she took on the role of Patient Experience Coordinator in the Patient Experience & Safety Program. 

Working within the Digestive Disease program at Hamilton Health Sciences along with previous experience in the food service industry, Holly understands the importance of good nutrition and the impact of diet and fitness on personal health. She has recently started on her own fitness and well-being journey and enjoys exploring new ways to improve her overall health. Holly also knows that activities that promote best health are best when fun!

Holly believes that since we spend so much of our time where we work, it is important to extend wellness from our private lives into our work lives as well. As a Wellness Champion, she looks forward to engaging the staff in her department about their own wellness journeys.

Contact: prineh@hhsc.ca or ext. 75504