Worker Panel: Champions of Change | February 23, 2016 | Vancouver
Manager, Workplace Mental Wellness Initiatives
Patricia Doiron has worked in the Public Service for more than 30 years, 25 of them with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), at Head Office in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In her current role since February 2015, Patricia was responsible for the creation and executive-level approval of an employee mental wellness framework including the creation of a National Unit for Workplace Mental Wellness and a National Employee Working Group. She is now working with colleagues and her working group to implement the framework at VAC offices throughout the country.
Patricia’s passion for workplace mental wellness emerged from her own experience with mental illness. She very willingly and openly shares her journey with mental illness with others in her workplace and community. Patricia wants to make a difference and while her story has aspects of great sadness and darkness, it is primarily a story of perseverance and courage. Patricia made a personal commitment to be a source of encouragement and hope to others who are dealing with mental illness, whether their own or that of a family member, friend or colleague. She is steadfastly doing so.
Patricia is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Melissa and Julia, and is thrilled to be Grandma to Xavier Benjamin. Patricia loves to use her life experiences (both the ups and downs) and hopeful attitude to help others find creative ways to see beyond self-limiting beliefs and stigmas to live a more genuine and purposeful life. Patricia is also a very creative and talented event planner, often involved in fund- and/or awareness-raising events for the local women’s shelter or other mental health organizations.
Before taking on her current responsibilities, Patricia worked in a wide variety of positions; from her first job as a receptionist to eventually working as chief of staff for several senior managers at VAC including the Deputy Minister. Patricia believes she has found her niche and is in a job where her passion and purpose have magically collided.
“Misfortune can force you into doing things you should be doing anyway. Lessons come from adversity. Anything can happen to anyone. You can find a new lease on life – more meaning than you thought possible in simple things. Let go. Live in the moment. Go forward.” – Christopher Reeve