Gail Donner has had a rich and varied career that has included roles as a staff nurse in hospital and community in Canada and the US, Chair, Department of Nursing at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) (1976-82); Executive Director of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (1984-89); and Director of Nursing Education and Research at the Hospital for Sick Children (1989-92). In July 2001 she retired as Professor and Dean from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto where she had been a Professor since 1992. She is a partner in donnerwheeler, Career Planning Consultants and where she provides coaching services to health professionals. . Her research and consulting interests include: health policy, health leadership and administration and career development.
Gail has held a number of government and community appointments, including, member of the Metro Toronto District Health Council Hospital Restructuring Committee; Chair, Air Ambulance Review, Ministry of Health, Ontario; and Vice-chair of the Director’s Advisory Committee on the Long-Term Future of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She has also consulted to a number of educational and health service organizations in Canada. In 2012 Gail chaired the Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety that developed an action plan to prevent abuse and neglect in long-term care homes in Ontario. In 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Expert Group on Home and Community Care by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care to provide advice to the Minister on how to achieve the Ministry’s vision of patient-centered, integrated, accountable home and community programs and services that provide value to both patients and taxpayers. The final report was submitted to the Minister at the end of January 2015.
An active volunteer in her community, Gail is a member of the Advisory Committee Program in Humanities, Arts and Health Program, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, a member of the AMS Phoenix Advisory Committee. Other volunteer activities include past member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children where she chaired the Quality Committee, past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Change Foundation and past member of the Governance Leadership Council, Ontario Hospital Association, and a volunteer in the Toronto Out of the Cold program.
Several organizations have honoured Gail for her contributions to nursing, health care and the community. Her awards include an Honorary Doctor of Science from Ryerson University, the Order of Ontario, The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the YWCA Woman of Distinction, the Canadian Nurses Association Jeanne Mance Award, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Ethel Johns Award, the Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award, the Ontario Medical Association Centennial Award, and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Award of Merit.