Women’s heart disease prevention has been the inspiration behind Wendy Wray’s tireless effort since 2009 when she founded the Women’s Healthy Heart Initiative (WHHI) at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).
This unique program, the first nurse-led women’s heart disease prevention program in Canada, helps women understand their risk of heart disease from factors within their control including: high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, smoking, poor nutrition and physical inactivity as well as those outside of their control such as: age, family history, and ethnicity. The WHHI also provides individualized, specialized care and teaches strategies to reduce a woman’s overall level of risk. Since its inception, over 650 women have enrolled in the program and the holistic approach offered by Wendy and her team has been one of its keys to success. However, her dedication to saving the lives of women at risk for heart disease isn’t confined to within the hospital.
Wendy is passionate about making a difference in her community. She is a frequent guest speaker at cardiology prevention conferences, she organizes countless fundraising initiatives including the MUHC Foundation’s annual Wear Red Day and continues to advocate for the implementation of prevention programs in and around Montreal. Her compassion and expertise make patients feel at ease as she works with them to help lower their risk.
Recently, Wendy’s efforts and dedication to heart disease prevention were recognized by the MUHC Foundation and the Senate of Canada. The Foundation presented her with its Health Professional of the Year Award, as part of the first-ever MUHC Foundation Awards Ceremony. Wendy was also one of the Quebec recipients of the Senate of Canada’s 150th Anniversary Medals. Nominated by Senator Judith Seidman for this prestigious recognition, these medals are awarded to Canadians whose dedication, volunteerism, hard work and expertise make Canada and their communities a better place to live.
Wendy continues to make the MUHC proud and the MUHC Foundation wishes to congratulate her on these well-deserved achievements!
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