Wendy Foote RRT CRE

Greg Donde RRT BHSc MSc

The Student Affairs Committee of the RTSO is on its way for 2020!

Introducing Greg Donde, Co-Chair, RTSO Student Affairs Committee

Here is a bit about Greg, from Greg himself:

I found the Respiratory Therapy profession by complete luck as I picked a program that sounded interesting. It was the right choice as being an RT has led to a joyful, interesting, and stimulating career. I graduated from the Respiratory Therapy Program at Fanshawe College in 2006. After graduating, I worked in adult critical care and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in London. I then went on to spend several years working on the Neonatal Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). I continue to work casually at McMaster Children’s Hospital in the NICU.

While working clinically, I completed my Bachelor of Health Science online from Thompson Rivers University and followed that with a Masters of Science Respiratory Care Leadership from Northeastern University in the U.S. I started teaching part-time in the Respiratory Therapy Program after graduation, and recently moved into a full-time professor role. I have been an NRP and PALS instructor for a number of years and am a member of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Neonatal Resuscitation, Executive, and Education Committee. These committees oversee the Neonatal Resuscitation Program across Canada.

I believe that learning occurs while students are engaged in practical, hands on application, and simulation. Students are the future of the profession and bring fresh energy and enthusiasm. I learn just as much from them as they hopefully learn from me. I look forward to working together with the Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair, Wendy Foote and the student and faculty members from the RT schools across Ontario.

Thank you, Gino De Pinto, for all of your work. You leave gigantic lungs to fill!

Greg Donde, RRT BHSc MSc

Professor, Respiratory Therapy Program

School of Health Sciences, Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Blvd. London, ON N5Y 5R6

T: 519-452-4430 Ext 2817

gdonde@fanshawec.ca

We would like to welcome the Year 1 SAC representatives that have rounded out the group:

Year 1 SAC Representative
Jayde Thompson Canadore College
Sheena Patel Conestoga College
Eric Mack Fanshawe College
Devin Goulet La Cité
Jarod Paul Michener Institute of Education at UHN
Julie Chiarcos St. Clair College

Congratulations to all Ontario Respiratory Therapy schools for being represented on this committee with a year 1, 2 or 3 SAC representative. Our first meeting is February 5th through teleconference and we will plan a student-centered direction for the coming year. Co-Chairs Greg Donde and Wendy Foote are looking forward to input from the student members.

The SAC would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the excellent leadership of out-going SAC Co-Chair, Gino De Pinto. Gino is responsible for so many great accomplishments for the Student Affairs Committee. In 2019 alone, these include:

  • Student memberships reaching an all-time high of 440
  • Great student attendance to INSPIRE 2019 Conference – 44 students attendees
  • SAC student reps hosted a photo booth at INSPIRE – great participation and promotion for the RTSO
  • Student reps and faculty contributed to the “Membership Matters” RTSO campaign
  • Students and faculty submitted articles to RTSO Airwaves throughout the year, with 10 articles being approved for publication

Gino continues to be a valuable advisor for the SAC while maintaining a position on the RTSO Board of Directors, with a new focus on website management. Thank you Gino, for the great strides made for the Student Affairs Committee…those are some big shoes to fill!

A warm welcome to Greg Donde, who is now Co-Chairing the committee along with Wendy Foote. If you don’t already know Greg, you can read his brief RT biography and see a photo of his smiling face in the introduction included in this issue of RTSO Airwaves.

As always, the mission of the SAC is to empower our students to reach their educational goals and personal potential while engaging their respective cohorts to explore the RT world beyond the classroom. Our goal is to exhibit the value of RTSO membership, professional advocacy and life-long learning that will continue on after graduation.

Stay tuned for more to come from the Student Affairs Committee!