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Saint Elizabeth CEO Shirlee Sharkey receives honourary degree from UOIT

For her distinguished career, social innovation and breakthrough leadership in community healthcare excellence, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) has conferred upon Shirlee Sharkey the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Upon receiving the distinguished award, Ms. Sharkey spoke to students from the faculties of education and health sciences during the university’s convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 8.

Ms. Sharkey shared some suggestions for the newly minted graduates to help them achieve success along the way - including the importance of staying focused, taking your responsibilities seriously and harnessing the power of people.

For more than 25 years, Ms. Sharkey has served as President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a national not-for-profit, charitable organization delivering more than seven million care exchanges annually through its team of 9,000 dedicated leaders and professionals.

Under Ms. Sharkey’s leadership, Saint Elizabeth has enjoyed exponential growth and expansion across Canada, the United States and beyond. Through its significant community benefit investments, Saint Elizabeth has tackled tough issues and facilitated transformative solutions in areas such as indigenous health, end-of-life care, and caregiver wellness and support.


About Saint Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth is a national social enterprise providing home care, health solutions and education to people where they are and when they need it. With Canadian roots and more than 100 years of expertise, the not-for-profit charitable organization is accelerating health care innovation to support healthy lives globally. Through its team of 9,000 health leaders, Saint Elizabeth delivers 19,000 care exchanges daily, totalling 50 million in the last decade alone. Learn more at or find us on social media.

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