Leader Spotlight – Vicki Lanigan
Vicki Lanigan, Medical Laboratory Technologist at Niagara Health
Vicki Lanigan is a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Niagara Health where she leads the Hematology and Transfusion Medicine department in performing quality laboratory testing.
She grew up in Niagara and has established her professional and personal life here in St. Catharine’s where she has worked in the Health care field for 19 years. Her career began at the private laboratory, MDS, in Thorold and then entered the community health care system at Niagara Health in 2001. In her current role as Senior Technologist, she strives to improve practices through leading change and sharing of knowledge with other health care team members.
Vicki demonstrates enthusiasm to learn, motivation to accept new challenges and focus on the success of the Niagara Health within our community. When she isn’t planning for the next family adventure with her husband and kids, she is walking the dogs, playing hockey or trying to improve her golf game.
How do you define community leadership?
Connecting with the community, caring about its concerns and communicating in a way to engage others to participate in improvement.
Why are you personally motivated to explore community leadership?
My passion to participate in leadership began within my workplace.
I routinely participate in change, share new knowledge and continuously strive to improve practices. On personal reflection, I identified that my values and goals aligned with the organizational initiatives which strive to achieve a healthier Niagara.
Also, I feel that I can expand my willingness to participate in positive change to a larger scope through community service. The same engagement drivers are transferrable to community capacity.
Lastly, I am passionate about the success of the Niagara Community and would like to learn more about community concerns and how I can play an active role in community growth and wellness.
What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?
I think in today’s fast-paced world we struggle to cope with daily stress and the challenges we face.
We are constantly exposed to others lives through social media and it can be draining. People are not finding effective ways to deal with the stressors of today. Physical and mental health wellness is a serious concern in Niagara.
How would you go about tackling this issue?
“I believe we need to be less judgmental of others that differ from us and become more curious of each other. “
I believe we need to be less judgmental of others that differ from us and become more curious of each other.
Once we create an opportunity to understand each other than we will have the compassion to care, the ability to connect and willingness to engage in helping others.
In your view, what’s the most important attribute of a leader?
Someone who doesn’t settle with the status quo. A leader should strive to live outside their comfort zone and push the limits of opportunity to expand personal knowledge or skills.
They should be committed to continuous learning, always looking for opportunities to grow and develop and never forgetting to share their new skills and knowledge with others.
A leader should take chances to improve areas and involve others in decision making. They should engage others around them to achieve at their best and demonstrate this by leading with action and living by example.
“A leader should take chances to improve areas and involve others in decision making. “
What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?
I would like to learn how I can share that inner spark of energy I have to improve our lives and engage others to create action towards positive change as well. A direction setter for positive change.
For those who struggle to see past the barriers and obstacles, I would like to provide opportunities and shine light on possibilities for those looking to improve themselves or a situation.
And, I would like to try to get everyone bringing their best effort every day without fear of failure so they remain focused to create action for positive change and an improved environment.