Our Leader Spotlight | Krista Unruh
Senior Medical Laboratory Technologist, Niagara Health
This series is dedicated to introducing and celebrating the participants of the ACL+ 2021/22 program. Each week, we will focus on one of our leaders, sharing a little bit about them and what motivates them to explore community leadership in Niagara.
A passionate Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) for twelve years and Senior MLT in Hematology for the last six years, Krista Unruh is proud of the quality laboratory testing performed that helps to provide the best patient care.
Krista enjoys teaching and mentoring students and staff while acting as a technical and operational resource for them. She manages and participates in projects alongside her supervisors, leading her team through change processes, and Krista works to develop collaborative relationships with others.
She strives to create a positive environment where others feel confident and comfortable sharing ideas and suggestions. Krista Unruh actively seeks opportunities and challenges to enhance her personal and professional growth both at work and within the community.
Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?
I want to feel engaged and connected to the community I live in and work to improve it for the well-being of us all. I want to be able to recognize the needs of various populations of our society and gain a deeper understanding of the conditions other people face. I am fortunate to be in a position where my needs are met, however, there are many who are not in the same position and I want to serve and help make their lives better. I want to help make a positive change in organizations to help them achieve their goals.
What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?
I think making mental health resources more readily available and affordable for individuals and families is important. From what I am observing, and that the pandemic has highlighted for me, is that individuals and families are having difficulty trying to find the appropriate resources in a timely manner; and/or when the applicable resource is found, it is quite a financial commitment. The financial cost of mental health resources and treatments are not sustainable for some people, and therefore, some individuals and families cannot pursue treatment or must discontinue their treatment in short order.
What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?
I am hoping to develop and expand my team-building skills, collaboration skills with a diverse group of people with different roles in the community, sharpen my communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; along with developing networking skills and future partnerships.
What Is ACL+?
Accelerate Civic Leadership+ is our answer to adapting our flagship Accelerate Civic Leadership (ACL) program for virtual learning.
Designed as a tool to expand the number of individuals who accept leadership roles in business, government, and social organizations to meet future challenges in the region, ACL+ strengthens the bonds within the region. It serves as a retention and engagement tool for our Niagara businesses and non-profits.