Fiona Martins lives and works in downtown Toronto and loves working in the community.
Fiona graduated from Central Technical School's Registered Nursing Assistance Program in 1985. Following her graduation, she traveled to destinations such as England, Scotland, Italy, Austria Holland, Turkey, Greece and South Africa and her love of travel have taken her to Portugal, Panama and Mexico in more recent years.
While in England Fiona worked at Great Ormand Street Children's Hospital on the oncology and haematology floor. She worked as a registered nursing assistant in both England and South Africa and gained an understanding of the different practices in other countries and how healthcare is managed outside of Canada. Fiona eventually returned home to marry her best friend from high school.
After returning from abroad, Fiona pursued her other goal which was to return to school to complete the education and training required to become a Registered Nurse. Upon graduation, she was employed as a full-time nurse at St. Michael's hospital and worked in a variety of different areas of the hospital including General Surgery, Neurology/Neuro Surgery, Orthopedics, Cardiology and Cardiovascular surgery.
After working in at St. Michaels Hospital for 11 years, Fiona shifted gears and started working in community-based healthcare. At Storefront Humber, she worked as the lead in the Adult Day Program for seniors with Dementia. Fiona then worked for West Toronto Support Services again as the lead of the Adult Day Program which was a much larger program with triple the clients.
In 2005 Fiona's love of community-based nursing was rekindled as a result of her father becoming terminally ill. The outstanding palliative care he received inspired Fiona to return to the community and become a community nurse with Spectrum Health Care which lead to a position at the CCAC/LHINS. In that capacity she worked at Sunnybrooke Hospital as a discharge planner for the oncology and palliative floors, before transferring to the Palliative team for 9 years.
It was while working for the palliative team that Fiona was introduced to Home Instead Senior Care. She worked with Home Instead Senior Care on multiple occasions often referring many clients to them for services that the LHIN were not able to provide but the clients/families so desperately needed. The progression to Home Instead Senior Care seemed natural.