Linda Crawford (currently Executive Director, Programs) will retire from IQMH on October 14, 2016 after 30 years of service to IQMH and its predecessor organizations QMP–LS and LPTP.
Initially trained in the United States, Linda began her career as a medical technologist registered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in 1977 and she came to Canada in 1979. She is a member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario, the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). In 2003 she was honored by the CSMLS with the A.R. Shearer Pride of the Profession Award. She completed a Masters of Heath Science in Health Administration at the University of Toronto in 2005. Linda was awarded the Trillium Award by the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists in 2006 and a Distinguished Fellowship from the CSMLS in 2014. She is an accomplished communicator and has been a member of Toastmasters International for 20 years.
Linda’s passion for quality management in medical laboratories began in 1986 when she joined LPTP as a Consultant Technologist. She held successive positions as Manager, Education and Manager, Laboratory Services and Education. In 2000, when QMP–LS began, she became Director, Ontario Laboratory Accreditation and led the development of an accreditation scheme that is now recognized internationally. At IQMH she served as Director, Accreditation, Policy and Program Development and ultimately Executive Director, Programs. Her current duties include overseeing program development and delivery within our Centre for Accreditation, Centre for Proficiency Testing, and the Centre for Education.
Linda’s motto is to work hard while having fun, she is a master at combining productivity and playfulness. Her 30 years of service have been professionally rewarding and personally satisfying. She exudes every possible quality of a good leader. She instills positive energy in her teams, motivates through good example, and readily acknowledges the abilities of others. Most importantly, she elevates the confidence of those she leads. She is a shining example of poise and professionalism. She is proud to have ensured our accreditation program is recognized world-wide and has particularly enjoyed volunteering with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.
While she is retiring from IQMH, Linda doesn’t plan to stop working. She will remain as an assessor for the Centre for Accreditation and an evaluator for the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, and she has plans to stay involved in medical laboratory science. We expected no less of her in her retirement!
Linda, we thank you for your loyalty and your tireless drive in placing IQMH on the world stage.