Lois Scott is a trailblazer who has worked tirelessly to improve clinical services and access to health care for all New Brunswickers.
As a young girl living in Stonehaven, a small fishing community in northern New Brunswick, Ms. Scott knew she wanted to be a nurse.
She graduated from nursing programs at The Moncton Hospital School of Nursing, Université de Moncton and Dalhousie University. Over her 44-year nursing career, she held a variety of positions in the emergency department at the Moncton Hospital, with the Department of Health, and as a member of the senior management team of two large, international private sector companies. In addition, she served on many government and professional nursing and health-care boards, advisory committees and/or task forces which focused on quality care and clinical standards.
In the early 1990s, Ms. Scott initiated the first public-private tele-care service in Canada with 24/7 access. With great tenacity, a strong entrepreneurial spirt, skilled advocacy and the support of a dedicated and competent team, she led the clinical and business development of this service from a small pilot program in New Brunswick to one that provided Canada-wide services within four years.
Because Canada was recognized as a global tele-health leader and Ms. Scott as one of its pioneers, she was asked to assist with the creation of the International Council of Nursing’s Tele-nursing Network and other global tele-health initiatives. Her reputation as an international leader also resulted in invitations to speak at many health-care conferences across North America and Europe.
In addition to her impressive leadership within health care, Ms. Scott also participated in the advancement of other social, economic development and post-secondary organizations, serving in governance roles for many different organizations, including NBCC, IWK Health Centre, National Research Council, Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation and Enterprise Greater Moncton.
Ms. Scott’s contributions have been recognized with awards of distinction by several organizations, including NBCC Alumni, Dalhousie University, Canadian Nurses Association, The Moncton Hospital, New Brunswick Nurses Association and International Society of Telehealth.
Lois Scott is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for pioneering the establishment of a provincewide telehealth service and contributing to the well-being of all New Brunswickers.