Social Workers

Being a patient in hospital can be difficult and complicated, especially for those separated from home, loved ones and familiar routines. Illness can significantly impact patients socially and emotionally. When a patient has experienced significant loss or changes in abilities, struggles to adapt to health changes, or does not have the adequate resources to manage, a social worker can help.

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is proud to recognize and celebrate the contributions of this growing team of health care professionals the first week of March during Social Work Week. The 2016 theme of Social Work Week is "Social Workers Help Turn Issues Into Answers".

Introducing Bryn MilnerBryn Milner always knew she wanted to be a Social Worker and has spent 25 years helping others. For Bryn, it's the feeling of knowing the time she has spent with a patient has made their hospital experience that much easier that is so rewarding. Social work support has been part of the Dialysis Clinic at the Huntsville site since its inception in 1996. As a Social Worker in renal care, Bryn provides education and counseling to patients living with kidney disease and their options for treatment. She assists with referrals, helps patients navigate the health care system, and connects them to resources in the community. In her spare time, Bryn enjoys kayaking, knitting, and strolling our provincial parks. She loves spending countless hours in her craft room where she makes rubber-stamp card creations.




Introducing Nicole SchelterNicole Schelter is a new face at MAHC, supporting patients 65 years and older through SASOT (Seniors Assessment & Support Outreach Team). Her role as a Social Worker on the team is to guide and advocate for seniors in the community and to help them access the services or resources they need to live safely at home. By identifying risks in the home, the work that Nicole does helps seniors to avoid a visit to the hospital and maintain independent living. Nicole's decade of experience as a Social Worker has taken her to the Arctic Circle where she has worked with some of the most vulnerable population in the Inuit communities of Nunavut. Nicole is kept busy by her twin boys and is enjoying everything that Muskoka has to offer. 




Introducing Julia HendersonJulia Henderson joined MAHC in November 2015 and provides inpatient Social Work services, primarily to the Complex Continuing Care Unit. In her role, Julia supports patients who have experienced significant loss or change in abilities that require individual and/or family adjustments. She provides counselling and assessment services, crisis intervention, patient and family education, resource referral and advocacy, and consultation with medical and allied health providers. Over the last 15 years, Julia's career has focused on children's mental health, and more recently child protection. Julia enjoys contributing to the community and has been a board member for Family, Youth & Child Services of Muskoka, a therapy dog handler with St. John's Ambulance, and a Big Sister/In-school mentor. She is happy to play a role in Social Work at MAHC.



Introducing Cherie WaldockMore than any other time of the year, Social Work Week encourages Social Workers to reflect on and rejoice in the role they play in the lives of patients and families that they support. For Cherie Waldock, being a Social Worker with the Seniors Assessment and Support Outreach Team at SMMH motivates her to get up in the morning and go to work.
She supports patients over the age of 65, helping them access the services they need to avoid a visit to the hospital and maintain independent living safely at home. She also provides education to support independence and informed decision-making. Cherie has enjoyed the past four years with SASOT and embodies patient-centered care. She is also part of the Team Building Committee at MAHC.