Membership Profile - Grace McKeown

Tell us about yourself.
I just retired from Fraser Health Authority (FHA) after 36 years in healthcare. Graduated from BCIT in Health Record Administration and Health Care Management. I was born in Golden, BC, raised in North Burnaby, and have lived in Port Moody the past 28 years. I am married with 3 children and 2 dogs I have my PMP, CCMP (first 500!), Prosci certification, and CTI Coaching certification.


How did you get into Change Management? My career started in health records and finished with FH’s internal consulting team called Strategic Transformation Team (STT). I was a founding member of the team that was established in 2002. STT provided an integrated project and change management service and also strategy and planning services. Initially we did not have a structured change management methodology but always recognized and tried to address the “people side” of change in our projects. We were trained and certified in Prosci in 2011 and adopted it as our core change management methodology. My proudest achievement was the Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) Critical Care Tower Redevelopment project.

Why did you decide to join ACMP Vancouver? I wanted to remain professionally active in my retirement and was seeking to do volunteer work for an organization and this seemed like a perfect fit! I am excited to be a part of ACMP Vancouver to continue to develop my change management skills, experiences, and networks and also the opportunity to give back to the profession

What are you working on? I started my retirement on May 1, 2018 and had planned on taking 4 months off to relax, refresh, and reflect on my next life and career chapter. I am interested in doing contract work in project/change consulting, coaching and advisory services I am exploring volunteer opportunities with Minerva and Dress for Success

Do you have any recommended change management books / resources to share? My change management practices was influenced by organization development training and/or books including: William Bridges’ Transition Model, Human Systems Dynamics (HSD), The Information Paradox, Fujitsu Consulting (outcome mapping method and tools) Creating the Dynamic Enterprise (STEP Model) Clear Leadership, Gevaise Bushe CTI Coaching Training David Rock’s SCARF model

How do you like to spend your time outside of work? I practice Tae Kwon Do and currently have my blue belt. I enjoy fitness training at the gym, walking my dogs, Yoga and reading.

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