Bahar Karimi

Candidate for Board Director


Bahar Karimi

LTC Administrator
Idlewyld Manor- Thrive Group
Hamilton, Ontario

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Statement of philosophy

I am lifelong learner passionate about people, equity, peace, and compassion. My philosophy in life and nursing are aligned and I believe that as nursing continues to be one of the most trusted professions, nurses have the opportunity and responsibility to influence people, policies and systems in a way that promotes equity and wellness for all.

Platform message

Nurses absolutely have the potential to transform societies through leading healthcare system with knowledge, compassion, and advocacy. Advocacy for the marginalized and empowering those without power is one of the core responsibilities of nurses and one of my highest passions in life. I am also highly passionate about compassionate leadership, motivating and empowering systems and people to be the best version of themselves, and to mobilize exceptional teams to provide exemplary quality of care and services to the users of our health care system. I hold myself accountable to improve and elevate the profession of nursing within my lifetime.

Biographical information

I am a woman with Iranian background, and I live in Hamilton, Ontario with my husband, our two boys and our dog, Picasso. I am currently the Administrator of Idlewyld Manor, a 192-bed not-for-profit LTC in Hamilton part of Thrive Group. I have held frontline positions as a Personal Support Worker, Registered Practical Nurse, and Registered Nurse. In addition, I have been a Nursing Instructor in the Nursing Programs, an Associate Director of Care and a Director of Resident Services as well as the Executive Director of a Complex Continuing Care facility. I have significant experience and expertise in team building, organizational culture shift, and change management within municipal, non-profit, and for-profit healthcare organizations.

I have a master’s degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree in health administration from University of Toronto and I am a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. I am currently completing my 3rd year of PhD in Nursing, Leadership in Health Services Delivery at University of Western Ontario and I am repeat guest speaker in Leadership, Change Management, and employee wellness for PhD, masters, and MBA programs and for other healthcare organizations.