Dr. Linda Dayler

Dr. Linda Dayler

Dr. Linda Dayler was appointed co-chair of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation in January 2021. She recently served as the Program Committee Chair and has been a director on the Board since January 2017.

Linda recently retired as the Executive Director of Catholic Family Services of Hamilton after 45 years in health and social services. She has a Diploma in Nursing from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and began her career in pediatrics at St Joseph’s Hospital.  She worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses and was a Director of Nursing in Long Term Care. On completion of her BA in Gerontology and Sociology from McMaster University she went on to complete her Master’ s in Public Administration at Queen’s University. This led to her roles as Assistant Executive Director of the District Health Council of Hamilton and 12 years as the Executive Director and Community Developer for the Trauma Prevention Council of Central West Ontario.  In 2011 she completed her Doctorate in Management and Leadership from the University of Phoenix.  The   focus of her dissertation was based on the spiritual model of leadership with an emphasis on Catholic Identity through leadership.

Guided by Catholic values the organization under her leadership, developed into an agency that is a model for servant- leadership.  She was able put leadership theory into practise using her personal leadership philosophy based on the principles of the spiritual leadership. The model supports the development of organizations that are mission driven and based in the core leadership values of altruistic love, hope, integrity, honesty, trust, and transparency.

Recently she completed her certificate in Liturgy and in Pastoral Care from Newman Theology College in Edmonton.  This has led to a position as a Lay Parish Minister at St. Ann’s Parish in Ancaster where she established a Minister of Care.

In   2013 she received the Hamilton Women of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2016 she was awarded the Diocesan Medal of Honour for her work in her parish and her dedication to Catholic Health and Social Services