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Donovan's Story

Vision & Strategy: The power to make things happen

There is nothing more frustrating than having a desire to achieve something great and not having the means to get there. At many organisations this simply means working harder, but we do things differently here, at the CDHB we believe instead in working smarter. This is why Donovan Ryan loves working here.

Donovan places great value in making a difference to people’s lives, so after he completed his Economics and Social Sciences degrees he went on to do a Masters in Public Health. With a solid education behind him he was able work in a variety of roles, both in Wellington and Christchurch, which closely aligned with his values and overall desire to make a difference. So why did he chose the CDHB?

Donovan chose the CDHB because not only does he believe in where we are going, but because he can see we have a shared desire to get there. Innovative ideas are encouraged, and a fresh perspective is welcome. We don’t just rely on the way we have done things in the past or on the resources available internally, but we embrace everything that is available.

In Donovan’s role as Communication Advisor he leverages off the CDHB's passion for innovative ideas and belief in an integrated system to do the very best he can. Every day is different, he might be interacting with senior managers or clinicians from within the organisation, or working with community organisations who share our values and goals. He may be using his experience in traditional communication channels or working on the latest social media strategy to impact youth mental health.

Do you have a desire to contribute to your community? Are you looking for an organisation that not only values ideas on how we can do things better, but in fact relies on them. The values we hold means we are driven to succeed, in order to succeed we have to rely on the creation of innovative solutions to get there, meaning your ideas are valued and your days filled with variety.

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