Sister Elizabeth M. Davis was born in Fox Harbour, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, Newfoundland and Labrador in 1966. During her higher education, she earned a B.A. and B.Ed. (Memorial University 1975); and M.A. (Theology) (Notre Dame 1982) and an M.H.Sc. (Administration) (Toronto 1985). She taught high school from 1969 to 1982. In the period 1985 to 1994 she served as Assistant Medical Director, Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland, and from 1994 to 2000 she was the President and CEO of the Health Corporation of St. John's. She is currently pursuing studies leading to a doctorate in Theology (Biblical Sources) at the Toronto School of Theology where she is also a Sessional Instructor in Introduction to the Old Testament.
Sister Elizabeth has served with great distinction on many national and international bodies including the Council of Licensed Practical Nurses, the Association of Canadian Teaching Hospitals, the Canadian Institute of Health Information, the National Board of Medical Examiners (USA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Newfoundland Labrador's Place in Canada, the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation and the Mercy International Association. She is a much sought after speaker, leader of workshops and facilitator of strategic planning retreats, an editor of journals and a popular and inspirational instructor. Her areas of expertise span a wide range of subjects - from those related to her religious studies to work on patient- focused care, healthcare leadership, quality of care, patient safety, professionalism, health services research, and change management.
Sister Davis' outstanding contributions and the depth of her influence on leaders in health care is evidenced by the many honours and awards bestowed on her, including: Honorary Fellowship Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Alumna of the Year Memorial University of Newfoundland, Member Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) Memorial University, Award for Excellence in Health Care Administration Canadian Healthcare Association, Performance Citation Award Catholic Health Association of Canada, Humanitarian oftheYearAward Canadian Red Cross Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter, Woman of Distinction Award YM/YWCA St. John's Newfoundland, and Citizen of the Year, Knights of Columbus of Newfoundland and Labrador.
-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Arnold Naimark