Earlier this month a ceremony was held to celebrate extraordinary individuals from across Providence Care. “For over 155 years our Founders, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, have provided care for the people who need it the most in our region,” said Cathy Szabo, President & CEO of Providence Care, “You continue that tradition and carry out their legacy in the work you do each and every day.”
The first group of individuals to be recognized were those celebrating milestone years of service with Providence Care. A total of 148 employees were recognized with long-service awards; however, what is even more impressive is their cumulative years of service. Staff and physicians from Providence Care Hospital, the Providence Manor long-term care home, and our many community programs have dedicated 2960 years to Providence Care and to the people we serve. “The level of commitment from our staff and physicians is what sets our organization apart,” shared Josée Thériault, Vice-Chair of Providence Care’s Board of Directors.
Bursary recipients and individuals who have been recognized formally outside of Providence Care were also acknowledged, followed by the winners of Providence Care’s annual Achievement Awards.
The Spirit of Compassion Award recognizes and celebrates an individual or a team that embodies compassion by being empathetic and conscious in responding to the needs of others. This year’s recipient was Barb Robinson, Program Manager for Inpatient Adult Mental Health. When nominated for the award her colleagues shared that, “while our workplace can be a stressful environment, Barb’s encouragement goes a long way. We truly feel that our efforts are noticed and appreciated.” In return, these colleagues wanted to acknowledge Barb; “we would like her to know that we notice the care and consideration that she brings to her role each and every day. Her enthusiasm and kindness has improved our lives and the lives of the people we serve.”
The Leading with Excellence Award recognizes an individual or team that demonstrates a commitment to learning and leadership, and sharing their knowledge to have a positive impact on others. This year’s recipient was Mary Jo Demers, Professional Practice Leader for Physiotherapy. Mary Jo was nominated by her colleagues for “going above and beyond her clinical and professional role”. Her colleagues shared that “Mary Jo consistently demonstrates a commitment to mentoring and training others, while modeling a high standard of care.”
“Whether you have been recognized for your years of service, professional development or an achievement – your leadership and dedication inspires us and helps us focus on delivering the best care and best opportunities for the people we serve,” said Cathy Szabo. Congratulations to all of the staff members who were recognized at the ceremony and thank you for all that you do each and every day.
More pictures from the annual Recognition Reception are available on our Facebook page.