2016 Nursing Excellence Awards and Bursaries

2016 Nursing Bursary Recipients

“It is important to celebrate and recognize excellence within our organization – to pause and pay attention to the many colleagues around us who are working to earn the complete confidence of their patients and co-workers,” remarked Gillian Kernaghan, St. Joseph’s President and CEO, when she addressed attendees at St. Joseph’s Nursing Excellence Awards on June 14.

Gillian Kernaghan

“The nurses who receive these awards exemplify the mission, vision and values of St. Joseph’s.”

The annual event acknowledges individuals who have been nominated by their colleagues, for their dedication to exceptional care and also awards nurses who are pursuing further education with some financial assistance through bursary grants.

Karen Perkin, VP, Patient Care and Chief Nurse Executive (pictured above) was also on hand to celebrate the successes of her nurses. “I am very proud of the efforts and achievements of all of the nurses in our organization and especially those who have been recognized by their peers as demonstrating excellence in patient care,” said Karen. “Today is a day to celebrate the examples of nurses who are positive influences for their patients and co-workers and who exemplify passion in practice, teaching, coaching and leadership.”

Karen Perkin speaking at the nursing awards

2016 Nursing Excellence Award recipients:

Nursing Awards for Excellence in Direct Care:

Sandy Rycroft, RNSandy Rycroft, RN

“A nurse is not what I am, it is who I am.”









Sandy Mendonca, RN

Sandy Medonca, RPN

”I have learned so much from so many over my 16 years of service with St. Joseph’s and I hope to keep learning for many years to come.”








Nursing Awards for Excellence in Leadership:

Heather ClarkHeather Clarke, RPN

”To the Veterans, my heroes: I promise I will continue to advocate that you always be treated with kindness compassion, dignity and respect until your last breath.”







Nursing Award for Excellence in Teaching & Coaching:

Grace Van Den BergGrace van den Berg, CNS

“I am very lucky to be surrounded by some awesome colleagues.” 









Annette Heard, RN was recipient of Nursing Excellence in Direct Care (not pictured).


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