Purpose of the Living the Mission Award:
The Living the Mission Award recognizes people or teams from CHSO member organizations who have made a significant contribution over a sustained period of time to the advancement of Catholic health care in Ontario. The award is to acknowledge the highest level of excellence in the area of demonstrated and recognized day-to-day expression of Mission. The Living the Mission Award recipient has inspired and mentored others, carried the mission to the next generation of leaders, and is a beacon of servant leadership.
Who is Eligible?
The Living the Mission Award is open to all individuals who meet the criteria outlined below. This includes both lay people and religious. This includes individuals who are employed, or have been employed, in a CHSO member organization; as well as persons who hold, or have served in, such roles as Board member, resource person, advisor or mentor.
Criteria – Each Nominee:
1. Champions the value of Catholic healthcare today, the healing ministry of Jesus, and the gospel mission.
2. Embodies the organization’s mission, vision and values, and integrates mission into daily operations.
3. Articulates the value of Catholic health care, and enables others to do the same.
4. Inspires, mentors and supports others to embrace the organization’s mission, and has an impact on forming a new generation of Catholic healthcare leaders.
5. Demonstrates a commitment to performance excellence and high quality program and service delivery.
6. Embraces the principle of collaboration, and the value of organizations working together to create a high quality integrated healthcare system.
Call for Nominations
For more information, see 2021 Living the Mission Award Call for Nominations
Jo-Anne Palkovits – 2021 Award RecipientJo-Anne has been with St. Joseph’s Health Centre for 20 years, and through her leadership she has helped ensure the sustainability and perpetuation of the mission instilled by its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph. Her nomination reflected that she has been a fierce advocate for securing resources and developing programs to address unmet needs and serve the community’s most vulnerable. She also has worked tirelessly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, often a great personal sacrifice. She consistently shows her deep gratitude for the wonderful work that staff do in these difficult times.
Beth Johnson and Maryan Hassan - 2020 Award Recipients
The 2020 CHSO Living the Mission Award process was completed earlier this year. The recipient(s) of the award are normally announced at the CHSO Gala Dinner, which was to be held this year on March 30, and cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a date to reschedule the Gala Dinner has not yet been determined, we would like to take this opportunity to announce these two very deserving recipients of the 2020 CHSO Living the Mission Award:
Beth Johnson, Executive Director, Mission Integration, Volunteer and Visitor Services, Unity Health Toronto - Nominated by President & CEO Tim Rutledge.
Maryan Hassan, PSW, St. Patrick's Home - Nominated by President & CEO Janet Morris and the St. Patrick's Leadership Team
The CHSO Selection Committee determined that the award should go to two candidates this year as Beth and Maryan both exemplify the qualities of a mission leader in their organizations, even though they have very different roles. Beth is a very strong candidate for the award and, in her previous role at Unity Health, lived the role of a mission leader every day in her work. Maryan works on the front line, at the bedside, and is representative of the kind of commitment and spirit that the award seeks to acknowledge. Please join CHSO in congratulating Beth and Maryan!
Barb O'Shea - 2019 Award Recipient
Barb O’Shea was hired by the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul and has committed her 43-year career in health care, working for Providence Care, Kingston demonstrating the principles of Catholic social teaching every day. Barb contributes to the delivery of health care by the many lives she touches through relationships developed across our community and with our patients, residents, and clients and their families, and also with broader Catholic provincial health care providers. These relationships demonstrate how Barb embraces and models our values of respect, dignity, compassion, and stewardship.
Voices, Opportunities, and Choices Employment Club, Kingston (VOSEC) - 2019 Award Recipient
Voices, Opportunities, and Choices Employment Club (VOCEC) is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing supportive employment to people living with mental illness, and who are recipients of mental health services at Providence Care and elsewhere in the community of Kingston. VOCEC’s mission, ‘through work, recovery is possible’, minimizes stigma and discrimination and generates hope through the realization of personal potential that empowers the vulnerable and marginalized population to maintain a journey to health, wellness, and recovery.
Kirby Kranabetter - 2018 Award Recipient
This year’s recipient of the CHSO Living the Mission Award is Kirby Kranabetter. The award acknowledges the highest level of excellence in the area of demonstrated and recognized day-to-day expression of Mission. Kirby began working with Bruyère Continuing Care in 1993 as the Coordinator of Pastoral Care. Today, he is the Director of Mission, Ethics, Compliance and Client Relations. Kirby was nominated for this award by the Board and Executive Team at Bruyère: "Everyone at Bruyère knows Kirby as our "mission" champion. He has big shoes to fill to ensure that Bruyère carries the torch of love, respect and compassion which began over 172 years ago by our foundress, Mother Elisabeth Bruyère and to educate and guide staff about the history and importance of that mission. As mission lead, Kirby champions the mission and values every day through his words, actions and interactions with staff and those who approach him. He is always willing to help with a compassionate heart and smile."
On a personal level, Kirby has faced his own life adversities with courage and commitment, having suffered a devastating injury from an accident early in his life. Kirby shared his personal story with those attending the Forum on February 26th. He knows firsthand what it means to be vulnerable as a patient in the system and brings this unique perspective to his work with staff, patients and family members at Bruyère. In his own words, "when you are faced with a difficult medical journey, even the smallest kindness can mean so much to you and your family".
Doris Shirriff - 2017 Award Recipient
The 2017 recipient of CHSO’s Living the Mission Award is Doris Shirriff. Doris was honoured during CHSO’s Forum and Gala Dinner held on June 26, 2017 in Toronto. Doris has inspired and mentored others in her long career as a front-line employee, senior leader and governor within Catholic health care, and most recently at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health. http://www.waypointcentre.ca/news___events/around_waypoint/doris_shirriff_receives_prestigious_catholic_healt/
Sister Sarah Quackenbush - 2016 Award Recipient
Sister Sarah Quackenbush, Sisters of St. Joseph, Sault Ste. Marie, and current Board Member at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Sudbury was honoured on June 27, 2016. Sister Sarah's story can be accessed at: http://chco.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/St.-Josephs-Health-Centre-Sudbury-Media-Release-Sister-Sarah-Quackenbush.pdf
Sister Mary Anne McCarthy - 2015 Award Recipient
On June 22, 2015, Sister Mary Anne McCarthy CSJ received the Living the Mission Award for her ministry as the Director of Mission and Values at Providence Healthcare. Sister Mary Anne's story can be accessed at: http://www.csj-to.ca/story/2015/06/sister-mary-anne-mccarthy-honoured-living-mission-award