Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Awards of Excellence who will be honored yesterday during a special ceremony presented by Pfizer!
LINDA MASSÉ, RECIPIENT OF THE GUSTAV LEVINSCHI NURSING AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
At the Gustav Levinschi Foundation, we believe that nurses provide
the cornerstone of care for sick children and their families. That is
why we are very proud to celebrate the outstanding work of Linda
Masse by presenting her with the Gustav Levinschi Nursing Award
Linda has spent 28 years of her 31-year career in the pediatric
intensive care unit of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She has
cared for thousands of children and their families, often during a very
critical and traumatic period in their lives. Linda is an outstanding
nurse and teacher. Before they leave the PICU, she will teach parents
the skills they require to care for a critically ill child at home, and
she serves as a guide and a mentor for new nurses. Linda is always
there for her patients and their families, and encourages them to call
her whenever they need her, day or night.
The Gustav Levinschi Foundation shares Linda’s deeply-held
commitment to giving back to the community and we are proud to
support the important work of such a remarkable and respected
Read the article about Linda Massé in the Chez Nous magazine.
GAIL AUERBACH, RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL BANK COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The National Bank has been a socioeconomic ally of the Montreal
community for almost 145 years. Thanks to our One for Youth
program and our volunteer program, we place young people at the
heart of our involvement with the communities we serve. The Bank
and its employees are proud of our association with the Montreal
Children’s Hospital and are honoured to be able to recognize an
outstanding individual whose volunteer work has helped to change
the lives of the Children’s young patients.
Gail Auerbach is one of those individuals. For seven years, she has
volunteered countless hours to support the Ball for the Children’s,
including serving on its silent auction committee. Each and every
year, she strives to surpass her fundraising goals from the previous
year and so far, has raised half a million dollars for the Hospital. Gail
initiated the first contact between P.K. Subban and the Montreal
Children’s Hospital Foundation, which helped lead to the star
Montreal Canadiens defenseman’s $10 million, seven-year commitment
to the Hospital.
Gail Auerbach is an exceptional volunteer who constantly seeks to
outdo herself, and her passion for the cause of sick children is second
to none. We are very proud to award this amazing woman, and
mother of six children, the National Bank Community and Volunteer
Award of Excellence.
Read the article about Gail Auerbach in the Chez Nous magazine.
ANN HÉBERT, RECIPIENT OF THE PROVIGO PROFESSIONAL STAFF
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Provigo, a member of the Loblaw Group, firmly believes in helping
the communities it serves, most notably through the President’s
Choice Children’s Charity. These are the values that have brought us
to sponsor the Provigo Professional Staff Award of Excellence.
As Volunteer Services Coordinator, Ann is responsible for recruiting
and coordinating an army of volunteers, who give up their free time
to read a story, play a game or just lend a compassionate ear to the
Hospital’s patients and families at what is often one of the worst
times of their lives. Open to trying new approaches, Ann carries out
this huge undertaking always with the patients and families in mind.
Ann also works hard to ensure that her colleagues have a pleasant
work environment. As chair of the Hospital`s Quality of Life at
Work committee, Ann can be counted on to go above and beyond,
sacrificing her lunch hours to put up decorations or to set up staff party events.
Without Ann, the hospital would be a very different place. We salute
her outstanding work and congratulate her on receiving the
Provigo Professional Staff Award of Excellence.
Read the article about Ann Hébert in the Chez Nous magazine.
DR. ROBERT PLATT, RECIPIENT OF THE SHIRE RESEARCH AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
At Shire, our purpose is to enable people with life-altering conditions
to lead better lives. As a firsthand witness to the vital role researchers
play in our lives, and as a loyal partner of the Montreal Children’s
Hospital Foundation, we are proud to grant this award to a researcher
whose work has been highly influential in Canada, Dr. Robert Platt.
For over 20 years, the Children’s biostatistician has used numbers
for the benefit of public health. He developed a calculation method
that is now widely used throughout the country: the postnatal growth
chart. Over the course of his career, he has published 245 articles,
mostly in prestigious scientific journals; 20 of his papers have been
cited over 100 times each, attesting to the high regard the scientific
community has for his work.
Our team is proud to pay tribute to the remarkable work of
Dr. Robert Platt, winner of the Shire Research Award of Excellence.
Read the article about Dr. Robert Platt in the Chez Nous magazine.
DR. CHANTAL POULIN, RECIPIENT OF THE SUB-ZERO AND WOLF MEDICAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Sub-Zero and Wolf firmly believe in the importance of bringing
people together, both in the kitchen and in the community. Over the
years, Sub-Zero and Wolf have proven to be active supporters of
the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and are proud to
sponsor the Sub-Zero andWolfMedical Award of Excellence.
This year’s recipient, Dr. Chantal Poulin, is an outstanding doctor
who truly loves children. She currently holds two director positions.
During her ten years as director of pediatric neurology, Dr. Poulin’s
leadership has brought the division to be regarded as among the most
reputable in the country. Her colleagues will tell you she takes on
colossal responsibilities by treating a large number of patients with
complex neurological issues, all while displaying an incredible sense
of empathy. She also distinguishes herself through her teaching
skills, for which she has received numerous awards.
It is a real honour for us to highlight Dr. Chantal Poulin’s remarkable
career by awarding her the Sub-Zero and Wolf Medical Award of
Read the article about Dr. Chantal Poulin in the Chez Nous magazine.
STEFANO RUVO, RECIPIENT OF THE TD NICOLAS W. MATOSSIAN JUNIOR COMMUNITY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.
As a proud partner of the Children’s, TD is honoured to once again
sponsor the TD Nicolas W. Matossian Junior Community Award of
Excellence, which recognizes the efforts of exceptional children.We
could not be prouder this year to learn that the award will be
presented to the child of a member of the TD family, Rosa Bologna’s
Shortly after he was born, Stefano was diagnosed with a rare medical
condition affecting his nervous system which prevents him from
breathing on his own. He required a tracheotomy to attach a ventilator
and one third of his small intestine had to be removed. Thanks
to his incredible tenacity and indomitable determination, coupled
with the skill of the healthcare workers at the Children’s, Stefano
is able to experience life like any other child his age: he wears a
diaphragm stimulator that is grafted underneath his skin that allows
him to be more mobile and to attend school.
A playful and charismatic six year old, Stefano never gives up in the
face of adversity. His courage inspires his loved ones to fundraise for
the Hospital’s complex care department. At TD, we are equally
inspired by Stefano and it is with great humility that we present him
with the TD NicolasW.Matossian Award of Excellence.
Read the article about Stefano Ruvo in the Chez Nous magazine.
PATRIZIA CIOCCA, RECIPIENT OF THE TRANSFORCE ADMINISTRATIVE AND CLINICAL SUPPORT STAFF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
At TransForce, we foster professional growth and reward dedication
because we know that our employees are the core of our success. This
is why we are committed, through the TransForce Administrative
and Clinical Support Staff Award of Excellence, to honour a
Children’s staff member who goes the extra mile for the well-being
of sick children.
Patrizia Ciocca has spent 17 years working in the Hematology/
Oncology Clinic and sees each day as a blessing. She takes her role
as administrative assistant very seriously, ensuring that her work
is carried out with the utmost efficiency for she knows her efforts
will have a direct impact on the families of children with cancer. For
example, Patrizia is aware that any delays can influence the speed
with which anxious families of children with cancer will receive
important information about medical test results. A caring professional,
Patrizia is always ready to lend a sympathetic ear to families
and to help improve their hospital stay to the best of her ability.
TransForce would like to congratulate Patrizia for her exceptional
work. It is an honour to be able to present her with the TransForce
Administrative and Clinical Support Staff Award of Excellence.
Read the article about Patrizia Ciocca in the Chez Nous magazine.