Over 200 employees from around the province are coming together to celebrate staff members who have introduced innovation, demonstrated excellence and provided long service to our organization.
“We work in a very challenging environment and we are all quick to identify where improvements are needed,” said Paul Vallely, Senior Provincial Executive Director of Patient Care and Delivery, and the emcee for the ceremony. “But it’s equally, if not more important, to take time out to recognize and celebrate our successes. That’s why I’m very honoured to be part of this year’s ceremony that recognizes the extraordinary successes of our staff at a provincial level.”
Seventeen Awards of Excellence, the Tony Sunderland Memorial Plaque of Pride and the Chief Operating Officer’s Commendation winners will be announced at the ceremony and more than 170 long service awards for employees that have worked at BCEHS for 25 years or longer will be presented.
The Tony Sunderland Memorial Plaque of Pride is awarded to an employee in recognition of dedication and loyalty to the BC Ambulance Service and a spirit of strong commitment to the needs of communities. Tony Sunderland died of a heart attack while providing patient care in 1988. He was the first BCAS paramedic to die while on duty. The plaque was developed in his honour in consultation with his family.
The Chief Operating Officer’s Commendation is awarded to staff that demonstrate outstanding achievement and illustrate outstanding personal and professional qualities that serve as an example to other employees.
“Reading the nominations for the awards of excellence is always inspiring,” said Linda Lupini, BCEHS Executive Vice-President. “From technological innovations spearheaded by teams trying to improve our processes to one paramedic nominated by a colleague for the exceptional compassion he showed to a child in need; these nominees all share one commonality: they are changing lives.”