AWARDS

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The Frances Montgomery Compassionate Communities Caregiver Award

Created and Sponsored by Life and Death Matters

The Award

This award celebrates the immense contributions of the social community in caring for people at end-of-life and acknowledges that care of the sick and the dying is “everyone’s responsibility”.  This award acknowledges the invaluable contribution of community members who provide care and support for people throughout the living-dying and bereavement process. It is presented to an individual who is a dedicated “compassionate community caregiver”. It is hoped that the award will be used to help the individual access education or educational resources to increase their care competencies.

The Inspiration for the Award

The award is inspired by Frances Montgomery, an extraordinary compassionate community caregiver. Frankie, a retired nurse, has cared for her parents, in-laws, husband, extended family, friends and community members for over six decades. At 88 years of age, she continues to respond to and provide care for friends and those in her neighbourhood.

I (Kath Murray, founder of Life and Death Matters) often say that “I came to hospice nursing as a child”. It was Frankie (my aunt) who introduced me to care for the dying. Frankie taught me about community, casseroles, custard and caregiving. With her as my mentor, I learned about dying, care of the dying, care of the body after death. And watching her, I knew that care of the sick and the dying is “everyone’s responsibility”. From these childhood experiences, I became passionate about the need for excellent education and resources to help health care workers, nurses, and family members feel more confident and to be more competent in caring. This inspired my writing of the text, “Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers” and the more recent text, “Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Resource for Every Nurse”.

The Recipient

The award will be presented to a dedicated compassionate community caregiver, who works in a paid position, as a volunteer or as an informal caregiver. The caregiver might, like Frankie be a nurse or health care assistant, but the recipient might be a hair stylist, taxi driver, mechanic, gardener etc. This person will understand the needs of the dying and bereaved and will go out of their way to respond to those needs.

Eligibility

An individual, living in British Columbia, who has provided compassionate care and support to patients, loved-ones, neighbors and /or friends when dying or grieving, over a sustained period of time.  This person is one who could use the award to enhance their care competencies.

Application

An individual can apply for the award (requires two additional letters of reference) or can nominate another person for the award (requires one additional letter of reference).

In the application letter, introduce the person, and in a maximum of 500 words, describe the person’s contribution to caring for the dying and bereaved in their community. You may also want to describe what the person will do with the monies when received.

Selection process

BCHPCA’s Awards Committee will select the top applicants and forward the applications and recommendation to Life and Death Matters. Life and Death Matters will make the final award decisions, based on how closely the applicant reflects the inspiration for this award.  If there are several equally outstanding applicants, Life and Death Matters may enter the names in a draw to determine the recipient.

What

The award recipient will receive a cheque for five hundred dollars ($500). The recipient may use this to attend an education course/session, to purchase books, to participate in self-care, or any other project or initiative to enhance his/her care competencies.

Submissions
  • Print and complete Application Form
 Timeline
  • Award applications accepted between January 5 – March 31st, 2017
  • Award presented May 26, 2017 (BCHPCA Awards Luncheon)

Please submit your application and supporting documents to BCHPCA, by:

Mail:  Suite 1100 – 1200 West 73rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 6G5
Fax:    604-267-7026
Email: office@bchpca.org

APPLICATION / NOMINATION FORM

 

The BCHPCA Award of Excellence
Purpose

This award is given to an individual in recognition of outstanding achievement, contributions to, and impact in the field of hospice palliative care in British Columbia.

Criteria:

Nominees must have –

  • Been involved in hospice palliative care for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Enhanced the quality of life for patients and families facing life threatening illness and bereavement.
  • Advanced the profile of hospice palliative care in their community and/or in British Columbia.
  • Exemplified excellence in hospice palliative care in two or more of the following domains at a local and/or provincial level
    • Clinical Practice
    • Education
    • Administration
    • Research
    • Advocacy
Process:
  • Each nomination must be supported by three (3) individuals
  • The nominee must be an Active Individual Member in good standing, or the Designated Representative of an Active Member in good standing, or an Honorary Member of BCHPCA and one nominator must be an Active Individual Member in good standing, or the Designated Representative of an Active Member in good standing, or an Honorary Member of BCHPCA at time of nomination
  • Self-nominations are ineligible
  • An electronic photo of the nominee must be included, and may be used for publicity purposes
  • Submit nominations to the Awards Committee by completing the nomination form.
  • If the nominee is not selected for the award, the nominator will have the option to request that the nomination be carried forward for reconsideration the following year.  Carry forward requests must be received by the submission deadline of the following year and will only be reconsidered if the information remains correct and both nominee and nominator continue to be active members in BCHPCA.
 Selection:
  • The Awards Committee will review all applications and will use a standardized scoring system based on the criteria to make their selection.
  • The Awards Committee will make recommendations to the BCHPCA Board of Directors, who will approve the final selection.
  • The recipient will be notified by BCHPCA and invited to attend the presentation ceremony during the BCHPCA Annual conference.
Submissions:
  • Print and Complete
    – Nomination Forms (2 Pages)
    – Overall Criteria (1 Page)
    -2 or more of the Domain Criteria  
  • Submit the nomination package by mail, email, or fax by the date indicated

 

The BCHPCA Award of Excellence Nomination Form 2017

A – Overall Criteria 2017

B1-Clinical
B2-Education
B3-Administration
B4-Research
B5-Advocacy

 

Submission deadline is April 7, 2017

The BCHPCA Volunteer Award
Purpose

This award is given to an individual in recognition of their outstanding personal achievement as a volunteer working in Hospice Palliative Care in British Columbia.

Eligibility

Volunteers who exemplify excellence in the field of Hospice Palliative Care through commitment and leadership in providing direct care to patients OR

Volunteers who exemplify excellence in organizational support, through fund development, board activities , or administrative duties.

Criteria:

Nominees must have –

  • Provided long term, exceptional service as a volunteer in Hospice Palliative Care in a variety of positions.
  • Made a significant impact on the quality of life of patients and families facing life threatening illness and bereavement in their community/province
  • Advanced Hospice Palliative Care through the volunteer services they have offered.
  • Exemplified the spirit of volunteerism.
Process:
  • Each nomination must be supported by three (3) individuals
  • The nominee must be an Active Individual Member in good standing, or the Designated Representative of an Active Member in good standing, or an Honorary Member of BCHPCA and one nominator must be an Active Individual Member in good standing, or the Designated Representative of an Active Member in good standing, or an Honorary Member of BCHPCA at time of nomination
  • Self-nominations are ineligible.
  • An electronic photo of the nominee must be included, and may be used for publicity purposes
  • Submit nominations to the Awards Committee by completing the nomination form
  • If the nominee is not selected for the award, the nominator will have the option to request that the nomination be carried forward for reconsideration the following year.  Carry forward requests must be received by the submission deadline of the following year and will only be reconsidered if the information remains correct and both nominee and nominator continue to be active members in BCHPCA.
Selection:
  • The Awards Committee will review all applications and will use a standardized scoring system, based on the criteria, to make their selection.
  • The Awards Committee will make recommendations to the BCHPCA Board of Directors, who will approve the final selection.
  • The recipient will be notified by BCHPCA and invited to attend the presentation ceremony during the BCHPCA Conference
Submissions:
  • Submit the nomination package by mail, email, or fax by the date indicated.

The BCHPCA Volunteer Award Nomination Form 2017  (4 pages)

Submission deadline is April 7, 2017

2016 Award Recipients
The BCHPCA & Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Award(s) Recognizing Enhanced End-Of-Life Care for British Columbians

This special initiative is funded by the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem (SOSJ), Knights Hospitaller and is administered by the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA). BCHPCA Program Members in good standing and with current charitable status may apply for this Award; each award is valued at up to $5,000. In 2016, the SOSJ presented the eight following Awards

CAMP KERRY SOCIETY – Camp Kerry Community Choir.

COMOX VALLEY HOSPICE SOCIETY – Family-Centered Bereavement Care Training

MISSION HOSPICE SOCIETY – Children’s Bereavement Camp.

NANAIMO COMMUNITY HOSPICE SOCIETY – One-to-One Grief Support for Children and Youth.

NORTH OKANAGAN HOSPICE SOCIETY – First Nations Engagement Project

PACIFIC RIM HOSPICE SOCIETY – Grief Support in First Nations Communities.

 

The BCHPCA Award of Excellence

This Award recognizes outstanding personal achievement in the field of Hospice Palliative Care in British Columbia, in either a paid or volunteer position. In 2016, the BCHPCA Award of Excellence was presented to:

Suzanne Lehbauer
Suzanne is the Executive Director of the Castlegar Hospice Society; she has been involved in hospice palliative care for the past eight years.  She has been previously recognized with the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award (2011); the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce Community Services Award (2015) and the Castlegar Citizen of the Year Award (2008).  When asked to support Suzanne’s Nomination, Lawrence Chernoff, the Mayor of Castlegar stated, “Ms. Lehbauer has provided and continues to provide outstanding leadership to the society and the community in the ongoing effort to ensure excellence in service in hospice palliative care and creating compassionate communities.”

Suzanne served as a Regional Director on the BCHPCA Board of Directors in 2011: she has been on the NCARE Advisory Committee since 2012 and the West Kootenay Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Committee since 2012.

Suzanne is an ongoing lecturer a Selkirk College’s Nursing Program and their international Students Nursing Program; she provides workshops and support group services to the West Kootenay Brain Injury Association: she has been a guest lectures for the Physician’s Association End of Life Practice Support Group, and provides ongoing in-service training for the nursing staff at Talarico Extended Care Facility.

Suzanne was a contributing author to “Promoting Volunteer Capacity in Hospice Palliative Care: a narrative review,” published in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (2012).

 

The BCHPCA Volunteer Award

This Award recognizes the outstanding personal achievements of volunteers working in Hospice Palliative Care in British Columbia. The 2016 BCHPCA Volunteer Award recipient is:

SUSAN MALONE, of the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley

Susan Malone has been volunteering with the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley in Invermere, since its inception.  During that time, she has served as the Office Administrator, as a Volunteer Visitor, as a Vigil Volunteer, as a Program Assistant, as the Office Manager and Coordinator and as the Coordinator for the local Hike for Hospice Event.

She is available to clients at the end of life; provides support to the Executive Director as required and supports and mentors other Volunteer Visitors.

With clients and their families, Susan provides ongoing emotional support; she is a  patient and empathetic listener, and she has developed her ability to be present without being intrusive.

Susan had become a model, inspiring other volunteer sot be effective listeners and facilitators for those experiencing their end of life journeys.

Following the death of his wife, one client wrote, “I can’t speak highly enough about Susan and all she did for us.  Susan’s compassion, understanding and patience were remarkable.  My wife really enjoyed her presence and praised her very highly even in the last days of her life.  I don’t have enough words to express our gratitude and how highly we think of her.”

 

2015 Award Recipients
The BCHPCA & Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Award(s) Recognizing Enhanced End-Of-Life Care for British Columbians

This special initiative is funded by the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem (SOSJ), Knights Hospitaller and is administered by the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA). BCHPCA Program Members in good standing and with current charitable status may apply for this Award; each award is valued at up to $5,000. In 2015, the SOSJ presented the eight following Awards

CAMP KERRY SOCIETY – Camp Kerry Community Choir.

COMOX VALLEY HOSPICE SOCIETY – Settling Program.

LANGLEY HOSPICE SOCIETY – Cooking for One Classes.

MISSION HOSPICE SOCIETY – Children’s Bereavement Camp.

NORTH OKANAGAN HOSPICE SOCIETY – Living Well Dying Well Program.

PACIFIC RIM HOSPICE SOCIETY – Drop-in Grief Support to Remote First Nations Communities.

PATHWAYS YOUNG ADULT HOSPICE – Bridging the Gap Program.

The BCHPCA Award of Excellence

This Award recognizes outstanding personal achievement in the field of Hospice Palliative Care in British Columbia, in either a paid or volunteer position. In 2015, the BCHPCA Award of Excellence was presented to:

TERRI ODENEAL, MScN
Terri has been the Executive Director of the Comox Valley Hospice Society since 2004.  During that time, she has taken on a variety of projects that have increased the quality of life for people living in her community.  The Society has grown, providing ever increasing service levels, as a result of Terri’s leadership and efforts.

In addition, Terri has been very active at the provincial and national levels through her service on the BCHPCA (2006-2014) and CHPCA (2011-2014) Boards of Directors.   She was a founding member of the Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices (VIFOH), taking over as President of that organization 2 years ago.   Terri has been a tireless advocate for hospice palliative care at all levels, and spearheaded an initiative that resulted in a Vancouver Island-wide website under the flagship of the VIFOH to advocate for Advance Care Planning.

Terri is creative; she is discerning and deliberate in her actions; she is a very strong leader; she is compassionate and caring, and she is someone who remains passionate about the delivery of hospice palliative care.   She led the cause within her own community to establish hospice beds and has been successful in ensuring that this will come to fruition.  She continues to advocate for additional beds across Vancouver Island to ensure that every community can serve the dying and their families.

Hospice palliative care is alive and well in the northern part of Vancouver Island due in large part to Terri’s efforts and as a result many lives have been changed for the better.

The BCHPCA Research Award in honour of Dr. Michael Downing

The 2015 BCHPCA Research Award in Honour of Dr. Michael Downing has been awarded to:

KAREN COOK, PhD RN
for her research into the experiences of young adults living with palliative conditions who ae ageing out of children’s services.
Transitioning to Adult Services: A Case Study

The BCHPCA Volunteer Award in Recognition of Shara-Lee

This Award recognizes the outstanding personal achievements of volunteers working in Hospice Palliative Care in British Columbia. The 2015 BCHPCA Volunteer Award recipient is:

PENNY LEINS, of the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society

Penny Leins has volunteered in the field of Hospice Palliative Care for 30 years!  Many of Penny’s qualities reflect the award criteria: generosity of spirit, commitment, responsibility, service, inspiration, enhancement and leadership.  Penny has other qualities that she brings to her volunteer work, including: compassion, wisdom, patience, and kindness.  During Penny’s time of service to Nanaimo Hospice, she has made many friends, as well as supported and assisted many clients and their families.

Penny is loved and respected by all.  Whether she is sorting items at the Thrift Store; accompanying grief clients at the Walking Group, or visiting palliative patients in their homes, Penny exudes a gentle, easy energy that makes it easy for people to confide in her and feel supported by her.  

When asked to describe Penny, her colleagues at the Thrift Store created this poem:

ODE TO PENNY

As roses are red and violets are blue,
To our wonderful Penny great praise is due.
In palliative care she has worked many years,
And with love and kindness allayed many fears.
Her compassionate nature is known to all.
She is quick to answer any distress call.
She’s a noteworthy cook, wife, Grandmother and friend.
Her gardens are glorious, which she carefully tends,
She’s a valued member of the hospice thrift store.
Penny’s a treasure, need we say more?

2014 Award Recipients
The BCHPCA & Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Award(s) Recognizing Enhanced End-Of-Life Care for British Columbians

This special initiative is funded by the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem (SOSJ), Knights Hospitaller and administered by the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association. BCHPCA Program Members in good standing may apply for this Award; each award is valued at up to $5,000. In 2014, the SOSJ presented six Awards to the following:

CAMP KERRY SOCIETY – to enhance their Youth Bereavement Program.

CASTLEGAR HOSPICE SOCIETY – to develop a pilot Drop-in Grief Support Program.

FRASER CANYON HOSPICE SOCIETY – for their Camp Skylark Program.

MISSION HOSPICE SOCIETY – to recruit and train new hospice volunteers.

NANAIMO COMMUNITY HOSPICE SOCIETY – to develop a Suicide Bereavement Program.

OCEANSIDE HOSPICE SOCIETY – to prepare a community-specific Patient Navigator Toolkit.

The BCHPCA Award of Excellence

This Award recognizes outstanding personal achievement in the field of Hospice Palliative Care in British Columbia, in either a paid or volunteer position. In 2014, the BCHPCA Award of Excellence was presented to:

DR. PAUL SUGAR began his medical career as an Emergency Care Physician in Toronto in 1975; he served as an in-house physician at Oakalla Prison and then completed a locum placement at a downtown Vancouver Community Health Clinic; in 1980, he became a family physician on the North Shore. Dr. Sugar has been a Palliative Care Physician at Lions Gate Hospital and the North Shore Hospice since 2007. In this role, he is “always on call for the dying.” He makes home visits and gives family members permission to call him day or night. One of his nominators stated that she, “was always impressed by his compassion, generosity, and the thoroughness of his care, but I have never known a medical professional to excel with the level of grace with which he ministers to those who are most vulnerable.” In 2012,Dr. Sugar won two HEABC, Excellence in BC Health Care Awards, receiving both the VGH Health Care Hero and the Provincial Health Care Hero Awards. In 2013, he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his 30 years of dedicated medical service to the community in the field of palliative care. Dr. Sugar is a co-founder and Vice-President of the Paul Sugar Palliative Care Foundation – established to provide assistance to those individuals living with a terminal illness and in financial need.

The BCHPCA Research Award in honour of Dr. Michael Downing

This Award was not presented in 2014.

The BCHPCA Volunteer Award in Recognition of Shara-Lee

This Award recognizes the outstanding personal achievements of volunteers working in Hospice Palliative Care in British Columbia. It is named in honour of Shara-Lee Coupal Franking who exemplified the generosity of spirit that is the foundation of volunteerism. In 2014, this recognition awards was presented to:

PAT DESBOTTES has spent thirty years as a volunteer with the Salt Spring Hospice/Bessie Dane Foundation; she was the organization’s first President, holding that role for nine years. Pat remains the “connection with the beginnings of hospice activity on [Salt Spring] Island.” Pat continues to sit vigil; organize training for new volunteers, and as a Board Member assist with Health Authority and BCHPCA activities and raise funds. Because of her interest, compassion and energy, Salt Spring Hospice has become a vital member of the Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices. Pat’s dedication to the needs of her Salt Spring Island neighbours who are facing death “knows no bounds.”

 

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