Celebrating the Human Spirit Award

This award recognizes and honours the meaningful contributions of individuals or teams, who provide health services, for acts of caring and compassion that go above and beyond the call of duty, which inspire others and have a profound and lasting impact. This can be interpreted broadly to include any act that improves an individual patient’s health and/or spirit, the lives of the patient’s family and/or the community. This award is a vehicle to share their stories with colleagues from across Canada and to help inspire others.

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2016 Recipient: Ontario Shores


Recovery has been defined as a “process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”1 At Ontario Shores, we believe that establishing a recovery environment is job one and have designated and organized our work in recovery as corporate action plan. Hope is at the heart of recovery, and is why we developed the “hope for mental health” campaign.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2011.

View our 2016 Leading Practices booklet to learn more about Ontario Shores initiative.

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Past Recipients

Please see our most recent recipients listed below. Full biography's are available in our Leading Practices booklets.

2015, Saint Elizabeth Health

2014, Carol Kushner and Donna Davis, Patients for Patient Safety Canada

2013, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority, Park Bench Players 

2012, Vancouver Inner City Youth Mental Health Program, Providence Health Care

2011, Dan McGann, Credit Valley Hospital 

2010, Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital