Maryann Murray and Sandi Kossey, CHE, named recipients of the 2020 Celebrating the Human Spirit Award

April 7, 2020

The Canadian College of Health Leaders is proud to announce that Maryann Murray and Sandi Kossey, CHE, have been named recipients of the 2020 Celebrating the Human Spirit Award.

Maryann Murray, a volunteer with Patients for Patient Safety Canada, and Sandi Kossey, Senior Director with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, are championing and improving medication safety in Canada and globally. Their collective efforts continue to have significant impact on patients, providers, leaders and communities.

Maryann has generously dedicated thousands of hours to improving medication safety after the death of her daughter Martha in 2002. Maryann is playing a key role in shaping the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Medication Without Harm global challenge and implementing the campaign in Canada. Her relentless focus on clear communication helps ensure patient safety is having an impact.

Sandi, also the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety and Patient Engagement, is a determined promoter of patient engagement. She has facilitated the inclusion of patient partners in many decision-making forums in Canada and globally. Her personal leadership and influence on patient engagement in healthcare transformation are making a difference.

The Celebrating the Human Spirit 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.

The Celebrating the Human Spirit Award is sponsored by Stericycle. Stericycle is a global business-to-business services company providing an array of highly specialized solutions serving healthcare organizations and commercial businesses of every size.

This award is part of our CCHL National Awards Program.
For further information and/or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Christian Coulombe
Director, Marketing and Communications
Canadian College of Health Leaders
613-235-7219, ext. 213