Nursing Leadership Award

The Nursing Leadership Award builds on the themes of patient-centred care and nursing leadership, and honours those who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in these areas.

The call for nominations for this award closed on November 30. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to submit Section B of the nomination form by February 1.

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Selection Committee


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2019 Recipient: Dr. Vanessa Burkoski 

Dr. Burkoski has been a visionary leader for developing HRH’s Patient Safety Plan, and the roadmap for HRH’s journey to high reliability. Through her executive leadership and strategic direction, HRH recently achieved Exemplary Status through Accreditation Canada. She has demonstrated her vision for quality patient care, innovation, and leadership in nursing in a variety of ways. Dr. Burkoski has been instrumental in advancing HRH evidence-based practice through the creation of engaged Reinventing Patient Care Councils where teams have incorporated patient and family advisors to work together with staff on locally driven quality improvement initiatives.

Her innovation with patients and families is particularly evident in the last two years where patient and family advisors co-authored many posters for presentations. To support scholarly capacity, she also launched the HRH Annual Scholarly Practice Day, where all innovations and scholarly activities are recognized, and findings disseminated to teams. Click here for the full article


Past Recipients

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

2017, Fiona Karmali

2016, Scott Robertson

2015, Sandra Lauck

2014, Patricia O'Connor FCCHL

2013, Doris Grinspun

2012, Theresa Fillatre CHE

2011, Lucie Tremblay AdmA, CHE