Mentorship Award

The Award

The Mentorship Award is presented to a leader in the healthcare system who demonstrates exemplary, sustained commitment to mentoring, and inspiring healthcare leadership. The winner will receive an etched glass trophy, paid travel and accommodations to attend the College's Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership Conference. In addition, the winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize to be directed to the recipient’s health system foundation of choice, to support education and/or leadership initiatives.

Mentorship is a one-on-one relationship in which one person (the mentor) helps develop another (the mentee or protégé) by sharing wisdom, insight and skills, and creating valuable and multifaceted access to organizational dynamics and processes. [1] The mentor may or may not be employed in the same organization as the protégé or be in the protégé's chain of command or profession. [2]



The nominee must be a member of the College. The successful nominee will be viewed by the profession as a recognized leader who, through dedicated service, has made a substantial contribution to healthcare mentorship within their own organization and/or within the health system. To be considered for this award, the nominee will have demonstrated mentorship skills in the following areas:

  • providing constructive feedback in a professional manner;
  • assisting in building social networking connections within their own organization and/or within the health system;
  • serving as a role model and leader;
  • providing advice with respect to professional development; and
  • creating a positive, trusting relationship amongst professionals to foster personal and professional growth. 

Examples provided should reflect ‘mentorship’, not simply ‘leadership’.

As a testament to their commitment to mentorship, the nominee will have directly or indirectly mentored numerous healthcare leaders, leaving a recognized legacy of inspired leadership. The mentor must also demonstrate an on-going commitment to fostering their own professional development.



Nominations must be made by a member of the College.

We are asking nominators to submit their nomination in two sections. Section A, which is to be submitted via our online form by November 30, 2019, is a 250-word summary. The summary should touch on the eligibility criteria and illustrate why you feel that the candidate should win this award. The summaries will be reviewed by the selection committee and a short list of top contenders will be formed. Those on the shortlist will be asked to complete Section B of the nomination, found below. Section B is due on February 1, 2020.

[1] Roche/CCHL Mentorship Handbook

[2] Ragins, B. R., & Kram, K. E. (Ed.). (2007). The handbook of mentoring at work: Theory,  research, and practice. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.


Selection Committee


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2019 Recipient: David Thompson, CHE 

David has over 20 years of experience in various leadership roles in the B.C. health system. He has held many leadership roles both with Fraser Health and Providence Health Care including Residential Care, Health Information Systems and Quality Improvement. He is passionate about developing others through mentorship, and continually goes above and beyond the responsibilities of his position in order to do so. David is leaving a true legacy with the countless young talent he has mentored.

"David’s mentorship philosophy is to help individuals realize their innate potential no matter at what stage they are" stated Jessica Doonan, RN BSN MHA(c), current mentee of David Thompson. "A mentor that is gifted with the ability to see the strengths and potentials of their mentees and to develop that within them is deserving of acknowledgment".

David is actively involved with the College. He recently held the position of British Columbia Director on the College Board from 2012 to 2018 and has participated in various other committees.

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Past Recipients

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

2018, Andrew Neuner CHE

2017, Katherine Chubbs CHE

2016, Wolfgang Klassen CHE

2015, Ron Noble FCCHL FACHE

2014, Robert Devitt CHE

2013, Barbara Hall CHE

2012, K. Dwight Nelson CHE

2011, John King CHE