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Bringing PHSA’s values to life

It’s time to introduce the 2021 PHSA+ Award recipients! These individuals and teams bring our PHSA values to life in the workplace, going above and beyond to serve patients and families across B.C. Congratulations!
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​Congratulations to our 2021 PHSA+ Award recipients!

The purpose of this internal awards program is to celebrate the passion, dedication and invaluable contribution our staff make every day. With over 90 individual and team nominations this year​, there are inspirational people leading outstanding work all around us at PHSA. 

We extend our appreciation and gratitude to the 2021 PHSA+ Award recipients – and also to the many more individuals and teams who may or may not have been nominated, but who nonetheless have been an essential part of the provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping our health care system ready for those who need us most.

“As an organization, we have been through a lot together, says interim president and CEO David Byres. “Taking the time to recognize exceptional work brings focus to what is most important — the people who make it possible.” 
PHSA+ Award recipients have shown up to the workplace with respect, compassion, innovation, collaboration and purpose. You all make an incredible difference!

Now, please join us in congratulating the following recipients for the 2021 PHSA+ Awards!


  • Heather Amos, Communications Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, Communications “For more than a year now, Heather has put her heart, soul and hundreds of hours of overtime into the provincial communications response to COVID-19. She is passionate and professional, always patient, always positive, and always thoughtful of her colleagues. She is an unsung hero who has made an immeasurably positive impact on the health and safety of British Columbians by virtue of dedication and commitment, and how she 'shows up' each and every day.”
  • Stephen Dunne, Medical Affairs Administration, BC Cancer – “Stephen does not shy away from tough challenges; he listens to individual physician issues, has counselled them and groups. He is caring, decisive, responsible, respectful and committed; marking him a genuine leader and worthy of recognition.”
  • Don Elzinga, Director, Patient Transfer Services, BC Emergency Health Services – “During Don’s travels throughout B.C. he received a lot of feedback from health care staff and physicians regarding the lack of communication around the estimated times of arrival from BC Ambulance. Don set out to create the first ever provincial patient transfer dashboard. The work to achieve this was significant and took 18 months to create through collaboration with health authorities, Ministry of Health, Privacy, IMITS and other stakeholder groups.”
  • Michelle Kelsey BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre Laboratory Manager, Lower Mainland Labs – “For most individuals this role can seem like an unfathomable position however Michelle has carried out her role with patience, vigour, enthusiasm and a genuine desire to inspire everyone to improve delivery of diagnostic testing for your patients and their families.”
  • Angus Monaghan, Provincial Director, Regional Forensic Clinics, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services“Angus is a true leader. He leads by example, he never gets flustered or shows any negative emotions. He is always calm and consistent, and keeps his team on an even keel. He has helped us weather some challenging times and changes but is the rock we can rely on. When others are spinning, Angus is moving steadily forward.”
  • Yvonne Sun, Statistical Analyst, BC Transplant“Yvonne exhibits passion, dedication, commitment, and a positive attitude each day. Her excellent work has supported the dramatic growth of B.C.’s organ donation and transplant program, and advancing the field of donation and transplantation.”


  • COVID-19 Rapid Response team, BCCDC – “Despite an extremely challenging and demanding work environment, the C19RRT finds joy in serving others, and sees the work of the team as having a lasting impact on the province.”
  • COVID-19 Knowledge Translation team, BCCDC – “I am so proud of the work the COVID KT team has done. I feel honoured to work with this team of motivated, hard-working and brilliant individuals. They are very deserving of a PHSA+ Award as they exemplify all of the PHSA values in the work they do.”
  • Neonatal Nursing/Primary Care Paramedic team, BC Women’s and BC Emergency Health Services “The RN-PCP working group accomplished a lot to ensure that right services were in place for the right patients at the right time and that there would be no gaps in care for not only the maternal / newborn / pediatric population of B.C., but their families as well.”
  • Office of Virtual Health – “The work of the Office of Virtual Health is driven by compassion as the team cares about the health and well-being of one another and those they serve. The work is patient centred and informed by evidence with an ambition to improve patient experience and wellness outcomes, while also considering clinicians’ and staff experiences.” 
  • T7 Team – Bedside Nursing, nursing leadership and allied health – “T7 is the ‘yes’ unit.  The staff are repeatedly faced with very challenging situations, which are not necessarily definitively outlined in their job descriptions. But they make it work. And they make it work with grace, and a humbleness that only comes with true passion for their job. T7 nurses go above and beyond every day to provide family-centered care.”

Workplace Culture

  • Sara Christie, Lead, Workplace Experience, Human Resources – “Sara Christie is truly a health care hero, with a special gift of leading with excellence and empowering all she crosses paths with. Knowing how COVID-19 was affecting PHSA employees, Sara worked tirelessly, with her small and mighty Workplace Experience team, to bring a little sunshine into everyone’s lives. Coordinating with donors and vendors, thousands of recognition packages were created and delivered to PHSA employees throughout the province. All of this was done with a smile. Sara is an exemplary example of who we should all strive to be – respectful, kind, compassionate, dedicated and hardworking.”

Congratulations to all recipients

We extend our sincere congratulations to each recipient. We commend you all for the positive impact you are having on your colleagues and PHSA as a whole. 

Please look for stories on these individuals and teams in the weeks to come as well as on our social media channels.

Finally, to all of our PHSA staff, thank you for the countless ways you demonstrate excellence and contribute to the health and wellness of British Columbians each and every day. 
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