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Honouring women in health care across PHSA

We are celebrating International Women’s Day by taking a look at some of the amazing work and achievements of women across our organization.​
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International Women's Day is held annually on March 8 to collectively celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world and to raise awareness for gender equity. The theme for this year is #PressforProgress, which calls for people to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. 

Female representation is strong across PHSA. Women comprise of 69.7% of our staff and make up just over half of the senior leadership team. In celebration of Women's Day, we highlight some of the excellent contributions and accomplishments of our female colleagues in health care:

  • Dr. Danuta Skowronski, influenza & emerging respiratory pathogens team leader at the BC Centre for Disease Control, was one of a handful of expert advisors and the sole Canadian consulted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for its Evaluation of Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness: A guide to the design and interpretation of observational studies

  • Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos, endocrinologist at BC Children's Hospital, received a 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Health and Wellness category for her work in promoting healthy starts and healthy living for children and families.

  • In addition to receiving numerous recognitions and awards such as the Order of Canada for their work in championing for women and newborn health, Drs. Dorothy Shaw and Jan Christilaw from BC Women's were recently honoured in Canada 150 Women. This book profiles 150 women who serve as an inspiration and role model for young Canadians and future generations in working towards closing the gender gap.

  • Oncologist Dr. Karen Gelmon, is one of four BC Cancer scientists to be listed among Clarivate Analytics' 2017 World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. The list recognizes peer-reviewed papers that rank in the top one per cent by citations from publications within their respective field of research. 

  • Dr. Tonia Nicholls and her colleagues from BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) were honoured with a 2017 Significant Contribution Award from the Canadian Psychological Association's Criminal Justice Psychology Section (CJPS). The award recognizes Nicholls' work on the development and execution of the National Trajectory Project (NTP), which made a significant contribution to the application of psychology to criminal behaviour, criminal justice or the law. 

  • Dr. Adeera Levin, Executive Director of the BC Provincial Renal Agency, Professor and Head of the Division of Nephrology in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC and a Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, received the Order of Canada in 2015 for her tireless work on behalf of people with kidney disease. Dr. Levin contributed to global knowledge on kidney disease through nearly 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, introduced evidence-informed changes to clinical practice and public health policy, and helped design a sustainable provincial model of renal care delivery.

This is only a snapshot of the many accomplishments and firsts of significant women across the corners of our organization. 

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