Awards for Northwestern Health Unit announced

As awards continue to roll in for the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and their staff, it’s time again to make room in the trophy case, said a news release from that agency this week.

Health educator Hailey Coleman who works out of the Rainy River office has just been awarded the Rainy River District School Board’s (RRDSB) Community Partner of the Year.

The official RRDSB press release states “she was recognized for demonstrating a commitment to student wellness at schools in the west end of the district. She never misses an opportunity to get involved in facilitating and leading programs that enhance the learning and participating of staff and students.”

Coleman’s award comes just weeks after the NWHU was recognized with the Employee Recommended Workplace Award (ERWA); the only award based entirely on feedback from employees.

The award recognizes excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. NWHU CEO Marilyn Herbacz says being recognized with an award sponsored by The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell was quite an honor.

This is a national award. We’re very pleased our staff are happy in the workplace. It’s so important. Being an employee-recommended workplace helps us become an employer of choice. It will certainly help us with our recruitment and retention efforts.”

Other winners of the workplace award included the Ontario College Application Service and the Town of Kentville Nova Scotia. The Ontario Public Health Association has also awarded NWHU Manager of Communications and Foundations Alex Berry with its Award of Excellence.

The award was given in recognition of his outstanding leadership, contributions to public health, innovation and capacity building, especially related to continuous quality improvement (CQI).

Along with leading change at the local level, Berry has been making a mark at the provincial level. Berry is co-leading Public Health Ontario’s Locally Driven Collaborative Project on CQI while engaging staff from thirty different health units in an effort to improve the quality of public health processes and programming.

Yet another member of the NWHU management team was recognized nationally as Program Manager Shannon Robinson received the Health Promotion Canada 2018 Recognition Award, awarded by the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health. Robinson was recognized in her former role as Manager of Chronic Disease Prevention where under her leadership the health unit was granted funding for important public health initiatives, including Food Security Forums to engage thirty-nine First Nation communities across the region.

She also helped develop Memorandums of Understanding with school boards in the area, and through her leadership these partnerships led to large workplace health initiatives, and productive relationships. “It’s been quite an incredible few months for the health unit and our staff,” said Herbacz. “We’ve known through conversation that others in the public health system think very highly of our staff. It’s nice to see them recognized.”

Filed in: Briefs, Complementary Medicine

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