Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2021 Awards of Excellence

In times of hardship, such as 2020-2021, the continued efforts of The Children's healthcare professionals, who pride themselves on going above and beyond for our patients and their parents, somehow feel even more special.

Therefore, it is with pride and gratitude that The Children's Foundation presented, for the 22nd year, its Awards of Excellence to Hospital staff members who, every day, contribute to the wellbeing of patients and their families through their actions, team spirit and dedication.

On October 27, was held a virtual peer recognition ceremony, presented by TD Bank Group, to celebrate the honorees exceptional work in helping The Children’s find Unexpected Ways to Heal and young patients get back on their feet.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our valued partners, who make these Awards possible: National Bank and Pfizer Canada. Thanks to your generous support, we can help give sick children in Quebec back their fighting spirit.

Congratulations to all!


Winners

  • Maia Aziz, recipient of The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation Professional Staff Award of Excellence
  • Dr. Margaret Berry, recipient of the National Bank Medical Award of Excellence
  • Mary Pauline Espinosa, recipient of The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation Nursing Award of Excellence
  • Dr. Indra Gupta, recipient of the Pfizer Research Award of Excellence
  • Bernard Riel, recipient of The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation Administrative and Clinical Support Staff Award of Excellence
  • Complex Care Service Team, recipient of The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation Teamwork Award of Excellence

 

Maia Aziz
Recipient of The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation Professional Staff Award of Excellence

Maia Aziz

As Chairman of the Board of the Children’s Foundation from 2015 to 2019, Jonathan Amiel helped to prepare the organization’s future by grooming the philanthropic leaders of tomorrow. As member of both the Foundation’s Honourary Council and of the Campaign Cabinet for its new $200 million campaign, Unexpected Ways to Heal, Jonathan applies the skills that make him a successful entrepreneur to support the Children’s.

“Philanthropy is the same principle as investing in business. If you can make a difference and improve patient outcomes in one area, it creates an opportunity to innovate in new ones.”

 

Dr. Margaret Berry
Recipient of the National Bank Medical Award of Excellence

Dr. Margaret Berry

Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Sharon greatly contributed to the restructuring of the Children’s largest inpatient unit. Asserting the importance of processes and developing the tools to implement them is the primary mission of this nurse who enjoys being close to the families.

“My colleagues, the parents and our little patients are what make me come to work each day. Every day, I see instances of courage and resilience. They are a lesson in humility.”

 

Mary Pauline Espinosa
Recipient of The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation Nursing Award of Excellence

Mary Pauline Espinosa

Frédéric plays a vital role that affects the lives of many families at the Children’s. Now Associate Director of Multidisciplinary Services and Support Programs, he is behind every recent major reform at the Children’s. With his emphasis on the importance of collaboration, he does not take all the credit for these successes:

“The administrators and clinicians are the real experts, and they’re constantly demonstrating their creativity and flexibility. I bring everyone together, maximizing their strengths, but I couldn’t do it without them.”

 

Dr. Indra Gupta
Recipient of the Pfizer Research Award of Excellence

Dr. Indra Gupta

As an administrative officer in the Children’s Day Hospital for the last seven years, Margaret plays the role of “conductor” to ensure the clinic runs smoothly. Every day, she facilitates the doctors and nurses’ workload and has been known to move mountains for her young patients.

“Now that I’m a mother myself, I’m even more inclined to put myself in the parents’ shoes. I go the extra mile no matter the challenge that comes my way.”

 

Bernard Riel
Recipient of The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation Administrative and Clinical Support Staff Award of Excellence

Bernard Riel

Dr. Patel has dedicated her career to fragile patients with very complex conditions, and will not hesitate to disrupt the status quo when it serves their best interests. She strives constantly to innovate , successfully rallying the four institutions serving Quebec's pediatric clientele around a home care project, giving families greater autonomy.

“The contact with patients and their families keeps me going. They teach me what true dedication looks like. They push me to innovate to find better ways to do things.”

 

Complex Care Service Team
Recipients of The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation Teamwork Award of Excellence

Staff

Going to the hospital for your child is a stressful experience, full of uncertainty. Fortunately, every day the Children’s Ambulatory Services Clinics administrative staff is there to ensure families have the best possible experience. As front-line workers, they play a critical role for the 25 Hospital’s specialized clinics.

“Our priority is giving each family a warm welcome and ensuring they get all the help, support and attention they need, just like we did before the pandemic.”

*Absent in the photo: Kristine Hamilton and Monique Maille.