RVH celebrates student excellence

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) recently held a celebration honouring student excellence among the ranks of both its student volunteers and co-operative education participants.

“At RVH we make it a priority to provide educational and research opportunities for students from high school age to university master’s degree level, nursing students and medical residents,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO.

“We’re so committed to this that we opened our very own Centre for Education and Research last year as a place for students and staff to learn and practice together. We want to inspire and motivate young people to be the best they can be. We want young people to be excited about working or volunteering in healthcare. We want our staff to be both teachers and mentors as they share their skills and expertise.”

Twelve students received an Outstanding Service Award and of those students a panel of judges chose three to receive the MY CARE Student Award of Excellence – the highest student honour at RVH

The winners of a MY CARE Student Award of Excellence were: Natalee Schors, from Elmvale District High School, in the co-operative education category; Gavin Hughes, Eastview Secondary School, in the high school volunteer category; and Nicole Barcicki, from Lakehead University, in the post-secondary category.

Lise McCourt, president of the RVH Auxiliary, also presented two students with $1,000 scholarships. The first recipient was Faith Bolduc, a student at Ecole secondaire Romeo-Dallaire, who will be attending the University of Ottawa’s Biomedical Science Program in the fall. The second recipient was Gavin Hughes, who has been accepted to the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program at Queen’s University. Both students volunteer at RVH and have chosen to pursue a career in healthcare.

“We were thrilled to honour all the students and especially thrilled for Gavin Hughes who took home three awards: Outstanding Service Award; MY CARE Student Award of Excellence and the RVH Auxiliary Scholarship Award,” says Skot. “Gavin’s grandfather Mayor Harry Hughes, Township of Oro-Medonte, has a long history with RVH. Harry spent 13 years as a member of the RVH Board of Directors, is currently on the RVH Foundation Board and a great friend to RVH.  It was so nice to see that his community-minded spirit has clearly been passed down to his grandson Gavin.”

The winners of the 2019 Outstanding Service Awards were:

  • Natalee Schors, Elmvale District High School
  • Maya Alvarado, Eastview Secondary School
  • Samantha Paterson, Bear Creek Secondary School
  • Antonio Nigro, St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School
  • Angela Luan, Innisdale Secondary School
  • Gavin Hughes, Eastview Secondary School
  • Lauren Hopper, Innisdale Secondary School
  • Ryan Khosrovaneh, Eastview Secondary School
  • Melissa Maeck-Rolston, Eastview Secondary School
  • Charlotte Desrochers, Georgian College
  • Madelyn Porter-McGrath, Georgian College
  • Nicole Barcicki, Lakehead University

Photo: RVH awarded three students the MY CARE Student Award of Excellence, the highest student award at the health centre, and 12 students with Outstanding Service Awards for their exceptional volunteering efforts. Val Smith (left), Chief Strategy Officer, RVH, and Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, were on hand to present the prestigious MY CARE award to winners Natalee Schors, from Elmvale District High School, in the co-operative education category; Gavin Hughes, Eastview Secondary School, in the high school volunteer category; and Nicole Barcicki, from Lakehead University, in the post-secondary category.

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