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. Thirteen students were chosen to receive an Outstanding Service Award. Of those, three were selected, by a panel of judges, to receive the MY CARE Student Award of Excellence, the highest student honour at RVH.

The MY CARE Student Award of Excellence went to Emily Johnston, from Innisdale Secondary School, in the co-operative education category; Sophie Clark from Bear Creek Secondary School, in the high-school volunteer category; and Laurie Rowe, CTS Canadian Career College graduate, in the post-secondary category.

“We want to inspire and motivate young people to be the best they can be,” says Suzanne Legue, RVH vice president: strategy, communications and stakeholder relations.  “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.”

Lise McCourt, RVH Auxiliary president also presented $1,000 scholarships to Bear Creek Secondary School student Cameron Weatherill, who will be attending Queens University in the fall and Innisdale Secondary School student Ramneet Kaloti, who has been accepted to the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science. Both students volunteer at RVH and have chosen to pursue a career in healthcare.

At any given time RVH has 50 to 60 students on its volunteer roster. In addition, RVH offers 35 to 40 co-operative education placements each year.

The winners of the 2018 Outstanding Service Awards are: Emily Adam, Barrie North College Institute; Faith Bolduc, Ecole secondaire Romeo-Dallaire; Rebecca Cano, St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School; Sophie Clark, Bear Creek Secondary School; Marshayla Fabbri, St. Joseph’s Catholic High School; Rajan Grewal, University of Waterloo; Emily Johnston, Innisdale Secondary School; Aidan McLeish, Eastview Secondary School; Nathan Packard, Georgian College; Calysta Park, Bear Creek Secondary School; Laurie Rowe, CTS Canadian Career College; Jake Vaz, Bear Creek Secondary School; and Cameron Weatherill, Bear Creek Secondary School.

Photo: A recent RVH celebration honoured student excellence among the ranks of both its student volunteers and co-operative education participants.