Eileen Zaba is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse with an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Diploma, Baccalaureate of Science and Psychiatric Nursing and is currently immersed in graduate studies, working towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner. These are her credentials – and they are impressive.

But Eileen Zaba, the person, is equally as impressive. Zaba currently works as a Mental Health Home Care Nurse and was recently the team lead of the Community Mental Health/Home Care Transition Team. Her current casual employment includes being a staff nurse at Porteous Lodge and Lutheran Sunset Home, working as a psychiatric liaison nurse in the emergency department at Royal University Hospital and client care coordinator with client patient access services.

(left to right) Eileen Zaba, Frank Lukowich Saskatoon Regional Health Authority member, Muriel Jarvis at the long service banquet.

Zaba not only exemplifies but personifies the qualities necessary to become a Muriel Jarvis Award recipient. Her dedication in assisting patients in gaining access to services is second to none. She shows compassion to all, honouring each by treating them with careful respect to preserve their dignity. Zaba is committed to each of her clients and determined to do what is necessary to meet their needs. She is tenacious in her pursuit of justice, working towards her vision of what could be. Zaba is the soul of generosity, giving regularly of her time and listening to clients, family and friends. Her humour is infectious and appreciated by all who hear her contagious laughter. Because she operates with excellence in mind, she is often asked to mentor others in her profession. She inspires others, giving hope to clients and excitement to continue to students and co-workers. Wisdom and strength are a part of her persona as a result of personal life struggles.

In addition to raising her two sons, Zaba has given of her time and expertise by volunteering with, among others, Tamara’s House, Interval House and the Saskatchewan Society for Ethical Conduct Inc.

The Muriel Jarvis Award was established in 1998 to celebrate a Saskatoon Health Region or affi liated agency staff member that makes a positive difference in the
lives of others by demonstrating dedication, compassion, dignity, respect, commitment, tenacity, generosit, humour, excellence, determination, wisdom, inspiration, and strength.