October 13-17 was Mission Week at St. Paul’s Hospital. Every year, this week of events is held in conjunction with the Feast Day of St. Marguerite d’Youville, and celebrates how hospital employees, physicians and volunteers strive to embody St. Paul’s Hospital’s mission of healing.

This celebration occurs through a number of events, including a Feast Day meal for all employees, physicians and volunteers; the Mission in Action Awards, which rewards employees who show leadership in exemplifying the core values of the Hospital; a Mission Week Commitment Ceremony, which provides employees the opportunity to renew their commitment to the Hospital and its values; and Professional Development Awards.

The Professional Development Awards are funded by St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation (SPHF) to support employee learning opportunities. Scholarships presented by the Foundation fund staff enrolment in a variety of courses which will benefit their work at St. Paul’s Hospital.

“It is appropriate that on the day we celebrate Saint Marguerite, whose journey through life saw her respond with love and compassion to those who needed her help, today’s awards provide another opportunity to continue our mission at St. Paul’s Hospital to provide everyone who walks through our doors with the best in compassionate and holistic care,” said Jean Morrison, CEO of St. Paul’s Hospital.

“Here at St. Paul’s – we recognize the importance of cultivating and circulating knowledge by awarding our staff with opportunities to acquire additional education through seminars, conferences and workshops,” Morrison added.

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation established a General Endowment fund, recently renamed the St. Marguerite d’Youville Endowment, with a gift from St. Paul’s Hospital Nurses’ Alumni in 1991. “This endowment has grown significantly, and now provides over $90,000 in employee professional development opportunities annually,” said Colleen Cameron-Bergan, Chair of SPHF board of directors.

Every year, SPHF joins other foundations to provide annual funding for employees through the Saskatoon Health Region Professional Development Fund. Last year, SPHF provided over $63,000 to this fund, and additionally allocated $13,500 specifically to support professional development for St. Paul’s Hospital staff.

“To the recipients of today’s award, thank you for expressing a desire to expand your skills and education to better meet the needs of our patients,” Cameron-Bergan stated.

(L-R) SPH Foundation Board Member Melanie Hilkewich with Dave Broda, Vicki Hoffman, Carol Grovestine, Sheila Joy Herbers, Laureen Magno, Ellaine Padilla, Meghan Meston, SPH Foundation CEO Bruce Acton and Brian Zimmer, SPH Mission Office.  Missing: Emily Alston-O’Connor; Diane Macpherson

Nine people and one group received funds at the ceremony. From left: SPH Foundation Board Member Melanie Hilkewich with recipients Dave Broda, Vicki Hoffman, Carol Grovestine, Sheila Joy Herbers, Laureen Magno, Ellaine Padilla, Meghan Meston, SPH Foundation CEO Bruce Acton and Brian Zimmer, representing the SPH Mission Office. MIssing: Emily Alston-O’Connor; Diane Macpherson

Nine people and one group received funds at the ceremony:

Janice Bergan Endowmentestablished by Terry Bergan and his daughters to support SPH Licensed Practical Nurse education needs:

  • Sheila Joy Herbers
  • Laureen Magno

Leadership award –supporting SPH employee participation in Leadership Saskatoon:

  • Dave Broda

In Hospital Program Assistance Awardprovided to a SPH department or group to assist with organizational costs of in-hospital training, development and programs:

  • Paul’s Hospital Mission Office

Les Dubé Scholarship Awards –for SPH employees enrolled in health care or allied discipline at a recognized university or post secondary institution:

  • Meghan Meston,
  • Emily Alston-O’Connor,
  • Ellaine Padilla,
  • Carol Grovestine,
  • Diane Macpherson,
  • Vicki Hoffman