SARNIA & PETROLIA – Bluewater Health is pleased to announce the recipients of its Bridging Excellence Awards! These awards recognize individuals and teams for their contributions, dedication, and commitment to excellence while delivering exemplary healthcare to the Sarnia-Lambton community. To be peer nominated for one of these awards is an honour in itself. To be a recipient of one of these Board-sponsored pinnacle awards is the highest recognition one can achieve in their career at Bluewater Health.

“Bluewater Health is a leader in healthcare because of the dedication of our staff, Professional Staff and volunteers who provide quality patient and family centred care,” said Sue Denomy, President and CEO. “These award recipients are an inspiration to us all for their commitment to our organization and to the community.”

A panel, with representation of the Board, executive council, Healthy Workplace Team, Human Resources, and previous award recipients have chosen five Bridging Excellence Award recipients in three categories.

Vision Award

The Vision Award recognizes team excellence. To be considered, the team must represent an extraordinary orientation towards service to others through Bluewater Health’s Vision, Exceptional Care, Exceptional People and Exceptional Relationships. Nominees in this category have a specific purpose, activity or project that is beyond the scope of their day-to-day work.

This year’s Vision Award recipient is the Influenza Protection Policy Task Team. This team came together in late 2012 to advance ways to protect our patients and staff from influenza. The team undertook this challenging and culture-changing work, recognizing both the need for staff choice, and that protecting the elderly, very young, and immune-compromised patients from the influenza infection is central to our commitment to safe, patient and family-centred care. Team members are Dr. Mark Taylor, Janet DeActis, Helen Shaw, Colleen Cook and Meaghan Lawrence-Kreeft.

Values Awards

In this category, there are three recipients – one staff, one physician and one volunteer. The category is based on the demonstrated values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence (CARE).

The volunteer recipient of the Values Award is Melanie Halliday. Melanie volunteers three times per week in Recreation Therapy. She demonstrates a great deal of compassion and is very sensitive to the needs of patients. She is a strong support for patients’ families, helping them adjust to the many changes associated with their family member’s hospitalization.

The staff recipient of the Values Award is Marg Bowser, Registered Practical Nurse, Rehabilitation. For over 30 years, Marg has dedicated her life to serving the healthcare needs of our community. She brings an amazing, positive energy to her role and carries out her work with genuine enthusiasm. She is trusted by her colleagues and demonstrates the excellent communication required to provide exemplary nursing care for her patients.

This year’s physician recipient of the Values Award is Dr. Renato Pasqualucci, Medical Director, Emergency. Renato’s moral and ethical standards of practice are high and he is well respected by medical and nursing staff and administrative colleagues. He is compassionate in his interactions with patients and families, demonstrating genuine concern, kindness and caring. He is a mentor and role model who cares deeply about the health and welfare of the people of Sarnia Lambton.

Mission Award

The Mission Award is for an individual (staff, physician or volunteer) who demonstrates an extraordinary, recognized energy in the way he or she lives Bluewater Health’s Mission: We create exemplary healthcare experiences for patients and families every time.

This year’s Mission Award recipient is Linda Dykes, Manager, District Stroke Centre & Stroke Prevention Clinic. Linda works tirelessly to raise the bar to make Bluewater Health a leader in stroke care in Ontario. She is passionate about doing the right thing to ensure the best care for patients and families. She leads with integrity and believes in collaborative and respectful relationships, supporting her staff and colleagues, and recognizing the leadership of others.

“The Board of Directors is proud to recognize these deserving recipients for their dedication and outstanding achievements,” said Stéphane Thiffeault, Chair of the Board of Directors. “By their example, these leaders in our workplace set the bar for excellence and exemplify our Vision, Exceptional Care, Exceptional People, and Exceptional Relationships.”

Awards were presented at last night’s Recognition Ceremony, by Stéphane Thiffeault and Sue Denomy. Recipients received a bursary to continue their education and learning, a crystal keepsake award, and a copy of the video in which they were featured. To view finalist videos on YouTube, click here.

The Recognition Ceremony also honoured 296 staff, professional staff and volunteers for service anniversaries from five to 45 years (in five year increments), as well as the careers of 62 retirees. This year, the longest serving award recipient was Jackie Chate, Registered Nurse. Ten other honourees were recognized for their 40 years of service.

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, is a 326-bed community hospital that cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. State-of-the-art facilities, which opened in 2010, contribute to Bluewater Health’s Mission: We create exemplary healthcare experiences for patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit or follow us on Facebook and YouTube.


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Sue Denomy, President & CEO