Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Recognizes Service to Hospital

CHATHAM-KENT: Thursday, November 1, 2018 -- Nearly 300 long-service employees, volunteers, physicians and retirees will be honoured at this year's Recognition Banquet hosted by Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA). 

The annual event will recognize Sandy Bean and Brenda Blonde for a remarkable 45 years of service as well as Sharron Blackburn and Chrystal McCorkindale for 40 years of service. An additional nine employees, including Shelley Bas, Judy Bechard, Kelly Bogaert, Mary Caron, Lenora Carr, Lori Fisher, Karen Kennedy, Colleen McGivern and Donna Neefs, will receive 35-year recognition.  

Guests of honour also include 55 five year, 59 ten year, 57 fifteen year, 31 twenty year, 14 twenty-five year and 24 thirty year award recipients.

In addition, the CKHA will pay tribute to thirty-five retirees:

  • Brenda Bell
  • Kim Clark
  • Sue Cook
  • Janet DeActis
  • Nel Denys
  • Jean Domony
  • Ellen Faubert
  • Carolyn Forbes
  • Patrice Forsyth
  • Brian Ginty
  • Maureen Ginty
  • Lucy Hartford
  • Ruthann Howard
  • Carol Hunter
  • Louise Jubenville
  • Marilyn Knight
  • Janice Kouyzer
  • Sharon Lauwers
  • Michael Marchand 
  • Connie Maxwell-Carr
  • Bruce McCubbin
  • Bernadette Moor 
  • Penny Morrow
  • Robin Myers 
  • Jackie Opavsky
  • Pat Osborne
  • Veronica Oulds
  • Brian Pennings
  • Liz Prosser
  • Maria Rekas
  • Debra Shore
  • Judith Swant 
  • Dr. Patricia Tomney
  • Patricia Walters
  • Linda Youngs 


“CKHA’s annual Recognition Banquet provides a wonderful opportunity to thank our valued staff, volunteers and physicians for their ongoing commitment to healthcare in Chatham and Rural Kent,” says Debbie Ancocik, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, CKHA. “Whether our staff are celebrating five years with CKHA or their retirement, we are proud and appreciative of their commitment to providing safe, quality Patient and Family Centred Care to our patients, families and community.”

The Annual Alliance Awards of Excellence as well as the Compassionate Caregiver Award of Distinction will also be presented during the Recognition Banquet. The Alliance Awards of Excellence are performance-based and peer-nominated awards recognizing those who exemplify excellence in our healthcare environment. This year’s celebration will present four Awards of Excellence including the Mission Award, Vision Award, Values Award and Team Award. The Compassionate Caregiver Award is presented to a staff-member or team who exemplifies Patient and Family Centred Care and works to advance quality of care while remaining compassionate and respectful.

The annual recognition event will be held on Thursday, November 15,, 2018 at Club Lentinas in Chatham. Following the event, CKHA will share the winners in a news release. 

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A photo opportunity of the longest serving recipients is available at 5:45 pm at Club Lentinas.

For more information contact:

Debbie Ancocik, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

For media inquiries contact:

Katherine Stinson, Communications Specialist

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

kstinson [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca 

519.352.6401 x 5326

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