2022 Award Recipients

Donna Zukowski – Distinguished Service

Over the many years I have known Donna, she has always impressed me with her total commitment to creating a cohesive and accepting work environment. Developing supportive relationships with her colleagues is, first and foremost, an obviously important value she totally believes in and practises always!

Donna supports, encourages, listens, and believes in her fellow workers, fostering a safe, productive, and enjoyable work environment. Many of her colleagues have subsequently become lifelong friends!

Donna’s leadership years in CAHN were always based on these simple but so very important principles! Those of us who had the honour to work with her in her capacity as President of CAHN knew we were always valued and heard; we were an important part of the team! Donna has the uncanny ability to find the unique strengths present in everyone – most of us aren’t even aware of them until an excellent leader supports us and shows us the way!!

Donna has given many years of significant service to CAHN as an organization. She has been on multiple committees, been a board member, contributed to the development of educational tools available on CAHN’s website, participated in CAHN’s nursing study in 2020, and most recently, been CAHN’s president – guiding us all with her steady, kind, and very knowledge leadership style.

Thank you, Donna, not only for all you have done over the years for CAHN but also for how much you have so enriched the lives of your colleagues and friends! We present you with this award of Distinguished Service with grateful appreciation for your dedicated and inspiring leadership throughout your years of significant service and contribution to CAHN.

Sharon Bojarski – Lifetime Achievement

CAHN is honoured to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sharon Bojarski. Rumour has it that Sharon was the very first hepatology nurse in Canada. She was one of the founding members of the Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses. She was instrumental in building the association to where it is today. Sharon has contributed many years in the field of academic hepatology under Dr. Feinman’s practice at Mount Sinai Hospital. She has had a longstanding presence and membership with CAHN. During that time she has mentored and shaped the practices of many nurses and hepatology fellows who are now practising hepatologists. Sharon has stayed and remained very active on various CAHN committees, especially the conference planning committee. We owe Sharon a big thank you for her dedication, time, and commitment to hepatology nursing. This award signifies your devotion, dedication, efforts and all your perseverance. Congratulations and enjoy your semi-retirement.

Stephanie Eiloart – Exceptional Contribution to the field of HepatologyInspiration

This year’s Exceptional Contribution to the Field of Hepatology Nursing goes to Stephanie Eiloart. In Stephanie’s nursing practice she exemplifies reaching patients where they are in the cascade of care. Whether it be approaching people on the street for screening, drawing blood in an alley or hotel room or visiting the patient in their home. She is always willing to help the hardest to reach populations. She does this with the utmost compassion and respect for this patient population. Stephanie helps engage and treat hepatitis C patients that are left untreated because they are the hardest to reach. She uses the social determinants of health when treating her patients. She helps with not only medical care but with food insecurity and housing needs just to name a few. Stephanie demonstrates excellence in the application of the Canadian Association on Hepatology Nurses Standards. She displays an effort to improve hepatology healthcare, and demonstrates an expert level of competency in the delivery of holistic hepatology care as well as advances and promotes the practice of nursing through sustained nursing leadership. Stepanie influences change and provides leadership in the hepatology nursing profession through active participation at the local, provincial and national levels. This award signifies well-deserved recognition. Congratulations.

Sarah De Coutere – Innovation and Inspiration

Sarah de Coutere - Innovation and Inspiration Award

CAHN is pleased to recognize Sarah De Coutere for Innovation and Inspiration. Sarah is an NP and educator working with the hepatology team in Halifax N.S. During COVID restrictions Sarah embraced technology which allowed her to educate nurses via Zoom and other platforms. She has been a key person in developing the decompensation liver clinic within a collaborative practice team, who addresses the health needs of the patient population and facilitates a coordinated and integrated approach to care. Patients no longer have to wait for hours in the ER to have paracentesis. Sarah has advanced patient care within Hepatology through the development of Fibro scan clinics, this has significantly decreased the need for liver biopsies and long waitlists. She uses a holistic approach to patients in the outpatient setting of gastroenterology and hepatology clinics. Sarah has taken the lead in developing a care plan through extensive and comprehensive Electronic Medical Records. She has developed focused care templates that are flexible to individualize toward each person. This EMR communication with the patient/family and primary health care providers is key in the collaborative approach toward healthy liver living. This award is a result of her hard work, effort and fearless spirit. It could not have been awarded to a more deserving recipient. Congratulations Sarah.

Kate Newcombe – Innovation and Inspiration

Another one of this year’s Innovation and Inspiration awards goes to Kate Newcombe. Kate is currently working at the Alex Health Center in Calgary Alberta. The Alex provides comprehensive care to vulnerable Calgarians. Up until recently, she worked at CUPS in Calgary. Kate is a phenomenal patient advocate, always up to date on the latest news in Hepatitis C treatment and care. She has been innovative in her approaches to “ the hardly reached “ populations. She mentors, supports knowledge sharing, and shares her learning eagerly with any audience. She is often called upon to do training presentations and newsletter articles, and somehow she manages to find creative ways to accommodate these requests even if it means pre-recording presentations. COVID has really made us all think outside the “box”. This award is a result of your hard work and effort. May you keep inspiring hepatology nurses for many more years to come. Congratulations!

2021 Award Recipients

2021 was the first-ever virtual AGM. And, although the Recognition Ceremony is more moving in person, the wonderful thing about virtual events is the ability to watch the recording. Please enjoy this clip of our 2021 Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

https://youtu.be/iLRY1L9Y2IM

Carol Dupasquier

Exceptional Contribution – Presented to a CAHN member who has made an exceptional contribution to Hepatology through education, leadership or research.

Jac Atkinson

Innovation and Inspiration – Presented to a CAHN member who has demonstrated evidence of a creative, innovative or unique approach to Hepatology work.

Mia Biondi

Innovation and Inspiration – Presented to a CAHN member who has demonstrated evidence of a creative, innovative or unique approach to Hepatology work.

Lesley Gallagher

Distinguished Service – Presented to a CAHN member who has made an exceptional contribution to the Hepatology field through their clinical work, education, leadership or research.

2020 Award Recipients

Exceptional Contribution to Hepatology Nursing – Diane Perreault

Presented to a CAHN member who has made an exceptional contribution to Hepatology through education, leadership or research.

Innovation & Inspiration – Wendy Schaufert

Presented to a CAHN member who has demonstrated evidence of a creative, innovative or unique approach to Hepatology work.

2019 Award Recipients

Rising Star – Mia Biondi

Presented to a CAHN member who in a short time has been able to demonstrate an exceptional contribution to Hepatology nursing.

Distinguished Service – Michelle Crosby

Presented to a CAHN member who has made an exceptional contribution to the Hepatology field through their clinical work, education, leadership or research.

Exceptional Contribution to Hepatology Nursing – Cheryl Dale

Presented to a CAHN member who has made an exceptional contribution to Hepatology through education, leadership or research.

2018 Award Recipients

Rising Star – Leanne Cadden, Kelowna

Distinguished Service – Denise Thomas, Vancouver

Innovation & Inspiration – Lynda Watson, Calgary

Exceptional Contribution to Hepatology Nursing – Bernadette Lettner & the Toronto Community Hep C Program

2017 Award Recipients

Distinguished Service – Carolyn Klassen

Lifetime Achievement – Geri Hirsch

2015 Award Recipients

Clinical Practice – Lori Lee Walston

Leadership – Lesley Gallagher

Research – Donna Zukowski

2014 Award Recipients

Education – Geri Hirsch

Distinguished Service – Gail Butt; CoR – Shirley Alexander

2013 Award Recipients

Education – Sandi Mitchell; CoR – Sharon Bojarski

Leadership – JoAnn Ford; CoR – Geri Hirsch

2012 Award Recipients

Education – Colina Yim

Clinical Practice – Monique Goudreau

Leadership – Gail Butt; CoR – Susanne Sumner, Lori Lee Walston

2010 Award Recipients

Education – Sharon Bojarski

Clinical Practice – Michelle Crosby

Leadership – Carla Burgess; CoR – Joni Tsougriasnis, Paul Plasir

Research – Geri Hirsch

2009 Award Recipients

Education – Ciro Panessa

Clinical Practice – Frances Falconer

Leadership – Kathy Poldre

Research – Gail Butt