Read what past recipients have said about being recognized with an Above and Beyond Award and learn about the lasting impact it’s had on their work and their engagement.
An Above and Beyond Award is an honour that goes far beyond the ceremony.
Being honoured with an Above and Beyond Award means recognition from peers, Fraser Health leaders, and professional associations, for contributions to advancement in quality care and innovative thinking. But it also brings appreciation from the broader community. Winners enjoy praise from friends and family, attention from the public and in some cases even media profiles and government commendations.
The short time it takes to submit your nomination can leave a lasting impression. But don’t take it from us, listen to the winners themselves.
Take Diane Falk. The 79-year-old had been volunteering for almost 40 years with Fraser Health, giving her heart – and over 10,000 volunteer hours – to Royal Columbian Hospital before being recognized with an Above and Beyond Award last year.
Ruth was the recipient of a Service Delivery Excellence Award for the nearly four decades of service she provided to the hospital and its patients.
Her commitment to Royal Columbian began in 1977 when she joined the Auxiliary team. She later helped the foundation raise millions and in the 1990s helped launched the “heart pillow” program, which sees post-operative cardiac patients given heart-shaped pillows to clutch while moving to aid healing. To date, more than 17,000 cardiac patients have received this gift from the heart.
But to hear her tell it, it was Diane who received the real gift after she was celebrated at the Above and Beyond Awards.
“I am honoured to have received an award,” Diane shared after the ceremony. “I wish all volunteers could receive the award as they all do a great job.”
To Diane, winning the award was only part of the experience. What stayed with her was learning about the efforts of her inspiring colleagues.
“I enjoyed hearing all the fantastic stories of what other people have done to make our hospitals a better place,” she said.
“It is my privilege to have been a volunteer at Royal Columbian Hospital for 40 years and to go home after each shift with a ‘happy heart’ from the gratitude I receive from patients, families and staff.”
Share the feeling! Help your colleagues get the recognition they truly deserve and nominate someone today. It’s easier than you think.