Showcasing inter-professional collaboration
The inaugural Awards of Excellence in Interprofessional Education were presented on May 1 to recognize individuals and organizations that made a significant contribution to the training of future health-care professionals.
The awards were handed out during the third annual Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Communities & Collaboration Symposium held on the Bannatyne campus. Rady Faculty students nominated people and teams they felt went above and beyond when it came to learning about collaboration in the workplace.
“These awards provide the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration and the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences with an opportunity to recognize those who have had a significant impact on the inter-professional education of our students beyond the academic classroom,” said Lisa Mendez, inter-professional practice coordinator, Office of Interprofessional Collaboration.
There are two award categories, one for individuals and one for teams.
The individual award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Education recognizes an educator in a community or hospital-based setting whose unique and innovative contribution has had a significant impact on students’ interprofessional education.
The award went to Annaka Vermeylen, an occupational therapist at Riverview Health Centre.
“Annaka’s passion for collaboration was evident as she demonstrated enthusiasm, commitment, and knowledge within the area. She made it a standard within her practice to incorporate and communicate with other professionals to ensure that her clients were provided with the best possible care,” the award nomination read.
Two team awards for Outstanding Role Models of Interprofessional Collaboration for Patient-Centred Care were handed out. One award went to the rehabilitation department at The Pas Health Complex.
“It was wonderful to be part of a team that is so cohesive and supportive. My learning was enhanced by many mentors on the team, both within and outside the realm of occupational therapy,” read the award nomination.
The other award in the team category went to Co-Occurring Disorders Initiative (CODI Outreach).
“My experiences working with CODI have greatly enhanced my understanding of interprofessional collaboration and the remarkable value of effective teamwork,” the award nomination read.
The Communities and Collaboration Symposium was designed to offer an opportunity for learners and community members to showcase collaborative projects. A poster competition also took place and featured 13 projects ranging from psychosocial impact of childhood food allergies to community art workshops.
Two poster awards were handed out. The Community Impact Award ($500) went to SWWAC: Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action and Coalition’s poster Making Things Safer for All Sex Workers in Winnipeg, Treaty 1. The Alan Klass Communities and Collaboration Health Equity Award ($5,000) went to Lauren Barker and Charlene Connors for Elmwood Community Resource Centre’s Awakening Women’s Empowerment Project.