Georgian Bay General Hospital Celebrates 2024-2025 Board of Directors’ Awards of Excellence Recipients

 The recipients of the 2024 Board of Directors’ Awards of Excellence at Georgian Bay General Hospital. These are the highest honour bestowed on individuals and teams based on their contributions to GBGH and how they exemplify the core values and help the hospital reach its strategic goals.

June 20, 2024 – During its Team Appreciation Week, Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) announced the 2024 recipients of the Board of Directors’ Awards of Excellence. The Board of Directors’ Awards of Excellence are announced annually to recognize staff and professional staff (physicians, midwives, dentists) who have made remarkable contributions to GBGH while exhibiting the hospital’s core values and helping the hospital reach its strategic goals.

“It is a great honour for the Board of Directors to be associated with this recognition, celebrating the outstanding team members who take pride in their work and demonstrate excellence on behalf of the hospital. Through these awards, we honour team members responsible for remarkable acts, but also the strong and steady team members who always step up and have their colleagues’ back,” says Tim Kastelic, chair of the GBGH Board of Directors.

Here is the full list of Award winners for the GBGH Board Awards of Excellence:

Inspire Dedication Award: Rebecca Rawn (Ambulatory Care)

Rebecca Rawn has been selected for the Inspire Dedication Award due to her unwavering commitment to the health and wellbeing of GBGH’s patients, community, and colleagues. Rawn’s positive attitude, approachability, and adaptability shine through every day. As a Team Leader, she fosters an environment where her team feels comfortable seeking her assistance. Rawn consistently exceeds expectations by finding patient-first solutions and ensuring her team feels valued and supported. Her dedication to going above and beyond makes her a beacon of inspiration at GBGH.

Patients First Award: Heather Byun (Pharmacy)

Heather Byun is the recipient of the Patients First Award, embodying the core values of GBGH through her hard work and dedication. Heather is known for her willingness to help in any situation, whether it’s delivering Pyxis machines, checking medication trays, or assisting with medication reconciliation. She takes initiative without being asked and supports her colleagues during times of high workloads and staff shortages. Heather’s commitment to ensuring continuity of care for all patients exemplifies what it means to put patients first.

Empower Others Award: Dr. Paige Churchill (Medical Quality, Surgical Program)

Dr. Paige Churchill has been honoured with the Empower Others Award for her incredible leadership and dedication to fostering growth within the GBGH community. Since joining the hospital in 2015, Dr. Churchill has led significant expansions in the surgical program and played a crucial role in enhancing various services. As Medical Quality Lead, she has driven multiple quality improvement projects and supported physicians in their professional development. Dr. Churchill’s pragmatic and collaborative leadership has been instrumental in the hospital’s continued success and quality care delivery.

Lead with Empathy Award: Scott Garrett (Materials Management)

Scott Garrett receives the Lead with Empathy Award for his consistent demonstration of compassion and willingness to go the extra mile for patients and staff. Scott’s dedication to prioritizing patients’ needs, exemplifies his empathetic approach. His commitment to helping others and ensuring timely support for patient care is a testament to his outstanding character and dedication to GBGH’s values.

Think Forward Award: Danielle Pillon (Learning & Development)

Danielle Pillon has been awarded the Think Forward Award for her innovative contributions to GBGH’s learning and development programs. Since joining the hospital, Danielle has revamped leadership development, launched new training initiatives, and proactively planned for future educational needs. Her efforts in implementing team training and revising mandatory training programs have resulted in significant improvements and cost savings. Danielle’s forward-thinking approach and dedication to continuous improvement make her a deserving recipient of this award.

Team Award: Emergency Department (ED)

The Emergency Department team has been honoured with the Team Award for their unwavering commitment to excellence, trust, and patient-centred care. The ED team consistently embraces new initiatives and evidence-based practices to improve patient outcomes. Their ability to provide compassionate care under challenging circumstances, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, has garnered immense respect and appreciation from the community. The team’s dedication to nurturing new staff and fostering a supportive and inclusive environment exemplifies the best of GBGH.


Derek Desroches
Communications Specialist
Georgian Bay General Hospital
705-526-1300 ext. 5016