On May 1, 2022, medical lab assistant (MLA) Lavinia Ethier received the BC Society Laboratory Science (BCSLS) Medical Laboratory Assistant Preceptor Excellence Award. This award is for MLAs who show excellence in training, mentoring, and leadership, and who establish and reinforce best practice standards and encourage compassion for patients and colleagues. They create a supportive environment for learners, promoting growth, critical thinking, and the development of technical skills.
In the words of the award nomination, “Lavinia has worked in the lab for over 20 years and has trained quite a few lab assistants over the years. There are many patients who ask for her to draw their blood when she's not there. She's very caring and compassionate to the clientele and adheres to best practices."
Before moving to Canada, Lavinia was a lab technician in her home country of Mexico. After moving to Canada, she had to take additional training to meet the requirements of her new country.
"I enjoy interacting with the patients and feel strongly that the lab is an integral part of patient care,” says Lavinia. “I take pride in making people feel at ease while in the chair. I’ve had the opportunity to train new staff, which has been rewarding. I really enjoy working with our staff – we’re like a family here. It is an honour to be awarded this recognition, thank you and I will continue to do my best with the laboratory team.”
Lavinia has been called the "heart of the lab" and more than deserves this recognition. Congratulations, Lavinia, and thank you for all you do!