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Dr. Charles Jago Awards: Recognizing employees living NH’s values


A middle-aged to older man wearing glasses smiles into the camera.
Dr. Charles Jago, Northern Health’s longest-standing board chair. He has helped shape health care throughout BC, as well as education, economic development, community service, and the arts.

Northern Health (NH) strives to make our values – empathy, respect, collaboration, and innovation – the core of what we do every day.

The Dr. Charles Jago Awards, named after our former board chair, acknowledge and celebrate the NH staff, physicians, and teams who have made outstanding contributions to the organizational goals, reflecting our values in the process.

Northern Health’s values are defined as:

  • Empathy – Seek to understand each individual’s experience.
  • Respect – Accept each person as a unique individual.
  • Collaboration – Work together to build partnerships.
  • Innovation – Seek creative and practical solutions.

On May 6, NH planned to celebrate the individuals and teams that embody these values with the 4th Annual Dr. Charles Jago Awards. However, due to physical distancing guidelines, this year’s event was cancelled. Instead, the winners will be celebrated with individual prizes as we continue with safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winners and nominees for this year are:

  • Empathy: Darren Woolgar
  • Respect: Beth Ann Derksen
  • Collaboration: Northwest Operating Room managers
    • Shelley Bondy
    • Diane Hess
    • Edwin Empinado
    • Kia Beertema
    • Elena Raykov
  • Innovation – MySchedule Team
    • Lee-Ann Calihoo-Bowness
    • Devan Joneson
    • Leon Verhelst
    • Martin Stentrop
    • Parwinder Billing
    • Tracie Smith
    • Carla Cozza-Greco

This year’s other nominated staff and physicians included:

  • Patty Cunningham
  • April Hughes
  • Beverly Little
  • Michael Lundin
  • Dr. Ray Markham
  • Jody Shul

Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees!

We’ll be sharing individual stories on the awards soon – stay tuned!