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Dr. Charles Jago Awards – Recognizing Northern Health Employees who live our Values


NH Staff posed under a set of metal stairs.
Photo caption: L - R: Ciro Panessa, President and CEO; Ashley Stoppler; Caroline Dunford; Helen Styles; Vanessa Kinch; Colleen Nyce, Board Chair. Not pictured: Rosetta Mitchell.

Northern Health 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 those who reflect our values and have made outstanding contributions to our organization.

Northern Health’s values are defined as:

  • Empathy – Seeking to understand each individual’s experience.
  • Respect – Valuing each person’s unique perspective and contribution.
  • Collaboration – Working together to build partnerships.
  • Innovation – Seeking creative and practical solutions.

On Wednesday, May 8, an awards ceremony was held at the Prince George Civic Centre to celebrate the 2024 award recipients and nominees.

“I’m pleased to have this opportunity, alongside our Board Chair Colleen Nyce, to showcase the incredible work our people do everyday, and to celebrate those whose behaviours truly embody our organizational values,” said NH President and CEO Ciro Panessa during the ceremony.

This year’s recipients and nominees:

2024 Jago Award recipients:

  • Empathy: Caroline Dunford – Fort St. John
  • Respect: Vanessa Kinch – Prince George
  • Collaboration: Ashley Stoppler – Prince George/Rosetta Mitchell – Prince George
  • Innovation: Helen Styles – Prince George

2024 Jago Award nominees:


  • Alexandra Elliott - Smithers
  • Celia (Cece) Penner – Prince George
  • Chantel Saario - Prince George
  • Emma Crowley – Prince George


  • Celia Evanson - Chetwynd
  • Erin Branco – Prince George


  • Chantel Saario - Prince George
  • Courtenay Hopson – Prince George
  • Helen Craig – Prince George
  • Ivan Urcia – Prince Rupert
  • Laura Parmar – Prince George
  • Naomi Lepan – Prince George
  • Shahine Sani – Prince George
  • Team – Communicable Disease - Regional
  • Team – Dysphagia Community of Practice Team – Lab Outpatient Improvement Project - Regional
  • Team – PPH Community Granting - Regional
  • Team – PPH Communicable Disease and Public Health Practice - Regional


  • Chelsea Bemis - Kitimat
  • Christine Brenckmann - Prince George
  • Jennifer Miller – Burns Lake
  • Nola Currie – Prince George
  • Team – CYMHSU – Nechako Centre Team – Lab Outpatient Improvement Project - Regional
  • Team - Leanne O’Neill & Community Leadership Team – Quesnel
  • Team – NH Virtual Substance Use Clinic Team – Regional Diet Office Dietitians - Regional

Congratulations to all the recipients and nominees! We’ll be sharing individual stories on the awards soon – stay tuned!