ANNOUNCEMENT! 2018 CAPHC Award Winners

On behalf of the CAPHC Board of Directors and the CAPHC Awards Committee, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the CAPHC 2018 Awards for Individual Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Patient and Family Leadership (New), and Leadership in Media (new). It is with great pleasure that we recognized these outstanding leaders for the work they have done in their communities.

Please join us in Edmonton, Alberta at the CAPHC Conference from October 21-23, 2018. We will be hosting a celebratory gala at the Art Gallery of Alberta,  in conjunction with the conference, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres!

Join us for a special evening of celebration featuring food and drink, special guests, and inspiring entertainment. CAPHC will be awarding the recipients with the CAPHC Leadership awards at this time.

CAPHC Award for Individual Leadership:

Dr. Samina Ali

This award was created to recognize outstanding leadership by an individual who has dedicated his or her career to improving the health and well-being of children and youth in Canada through health promotion, policy initiatives and/or increased public awareness. This award will be presented to an individual who has exemplified leadership, creativity, and initiative to promote positive change and long-term improvement for the health and well-being of children and youth.

Dr. Samina Ali has been described as a person who consistently dedicates her life to the well-being of Canadian children through clinical practice, health promotion, policy initiatives, and public education and engagement. In her day-to-day life, Dr. Ali can be found at the Stollery Children’s hospital, as an Emergency Physician, or at the University of Alberta, teaching at the Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine department.

CAPHC Award for Leadership in Media:

Su-Ling Goh

This award was created to recognize outstanding journalism, reporting, editorial or blogging that increases awareness of Canadian paediatric health issues, or the role CAPHC members play to enable the best healthcare for Canada’s children and youth.

Su-Ling Goh, an award-winning reporter for Global Edmonton’s daily news segment, Health Matters, which airs across Canada. Su-Ling has dedicated her career to sharing inspirational stories of patient recovery, as well as life stories of children who are faced with everyday health challenges. Su-Ling encompasses the qualities of a leader in media.

CAPHC Award for Organizational Leadership:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

This award recognizes the leadership of an organization, a foundation, or a corporation to enable the best healthcare for Canada’s children and youth. The recipient organization has demonstrated leadership to inspire change and innovation that has had a significant and lasting impact on the paediatric healthcare system(s), and/or populations served.

This award also recognizes the value an organization places on partnerships and collaboration within the healthcare community.

The Client and Family Centred Care Training Program at Holland Bloorview represents innovation and originality in family centred care training program delivery. This training program offers organizations not only in the health care sector, but in education and children and community services as well, the chance to practice patient and family centred care principles when working with children and youth who have disabilities and their families. The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services approached Holland Bloorview to design and deliver the curriculum and training program, which is known for teaching valuable skills, such as empathy and communication, that service providers can use while working with a variety of populations.

CAPHC Award for Patient & Family Leadership:

Frank Gavin

This Award is Sponsored By:
Health Standards Organization (HSO)


This award was created to recognize outstanding leadership by a parent or caregiver who has served in a volunteer capacity to improve the patient and family experience for those accessing Paediatric health care in Canada.

This award will be presented to an individual who has exemplified courage, commitment and resilience by donating their time and emotional energy to promote systemic change at a local, regional and/or national level.

Frank Gavin has been chosen as the recipient for the Patient & Family Leadership award. Frank is a father, advocate, and friend to the paediatric community. He has dedicated himself to the advancement of child health and family-centered care through his roles in family advisory and advocacy work and in variety of research projects, across Canada.