“Allan’s joie de vivre brings a sense of humour and joy to every fundraising event he attends.”

Dr. Allan Burgmann, has been an honorary member of the LGH Foundation team for many years.

Many of you will know him from his day job as the Medical Director for Acute Psychiatric Services. At the Foundation not only is he an Honorary Director on our Board, he has been an ambassador for our mental health campaigns and a participant in many of our fundraising events.

When LGH Foundation launched the campaign to raise $24 million it was our biggest campaign to date. Dr. Burgmann was an eloquent and passionate champion for the need to replace the previous run-down mental health facility with a building that could properly support the needs of patients and staff.

More recently, Dr. Burgmann was front and center of the Emergency Mental Health Campaign to create the Psychiatric Emergency and Assessment Treatment Area and upgrade the triage zone in the Emergency Department.

He’s also been an enthusiastic participant in many of our events. Allan’s joie de vivre brings a sense of humour and joy to every fundraising event he attends. Whatever the situation, he always has a hat or an outfit to make the occasion special.

Watch the video below to catch a few of our favourite outfits.

“She leads from a place of passion and care, and with that she is able to thread together system design that leads to great outcomes.”

Congratulations to Nikki Brown, Program Lead for Home Health, Chronic Diseases & Health Connections, North Shore Community, the recipient of our Clinical Practice Award.

Drawing on her experience as an ICU Nurse, Home Health Case Manager, a Clinical Coordinator, and a Director of Nursing, Nikki has brought a well-rounded perspective to her role of Program Lead.

She has scaled solutions from front line to systems level quickly and skillfully while approaching her work with an open, collaborative, joyous approach that inspires and motivates her colleagues.

Nikki has provided clinical guidance, networking direction and support to ensure that a high quality of care continues in our Coastal Community. At a time when our system is seeing staffing shortages throughout, Nikki developed interim processes and plans to ensure the most vulnerable are receiving continuous care, while others can still access care as needed, and that staff are able to manage all of these demands.

Without Nikki’s guidance, hundreds of clients would lack proper access to the care they need, and accepting new clients would be nearly impossible. Nikki’s inventive processes along with her resourcing and collaboration skills have allowed for continuous care for all, and better support for staff.

Learn more about Nikki and watch her receive the award below.

“Mina exemplifies outstanding achievement in her dedication to clients, the program and her team!”

Congratulations to former Coordinator of Mental Health Housing at the HOpe Centre, Mina Molavi, the recipient of our Les Janz Leadership Award.

Mina has been the team lead for Mental Health Housing since 2010, and since that time she has led the team and supported clients and their families with respect, dignity and professionalism.

Since being a Team Leader, Mina has grown the North Shore Mental Health Housing team into a multidisciplinary one, which provides clients with complete care. With her big personality, booming laugh and her appreciation for all the eccentricities of her team, Mina has created an environment that is accepting, inclusive and has room for playfulness.

Mina also values the contributions and insights of all staff members. She recognizes and honours their strengths while giving them autonomy along with clear guidance when needed. Several team members also mentioned that they applied for and stayed in positions with the Housing Team because they love working under Mina’s exemplary leadership.

“I’ve been working on the North Shore my entire career,” says Mina. “I’ve been with this team for 12 years now, and you are all like family to me. It’s such a privilege to be nominated. Thank you very much everyone.”

Learn more about Mina and watch her receive the award below.

Congratulations to our four recipients of the 16th Annual North Shore Health Care Awards held virtually at Lions Gate Hospital on Tuesday, February 14th.

Healthcare staff from across the North Shore attended the ceremony virtually to celebrate and support more than 35 outstanding staff members who were nominated by their peers.

Introducing the 2022/2023 Recipients

“She has been a beacon of light since day one and does not hesitate to go the extra mile!”

Congratulations to Social Worker at the HOpe Centre, Denise Carter, the recipient of our Workplace Inspiration Award.

Denise is one of the original staff members recruited to the Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre to help form a large multidisciplinary team to treat the mental health of youth and their families.

Since day one, she has been a beacon of light who uses her optimism, humor and professional competence to achieve positive outcomes in challenging situations. Her colleagues say “she’s an individual who bring positive energy to the workplace and does not hesitate to go the extra mile!”

Denise’s involvement in the Centre’s quality assurance committee and in developing educational groups for patients has also led to greater patient engagement, and her work has enabled the entire team to achieve treatment goals that are personalized to each patient and their family. With Denise’s support, the Carlile Centre team has been able to better coordinate care and reintegrate youth back into their communities with optimal support.

Learn more about Denise and watch her receive the award below.