Awards presented during 2019 Cape Breton Cancer Symposium

Award recipients from the 2019 Cape Breton Cancer Symposium (left to right): Dr. Ron MacCormick, Clinical Service Excellence Award recipient; Jeannie Kennedy, RN - Mona Baryluk Clinical Award of Excellence recipient and volunteer Clifford Morrison, Cape Breton Cancer Symposium Community Award recipient. Also, the clerical support staff of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre received the Cape Breton Cancer Centre Supportive Care Award during the symposium. Congratulations to all the recipients.

The recipients of this year's Cape Breton Cancer Symposium Community Award, the Mona Baryluk Clinical Award of Excellence, the Cape Breton Cancer Centre Supportive Care Award and the Clinical Service Excellence Award were recognized during the 2019 Cape Breton Cancer Symposium in September.

Clifford Morrison, a volunteer at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, received the 2019 Cape Breton Cancer Symposium Community Award. This award recognizes individuals or groups who are dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients in Cape Breton. Morrison, volunteers in the centre’s healing garden. He spends many hours gardening and tending to the various flowers that were planted for the patients, ensuring the garden is beautiful for people to enjoy.

Jeannie Kennedy, registered nurse with the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, oncology clinic, received the Mona Baryluk Clinical Award of Excellence. This award is given to a staff member in Eastern Zone of Nova Scotia Health Authority’s (NSHA) Cancer Care Program to recognize dedication and excellence in leadership. Providing care in rural settings means adapting to the unique needs of patients and staff and Kennedy meets those needs on a daily basis with care and compassion. Nominated for the award by her peers, she is a dedicated advocate for her patients and puts her patients’ needs above everything else. This award is named in honor of Mona Baryluk, a former director of cancer and palliative care services in Cape Breton.

The Cape Breton Cancer Centre Supportive Care Award is also peer nominated. It recognizes commitment, dedication and leadership among colleagues and patients in Eastern Zone of NSHA’s Cancer Care Program. This year’s recipient is the clerical support staff of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. This group was nominated for its service to patients and the dedication the staff members show to the centre’s patients. From greeting patients at the front registration desk to booking follow up appointments, this group is an integral part of the cancer care team.

Dr. Ron MacCormick, medical oncologist, educator and researcher, received the Clinical Service Excellence Award. Innovative, caring and hardworking, and passionate about cancer care, Dr. MacCormick is a pioneer in developing cancer services in Nova Scotia. He set a precedent when he decided to travel to Cape Breton to see patients, rather than have patients travel to see him. With the help of four progressive nurses working out of a small clinical space, he launched IV chemotherapy services in Cape Breton. This led him to lobby successfully for a full service cancer centre in Cape Breton. A gifted teacher, Dr. MacCormick has mentored numerous medical and nursing students. In 2007, he was named Mentor of the Year by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and in 2009, he received the college’s Clinical Traineeship Award. Dr. MacCormick holds three academic posts and is an accomplished speaker, having presented more than 70 lectures throughout Canada, the United States and elsewhere.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients.