General News · 21st December 2010
LOCAL PARAMEDIC UNIT CHIEF RECEIVES COMMENDATION AWARD
CORTES ISLAND – BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) Cortes Island Unit Chief Elizabeth Richardson has won a Chief Operating Officer’s Commendation Award for outstanding contributions to the BCAS and the community and a leader in providing health care services.
“All of our staff in BC do an excellent job ensuring that patients receive the best care possible,” said BCAS’ Chief Operating Officer Les Fisher. “Each year there are outstanding individuals and teams who go above the call of duty - these awards provide an opportunity for them to be recognized by their peers. From the peer-nominated awards, a small number of Provincial Awards are presented, including the one received by Liz.”
In 1988, recognizing that there was no organized medical help for the Island population, Richardson was among a group of volunteers who initiated the Cortes Emergency First Aid Society. In 1992, the BCAS established a station on Cortes Island and Richardson became the Unit Chief, a position she still holds today.
“Without a doubt, Liz’s contributions over the years have had a significant positive impact in supporting the health care needs of Cortes Island residents,” said BCAS Vancouver Island Executive Director Shawn Carby. “Her commitment to serving the needs of the community and dedication to the well-being of her crews is commendable.”
“Liz’s crews appreciate her support following difficult calls. She provides mentoring for both local paramedics who provide services for their community and career paramedics who will eventually move on to stations with higher call volumes,” said Carby. “Liz brings out the best in all members of her team which is such an important and valuable leadership skill.”
The BCAS Employee Recognition Awards program provides formal recognition to individuals or teams for their exemplary contributions. Nominations fall under four broad categories: Delivery of Patient Care or Client Service, Community Involvement, Teamwork and Leadership. Each year individuals and crews are nominated by their peers and a committee reviews the nominations and selects the award recipients. A small number of recipients go on to receive Provincial Awards.
BCAS also participates in the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Award Program sponsored by the Office of the Governor General and recognizes employees who reach service milestones.