Arnprior Regional Health celebrates staff and physicians’ excellence and service a little differently this year

Last spring, COVID-19 threw a wrench into the event plans for the Annual Employee and Physician Service Recognition and Awards—and they were postponed until the fall.

  Matthew Hamlyn

With a bit of creativity and a few new twists, the revised Service Recognition and Awards were hosted differently (but safely) last week as a chance to spotlight excellence and acknowledge the valuable service of many employees and physicians. The week of celebrations included treats, refreshments and meals and individuals received their awards and service milestone pins in their work areas.

Mathew Hamlyn, Pharmacist, was the Hospital’s recipient of this year’s Rising Star Award and shared that he was proud to learn the news.

“ARH is welcoming – a lot like the town and people of Arnprior itself. Since day one, I’ve felt part of the team,” explained Matthew. “I am grateful to be able to continue doing the work I love, and it is especially rewarding to do so alongside dedicated staff. There is something special about the pride that comes from being a resident of Arnprior and working at the local hospital. I hope I am working here for a long time!”

Sarah Lacasse, Financial Analyst, was this year’s HART Award recipient for the Hospital – an award given to an individual who demonstrates the ARH values: Honesty, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork.

“I feel very privileged to be part of ARH and a great team of talented and professional people,” said Sarah Lacasse, Financial Analyst. “I love the challenges my position offers and the opportunity for continuous

learning as ARH grows. I was very honoured to receive this award knowing I work in an environment where there are so many deserving employees.”

         Sarah Lacasse

Judith Gilchrist, Director of Care, Grove Nursing Home was honoured with the Leadership Excellence Award.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most challenging experiences of my career,” reflected Judith. “I am proud of the way the Grove staff have remained calm, caring, and compassionate through this very different and difficult time. I am very honoured to have been chosen for this award and humbled by the comments shared by those who nominated me.”

The 2020 award winners:

Lisa Nadeau, PSW – HART Award (Grove Nursing Home)

Sarah Lacasse, Financial Analyst – HART Award (Hospital)

Dr. Christine Schriver, Chief of Staff – HART Award (Physician)

Matthew Hamlyn, Pharmacist – Rising Star Award (Hospital)

Rhianna Barry, RN – Rising Star Award (Grove Nursing Home)

Judith Gilchrist, Director of Care, Grove Nursing Home – Leadership Excellence

William Brydges, Maintenance Worker – Person & Family Centred Care Award

The Infection Prevention and Control Section Table – Team Excellence Award

Team Members:

John Gruno

Cheryl Bourgeau

Christina Carnegie

Kate O’Connor

Vicki Hallas

Rosa Vigliotti

Andrea McClymont

Jennifer Theron

Emily Hamilton


2020 service milestones:

5 years

Krystyna Recoskie

Julie Armsden

Patricia Renaud

Stephanie Shier

Alanah Lucas

Erica McCormick

Lindsay Hawkins

Wendy Barkley

Suzanne Barr

Gail Ryan

Ashley Angel

Dr. Mohammad Nejad

Dr. Jonathan Fitzsimon

10 years

Greg Gillis

Patricia Delaney

Kathryn Johnson

Ashley Barr

Suzan Richards

Lyndsey Lewis

Elizabeth Ritchie

William Brydges

John Gruno

Dr. Jennifer Becker

Jesse Trousdale

15 years

Blaine Davidson

20 years

Kimberly Edge

Susan Ellis

Charlene Barr

Kimberly Fraser

Dr. Susanna McCarthy

25 years

Elaine Mawdsley

30 years

Tammy Needham

Dr. Rob Boersma

Dr. Cathy Greenough

Dr. Cindy Morrison

45 years

Dr. Earl Gordon


Nancy Brown

Bernadette Dunlop

Madeleine Hill

Kinga Marszalek

Don Miller

Beverley Phillips

Kathy Raycroft

Wendy Sharpe

Jane Swaine

Gloria Whelan