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Guiding Star Awards - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Anyone in the community, current or past patients or clients, their families, colleagues, co-workers or volunteers within the three Children’s Health Foundation partners.

Direct patient or client care staff, paediatricians, residents, nurses, Child Life Specialists, technicians, administrative staff, support and ancillary staff, and researchers.

Nominators may know several worthy staff, practitioners or clinicians and can choose to nominate more than one individual. As a nominator, you can also nominate from any of the three streams of Children's Health Foundation partners.

The deadline to submit your nomination is Monday, June 1 at 5 p.m. EST.

Nominations are submitted using the form on this page. If you are unable to complete the form online, please contact for assistance.

A selection committee of eleven is chosen from among Children’s Health Foundation partners and Children Health Foundation Board. The selection committee will review the finalists in May and award recipients will be contacted and invited to tell their story and receive the award at the June Annual General Meeting of Children’s Health Foundation.

These awards will be given out at the Annual meeting of the Children’s Health Foundation mid-June. Both the winners and nominators will be invited to the Award event.

Patient, Client and Family-Centred Care (PCFCC) leads to better health outcomes, improved patient or client and family experience of care, better practitioner, clinician and staff satisfaction, and wiser allocation of resources.

Patient, Client and Family-Centred Care is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, clients and families. It redefines the relationships in health care by placing an emphasis on collaborating with people of all ages, at all levels of care, and in all health care settings. A key goal is to promote the health and well-being of individuals and families and to maintain their control, decision-making, values and participation at the level they choose.

Children’s Health Foundation recognizes that our three partners, Children’s Hospital, Thames Valley Children’s Centre and Children’s Health Research Institute strive to use a patient, client and family centred approach in the delivery of child and youth health care, rehabilitation and research. You can learn more about this perspective by visiting: IPFCC’s website.

Children’s Health Foundation is a leading fundraising organization in Southwestern Ontario and parts of Northern Ontario whose mission is to support of the priorities and needs of Children’s Hospital, Thames Valley Children’s Centre and Children’s Health Research Institute.

Through the Guiding Star Award program, the Foundation hopes to:

  • Acknowledge and highlight the qualities of staff engaged in mutually beneficial partnerships between health care providers and researchers, patients, clients and their families.
  • Increase awareness of the core concepts of PCFCC as demonstrated by individuals in their daily work.
  • Promote employee recognition and peer validation while promoting the value and benefits of PCFCC in all paediatric health care sectors.

Do you know someone at Children's Hospital, Thames Valley Children's Centre, or Children's Health Resarch Institute who exemplifies outstanding Patient, Client and Family-Centred Care? Nominate them for a Guiding Star Award!

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