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Guiding Star Awards - 2019

Recognizing Excellence in Patient, Client and Family-Centred Care


Children’s Health Foundation is proud to launch the Guiding Star Awards, a set of awards with a paediatric focus.

The Guiding Star Awards were created in 2019 to recognize excellence in Patient, Client and Family-Centred Care among paediatric health care professionals of Children’s Hospital, Children’s Health Research Institute and Thames Valley Children’s Centre.


Congratulations to the 2019 Guiding Star Award Recipients!


Children’s Hospital Staff

Lisa Pearlman, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care Program

Children’s Hospital Physician

Dr. Roberta Berard, Paediatric Rheumatologist

Thames Valley Children’s Centre Staff

Karla Krekewich-LaFayette, Psychometrist, Autism Services

Children’s Health Research Institute Staff

Dr. Kathy Speechley, Chair, Children’s Health and Therapeutics Division, and Scientist

Dr. Graham Chance Guiding Star

Dr. Leslie Scott, Chair/Chief, Division of Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Surgeon



What is Patient, Client and Family Centred Care?


Patient, Client and Family-Centred Care (PCFCC) is an approach to children’s health care that respects the central role of the family in a child’s life.

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Who Can Be Nominated?


Direct care staff, paediatricians and residents, administrative, support and ancillary staff and researchers who:

  • Exemplify the concepts of Patient, Client and Family-Centred Care through their actions and attitude on a regular basis.
  • Support PCFCC initiatives by providing exceptional support through technology, research, services and other means.
  • Demonstrate leadership in improving the quality of the patient, client and family experience.
  • Recognize the benefit of working in teams to provide PCFCC every time.
  • Recognize that the family is the constant in their child’s life.

Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5 p.m.

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