During the 10-week Best Work Buddy (BWB) Contest at Vancouver Coastal Health, staff and physicians from the Vancouver Community of Care submitted almost 100 photos and wonderful stories to share their workplace friendships.
The grand prize winners were Manjit Bains and Kamal Parmar, registered nurses at VGH, won the grand prize of a one-hour professional photo shoot! They chose Coal Harbour for their photo shoot — and welcomed us to capture the occasion on video.
The VGH RNs exemplify how having a best friend at work enriches our work environment and helps us achieve our personal and shared goals. Manjit’s chipper enthusiasm complements Kamal’s calm disposition and clever humour. “She’s like the best sister ever,” says Manjit.
The pair met six years ago when Kamal arrived at VGH as an internationally trained nurse. Manjit helped Kamal adjust and settle in. Kamal inspired and supported Manjit to become an RN. Today, they work together as RNs on the ACE unit in Centennial Pavilion.
Manjit and Kamal didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits during their photo shoot. Umbrellas (and stethoscopes!) became fun props as they had their photos snapped on the sea wall, by the cruise ships and other tourist attractions.
“It was great day and you made us feel very special,” says Manjit. “We’ll frame these photos in our living room as a celebration of our friendship.”
The 10-week BWB contest invited all Vancouver physicians, staff and LMC colleagues to submit their photos and stories of friendship for a chance to win a weekly prize. All contestants were also entered into the draw for the Grand Prize: a one-hour professional photo shoot in Vancouver. Each week the responses were tremendous, including heartwarming stories of friendships formed from working together.
Altogether, almost 100 photos and stories were submitted, and you can read some of them in VCH News by clicking the links below:
Week 1: Michelle, Melanie, Naleena and Kelly
Week 2: Ana, Eva, Simi, and Navi
Week 3: Fiona, Brenda, Jennifer and Karen
Week 6: Zori, Marion, Ruth, Paula and Jeanette
Week 7: Aaron, Cam, and the VGH ED med team
Week 8: Eduardo, Cane, Helen, Christine and Lone
Week 9: Sukhjit, Kimberly, Lani, Kamaljit and Manjit
Week 10: Buena, Cristine, Amy, Joel, Carman, Givan and Karen