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Four VCH staff receive Nursing Awards of Excellence from NNPBC


Four VCH nurses have been recognized for their outstanding leadership and commitment to high-quality patient care by their peers.

They are among 19 recipients of the Association of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) Nursing Awards of Excellence for 2021.

Congratulations to:

  • Patricia (Trish) Dribnenki-Pennock, RPN, BScPN

  • Cindy Hansen, RN, BSN

  • Avneet Khela, RN

  • Andrea Walker, RN, MSN

Every year, the NNPBC honours exceptional individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the nursing practice in the province. Individuals are nominated by their peers and a committee comprised of nurses from the NNPBC Board and Councils who review the nominations based on how they have demonstrated excellence and have gone above and beyond.

Trish Dribnenki-Pennock, a Mental Health Clinician at the Downtown Community Centre in Vancouver, received the Award of Excellence in Nursing Advocacy. She credits the nurses she has worked with over the years for nurturing her passion for wanting to make a difference in the lives of her clients and her commitment to advocating for delivering care and services to the most vulnerable and those with complex care needs, especially in the Downtown Eastside.

“Being nominated and recognized by my peers, especially by some of the amazing nurses who work in the Downtown Eastside, is truly humbling," says Trish. “I also want to sincerely thank the people who use our services. They have been the experts for me and have taught me how to provide better care and support to them and to others."

Trish is currently on leave from VCH and is working with the health authority in Auckland, New Zealand to deliver community health services to marginalized clients in the city.

Avneet Khela, a Clinical Coordinator at Three Bridges Community Health Centre in Vancouver, received the Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice. She emphasizes how her belief in social justice and social responsibilities has guided her desire to help others.

“This award is truly a reflection of all the exceptional nurses, educators and leaders who have shaped my nursing practice throughout my career, and the support I've received from my colleagues," says Avneet. “As a woman of colour raised in Canada, I have had the privilege of making my mark in the health care industry and in gaining an understanding of some of the challenges marginalized people have faced in accessing the short-term and long-term care they need."

Andrea Walker, Director, Nursing & Allied Health Professional Practice, is the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership.

“I am extremely humbled to have been nominated by my colleagues for this award. I am only able to be an effective nursing leader because of the outstanding team members who surround me," says Andrea.

As a leader, Andrea believes in practicing what we preach, and living our VCH values, especially our value of we care for everyone, something she does every day.

“As leaders, if we take the time to give the support our teams need, they will feel appreciated and will come to work knowing that we genuinely care," she says.

Cindy Hansen, an RN in the Emergency Department at Richmond Hospital, received the Award of Excellence for Innovation in Nursing.

Congratulations to Trish, Cindy, Avneet and Andrea for this wonderful recognition, and thank you for your commitment and dedication to health care at VCH.​

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