We are so pleased to celebrate several Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) women leaders at who recently received awards and recognition for making a difference in health care.
- BC Business Women of the Year Awards 2022 | Change Maker Award
Brittany Bingham is the director of Indigenous Health Research at VCH, the director Indigenous Research at the Centre and Sexual Health Equity, as well as an assistant professor, Division of Social Medicine at UBC. Read more.
- YWCA Women of Distinction 2022 | Research, Sciences and Technology Award
Dr. Elizabeth Bryce is the regional medical director for infection prevention and control (IPAC) at VCH and a clinical professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Read more.
- VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation | Unsung Hero Award 2022
Leah Christoff is a cardiology nurse practitioner (NP) who is one of the first NPs to join VCH and is a founding member of the BC Nurse Practitioners Association and one of the first board members for VCH's new Department of Nurse Practitioners. Watch a video.
- YWCA Women of Distinction 2022 | Environmental Sustainability Award
Dr. Andrea MacNeill is the regional medical director of planetary health at VCH. She is also the founder and principal investigator at the UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab and a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). Read more.
- VCH Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee | International Women's Day 2022
Lana Moroz is a nurse practitioner at the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic in Vancouver Acute and member of the Quality Assurance and Improvement/Critical Incidence Committee for NPs. Read more.
Recognizing and supporting women leaders is critical to advancing a culture of belonging and representation across VCH. Lana notes that awards like these help combat bias and inequality, as well as facilitate a positive change and culture by continuing to break barriers through conversations, speaking up and advocacy.
“What I do at work makes me smile and I want to continue to work consciously for inclusion and equality," Leah echoes.
Brittany adds that “awards that acknowledge Indigenous leadership are always important to shine a light on the work that is being done to disrupt, shift and change systems to create more equitable and safe spaces for Indigenous peoples."
Elizabeth encourages all staff and medical staff to take chances, be a critical thinker and to think outside the box. In the same way, Andrea's advice to other women is to be fearless and Brittany champions Indigenous researchers to persevere and be guided by their passion and to find a safe place to land among other Indigenous scholars and leaders.
“We have to learn to exist outside our comfort zones, accepting breadth rather than depth of expertise," Andrea says. “Surgery allows me to make a profound difference in the lives of relatively few people, while climate action stands to benefit all of humanity in unknowable ways. That complementarity is deeply gratifying and motivating."
“Curiosity is one of my drivers and solving a problems is stimulating and gratifying. Synergy of ideas is a powerful force," says Elizabeth, who loves medicine because of its many interesting challenges and the chance to work with so many wonderful people.
Gratitude and appreciation for colleagues is a shared sentiment among the award recipients. While Lana strives to build and foster supportive, positive and meaningful relationships with colleagues, Leah's expresses daily gratitude for the interdisciplinary team she works with.
“We are all working towards one goal of supporting our patients and each other to do a really good job," Leah says.