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Mission Legacy Awards

Mission Legacy Awards 2023

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection

The nominations for the Mission Legacy Awards is open.

Those eligible are any of the following individual, groups/teams who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to contribute to the legacy and Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, the St. Joseph’s Health System and/or the SJH Foundation. 

  • Employees (frontline to management)
  • Physicians
  • Posthumous candidates 
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton
  • Volunteer Board Members
  • Volunteers

Nominee contributions are measured against the Mission, Vision and Values of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

As the Mission Legacy Awards recognize only those individuals who devotedly embody the values of our founders, a limited number of award winners are named each year. Contributions of award winners are seen as generally equivalent.

To view the Mission Legacy Award Winners from 2007-Present, please click here.

Nomination Process & Form

We encourage any individual(s) (internally or externally) to nominate a deserving individual or group/team as a candidate to receive the Mission Legacy Award. The nomination of posthumous candidates is also welcome.

Nominations must include a summary detailing the career and achievements of the nominee as well as an explanation detailing how this individual has contributed to the legacy and the Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, SJHH and/or the SJH Foundation. In addition, the name, address, and phone number of the nominee as well as the nominator should be included.

It is the intent of this award to recognize individuals who have made meaningful contributions throughout the history of the organization, not just those from the recent past.

There is no deadline for nominations as the selection process is ongoing. Annually, a selection committee will review all nominations on file including those from both current and prior years for consideration. A formal recognition ceremony will take place annually at an event scheduled to acknowledge the exceptional Mission Legacy Award winners for the current year.

Download the Nomination Form - Word document here / PDF document here.
The 2023 Mission Legacy Award Ceremony will be held November 15, 2023 - more details to come.

Nominations can also be forwarded by email to

Or forwarded via mail to:

Human Resources, Office C225
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus
100 West 5th Street, Hamilton, ON, L8N 3K7

Or fax to (905) 381-5609

For additional information, please call Johan at 905.522.1155 ext. 36283.

Process for Selection

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton will form a Mission Legacy Award committee to review nominations. All nominees or their families (by designate) will be approached for their approval prior to any public announcement.

All award recipients can be found here.

A plaque recognizing the individual will be presented to the award winner or designate as appropriate.

We thank all members of the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton community who participate in this worthy process.

Mission Legacy Awards 2022

The Mission Legacy Award is the highest honour bestowed by our organization to those who have contributed in an exceptional manner to the healthcare ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton.

On Wednesday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m. we held a recognition ceremony to celebrate the exceptional contributions of:

Dr. Anthony Kerigan (Posthumous), Dr. Azim Gangji, Stephanie Trowbridge, Julia Baxter, Cathy Pracsovics, Frances Szypula, Brenda Helpard, Claudia Rodrigues, William J Walker, Physician Team: Drs. Clara Lu, Achieng Tago, Tobi Olaiya and Curtis Sobchak, Transplant Team and the Monoclonal Antibody Clinic Team.

All St. Joe’s community members were welcome to attend the Mission Legacy Awards ceremony in-person in the Frank Charles Miller Amphitheatre at Charlton Campus or watch via the livestream. In case you missed it: watch the recording below.

In 2022, 33 unique nominations were received. Watch the above awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and dedication of our staff, physicians, volunteers, board members, foundation members, departments and physician teams. 

The community of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton shares a deep belief in the values that our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton instilled in our organization: that it is an honour to serve – and in particular to ensure that those most vulnerable and marginalized have access to compassionate, high quality care.

The prestigious Mission Legacy Award recognize extraordinary individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), St. Joseph's Health System (SJHS), and/or the St. Joseph's Healthcare (SJH) Foundation.