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SJHH / About/ Get To Know St. Joe's/ Our Mission, Vision, Values/ Mission Legacy Awards

Mission Legacy Awards

Mission Legacy Awards 2023

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.

Last year, we hosted a special recognition ceremony on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. Participants joined us via the live broadcast at stjoes.ca/missionlegacyawards or attended in person in the Frank Charles Miller Amphitheatre at Charlton Campus. Attendance was open to all our dedicated staff, physicians, learners, volunteers, researchers, and board members, as their presence at this significant event made it even more memorable.

During this event, we celebrated the exceptional contributions of:

  • Dr. Casey Wang,
  • Dr. Scott McCullagh,
  • Marnie Buchanan,
  • Terri Schnurr (posthumous),
  • Jackie Jewell,
  • Andrea Kinar,
  • Carol Sweeney,
  • Teresa Cascioli,
  • Dr. John Bienenstock (posthumous),
  • the Periop Executive Committee & Surgical Program and
  • the Forensic Psychiatry Program.

The community of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton shared a deep belief in the values that our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, instilled in our organization: that it was an honor to serve – and, in particular, to ensure that those most vulnerable and marginalized had 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.

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection

The nominations for the 2024 Mission Legacy Awards are 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, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, the St. Joseph’s Health System and/or the SJH Foundation.

  • Employees (frontline to management)
  • Foundation Members
  • Members of the Research Institute
  • Physicians
  • Posthumous candidates
  • Sisters of St. Joseph
  • 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, 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.

The deadline for 2024 nominations is Friday September 6, 2024.  A selection committee will review all nominations after the closing date. A formal recognition ceremony will take place annually. The ceremony for 2024 is scheduled for Wednesday November 13, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Download the Nomination Form - Word document here / PDF document here.

Nominations can also be forwarded by email to events@stjoes.ca

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.