2019 Annual Award of Excellence in Nursing: Call for nominations

Celebrating the dedication, initiative and distinction of nurses who are helping to improve the health of Canada's First Nations and Inuit

Deadline extended: Completed nomination packages can now be submitted until March 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) of Indigenous Services Canada is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards of Excellence in Nursing. This award will be presented to 3 exceptional nurses who provide care to First Nations or Inuit clients. Nominees will have demonstrated that they are committed to excellence in professional nursing practice by:

  • consistently using sound judgment in routine circumstances, as well as in urgent situations
  • maintaining professionalism in their treatment of clients and their approach to leadership
  • valuing diversity and supporting a culturally appropriate environment

Who is eligible to receive this award?

The award is open to all frontline, registered nurses who:

  • currently are employed by FNIHB, a First Nations employer or are working in an Inuit community
  • have worked an equivalent of 2 years fulltime in a First Nations or Inuit community

Completed nomination packages must be received by Friday, March 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

All nominators and nominees will be notified in April 2019 of the final results. We wish to thank everyone involved in the nomination process for taking the time to nominate an outstanding nurse providing direct care in a First Nations or Inuit community.

Please include nominee's name, title and organization on all documentation.

Assessment of merits of excellence letter

The nominator must provide a letter no more than 2 pages summarizing why the nominee should receive this award. The letter should be formatted single spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font. Clearly legible, hand written documentation will also be accepted.

The Nursing Award Selection Committee will evaluate the candidates based on the following 2 criteria:

  • excellent people skills
  • dedication to leadership, learning and professional development

Please review the criteria below and organize your nomination letter to include specific examples of how the nominee fulfills them.

Merit criteria

Excellent people skills:

  • delivers client support with integrity and compassion
  • builds effective relationships with clients, families and community members
  • actively involved in the community (for example, partnership with health professionals or health leads)
  • clearly conveys information and ideas to individuals or groups
  • has an impressive ability to unite team members to achieve team and community goals

Dedication to leadership, learning and professional development:

  • demonstrates leadership and embraces changing environments
  • enhances and promotes nursing
  • proactive in mentoring students, nurses and staff
  • acts as a role model to inspire others to achieve results and obtain goals;
  • actively involved in professional organizations
  • committed to life-long learning by continuing to study beyond levels required for their position;
  • incorporates a culturally appropriate environment as a part of their nursing practice


  • Letters of reference or support with signatures are encouraged as they will enhance the nomination package.

The Award of Excellence in Nursing will be presented to the 3 recipients during National Nursing Week at a ceremony in Ottawa on Monday, May 6, 2019. Each recipient of the award will receive a framed certificate, as well as a gift to commemorate this special occasion. Travel and accommodation expenses for each of the recipients will be provided by FNIHB to attend the award ceremony. All travel will be in accordance with the Treasury Board guidelines and is subject to approval.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Chantal Rochon
Project Coordinator
Internal Client Services Directorate
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Indigenous Services Canada
200 Eglantine Driveway, Jeanne Mance Building, Tunney's Pasture
1916B, Room 1619B
Ottawa ON K1A 0K9

Tel: 613-797-4166
Fax: 613-948-2642
Email: FNIHB_recognition_DGSPNI_reconnaissance@hc-sc.gc.ca

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