The 2015 winners of the Excellence in Health award are a Kelowna-based nonprofit that is teaching kids about water safety and a Victoria clinic providing women’s health care services to its local community. The award is presented in recognition of actions or initiatives that exemplify creativity and ingenuity to improve and protect the health and safety of British Columbians, and results that have brought about measurable change with potential for positive, long-term improvement. To submit a nomination for the 2016 awards, visit www.doctorsofbc.ca/resource-centre/awards-scholarships/health-promotion-awards.
Nonprofit category: Across the Lake Swim Society
Formed in 2009 and based in Kelowna, the Across the Lake Swim Society is committed to preserving the annual Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim and developing skills and awareness in open-water swimming in children and adults. Thanks to the society’s efforts, every year 1400 grade 3 kids from Peachland to Lake Country receive free swimming lessons to develop their safety skills and empower them to experience the benefits of regular activity.
Because the majority of drowning deaths may be prevented if the victim can swim, the society is committed to funding swimming lessons to help reduce the number of preventable drowning deaths. To learn more about the society’s initiatives visit acrossthelakeswim.com.
Corporate category: Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic
For 10 years the Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic (VIWC) has offered reproductive health care to women on the Island. The clinic provides onsite ultrasounds, blood tests, contraception, abortion services, and management of miscarriage and menopause. In addition to providing care locally—reducing the need for referrals to hospitals and specialists—the clinic offers training to nurses, medical students, family practice residents, nurse practitioners, and midwives, and participates in research that benefits women’s care. VIWC is accredited by the National Abortion Federation and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.
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