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Above and Beyond Awards For Fraser Valley Hospital Volunteers

Chilliwack – The Chilliwack General Hospital Pediatric Observation Team  received an Above and Beyond Award for their efforts to open this new unit (opened just this past spring), which included liaising with hospital departments, the Chilliwack Hospital Foundation and community groups to raise money and awareness.

Since it opened earlier this year, more than 600 children have received care in the unit.

Other awards went to Abbotsford, Langley and Surrey.



Among the winners in Abbotsford are a group of youth volunteers who serve as VolunTEEN program team leaders at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre. The program’s 13 teen team leaders help recruit and train other teens in the program. The leaders include: Japneet Gill, Dilraj Natt, Jadrien Bergonia, Harry Saini, Sahil Chawla, Harman Waring, Gagan Mahil, Gursimer Kaler, Shayne Oberhoffner, Harman Gill, Sarah Chae, Claire Abhi, and Sushil Dosanjh.

Abbotsford Regional Hospital volunteer David Ngan also received an award, in the Fraser Health Hero category. Over the past eight years, Ngan has volunteered more than a thousand hours in the hospital’s emergency department. Among his accomplishments, he developed a detailed map of the department to improve access, which is now in wide use in the unit.


In Chilliwack, Chilliwack General Hospital’s Pediatric Observation Team were awarded with a Best Collaboration Award for their work creating a new four-bed pediatric emergency department unit for children. This comforting space for small patients, which opened in the spring, provides faster access to pediatricians and reduces emergency department wait times for children.


Volunteer Bob McMullen brings joy to Arbutus Place through music. He began playing his keyboard for there while his wife was a resident. After she passed away, he continued to visit and perform concerts for residents, brightening their day. Even after suffering a stroke, he was back at the keys as soon as he could be, delighting his audience.


Three of the awardees in the Fraser Health awards work at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Among them, Dr. Shikha Minhas is a palliative care physician who grants patients comfort in their passing. She was lauded for her deeply compassionate and person-centred end-of-life care. The hospital’s Clinical Operations Manager Ruth Kerr was also singled out for her leadership which helped rebirth the team in Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. And clinical pharmacy specialist, Brandi Newby was honoured for her innovations in medication safety for children. Newby advocated for a dedicated neonatal pediatric pharmacy at Surrey Memorial Hospital, and pulled together diverse teams to make it happen.

Also in Surrey, Lee-Anne Kelleher, a Health Care Assistant at Czorny Alzheimers Centre, was named a health care hero for her sensitive and personal care for dementia residents at the facility. She was praised for they way she treats residents as friends, helping to preserve their memories and enrich their lives.

Fraser Health’s Above and Beyond Awards were presented on Sept. 21 at a ceremony at Surrey City Hall.

To read more about the health care heroes celebrated in Fraser Health communities, visit:

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