Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2013 OACRS Tribute Awards!
Deadline for submissions is FridaySeptember 6, 2013.
The OACRS Tribute Awards Program is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievement of those who are working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their potential.
If you would like to more information on the various awards, or to find nomination forms, please visit the links below.
2012 Partnership Award Recipient
OACRS is please to announce the recipient of the 2012 Partnership Award is the Client Rehabilitation Information System Project (CRISP) Steering Commitee.
Since January 2011, the “CRISP Steering Committe” has been working develop and implement a client information system customized for the unique needs of the children’s rehabilitation sector. This dedicated team comprised of two official representatives of each participating CTCs, our software vendor Goldcare Inc. and our project management firm of Healthtech Consultants, have created a customized tool for our sector.
Regular teleconference meetings and participation in monthly meetings by all “Project Team” members was imperative and served as a strong motivator of team spirit, project excellence and planning engagement. Joint problem solving and working towards common goals in a positive, encouraging and respectful atmosphere inspired and motivated team members. Every team member had a contribution to make – leadership, practical problem solving, issue identifiers, anxiety busters, clinical expertise and technological know how.
As a result of this tremendous commitment to CRISP, a true network has emerged. The project team has learned from each others’ challenges and best practices, resulting in a new level of support and collaboration across the sector. The team will continue to collaborate to develop standardized assessment templates for specific disciplines, sharing best practices and utilizing report data to inform CTC program planning.
Throughout this project, we have used a canoe analogy to represent the commitment, resilience and motivation for the project. To accomplish a goal of this magnitude, it required a trust, a belief that in the end everyone would be in the same canoe, would be paddling together and would be heading in the right direction – together.
The legacy of their work will live on to benefit our sector and most importantly the children and families we serve. Congratulations once again to the members of the OACRS CRISP Steering Committee!
Congratulations to all CRISP Steering Committee Members!
Vicki Johnston & Liz Farrow with the Child Development Centre - Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston
Marnie Ball & Judith Brisbin with the Children's Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent
Sandi Simmons & Elizabeth Martinell with Five Counties Children's Centre, Peterborough
Kris Novak & Janet Issac with Grandview Children's Centre, Durham Region
Mary Lynn Berthiaume & Mileva Vuletic with John McGivney Children's Centre, Windsor
Barb Hill & Bonnie Mensch with KidsAbility - Centre for Child Development, Waterloo
Ursi Bruun & Lisa Sylvester with Lansdowne Children's Centre, Brantford
Dorothy Harvey with Niagara Children's Centre
Pauline McGee & Elaine Kerr with Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre
Holly Withers & Valdene Wagner with Pathways Health Centre for Children, Sarnia
Margo Russell-Bird & Lisa Chesner with Quinte Children's Treatment Centre, Belleville
Linda Bolack & Karen Tjosvold with Thames Valley Children's Centre, London
Michele Biehler with the Children's Treatment Network, Simcoe-York
Catherine Renwick with Healthtech Consultants
Amy Johnson & Lorraince Catala with Goldcare
2012 Leadership Award Recipients
OACRS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Leadeship Award are Stephen Swatridge and Anne Huot.
Stephen and Anne are being recognized for the amazing leadership that they have shown throughout their work on the new Children’s Rehabilitation Information Systems Project, affectionately referred to as CRISP.
Stephen Swatridge (CEO at KidsAbility Centre for Child Development) is being recognized for his leadership of the Executive Team for the Project.
This important project required an effective, transparent and accountable governance structure to ensure that all the participating centres were moving forward in the same direction. From the beginning, Stephen’s integrity and credibility marked him as the de facto chair of the Project Executive. A strong advocate for the collaboration required to develop and implement a project of this magnitude and complexity, Stephen gently but firmly took on this leadership role amongst his peers. Not always an easy job, he has led the group to a greater level of trust and confidence as a sector, has created and modelled a unifying force within OACRS and created a legacy in OACRS that will live on.
OACRS is grateful for his leadership and his commitment to our sector being “stronger as one’ will be felt for years to come.
Anne Huot (Director of Client Programs & Information at Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre) is being recognized for her leadership of the Project Steering Committee.
From the earliest days, while CRISP was still a glimmer in the eyes of a few, Anne was a driving force behind all of the steps to develop a sound and supportable business case. She became a leader amongst leaders and her colleagues are high in their praise of Anne’s approach to teamwork, communication, attention to task and motivation. She has been pivotal in the success of this project as Chair of the Steering Committee and Project Director.
Described by one of her steering committee colleagues as “tenacious” and a “force for good”, her vision has always been firmly fixed on the end prize – improvement of care and service delivery for children and families.