Celebrating 10 years of excellence in BC health care.

Nominations for the 2016 BC Health Care Awards are now closed.

For more information about the nominations process, please view the 2016 nominations brochure and nominations poster.


Frequently asked questions



Who can be nominated?

Awards are for projects or initiatives improving health care delivery in BC and for individual health employees who are shining stars and inspirations to those around them. For a full description of each category, visit the awards page.

Health care involves many different types of skilled professionals – nurses, care aides, physicians, administrators, human resources professionals, support staff, maintenance workers and many, many others. Most are eligible for a BC Health Care Award. Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Executive Directors of HEABC member organizations (i.e., the most senior leader in an organization) are not eligible for nomination.

Nominees must work within an HEABC member facility (or facilities) and nominations must be for work done in service to or on behalf of an HEABC member employer either as a permanent or contract employee. This includes physicians and other medical and non-medical staff not directly employed by the HEABC member employer but working within their facility/facilities and providing care or support to people in the region.

Volunteers are not eligible for nomination.

All award winners demonstrate a commitment to health excellence in the province. See the rules and regulations below for further eligibility details.

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How do I submit a nomination?

Nominations for the 2016 BC Health Care Awards are now closed.
All nominations are submitted online through the BC Health Care Awards website.

Please review the "How to submit a winning nomination" guide for tips on how to submit a winning nomination.

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Is there a guide to help me with submitting a nomination?

Read the handy "How to submit a winning nomination" guide for tips on how to submit a winning BC Health Care Award nomination.
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Are there any sample nominations for me to look at?

Check out these past winning nominations for an idea of what makes a nomination a winner:

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What are judges looking for?

For Top Innovation - Affiliate, Top Innovation - Health Authority, Collaborative Solutions, Workplace Health Innovation awards

Projects or initiatives nominated in these award categories must demonstrate excellence and innovation, leadership, best practices and measured results.

Excellence & innovation: Demonstrates a significant improvement in practice, process or structure of the organization.

Leadership: Demonstrates leadership and vision in championing teamwork and collaboration and inspires others to effect positive change.

Best practices: Demonstrates contribution and capability, improving health care service delivery, patient care and adding value across the industry.

Measurable results: Demonstrates how the project has successfully achieved its goals by providing significant and measurable results.

For Health Care Hero awards

Individuals nominated for a Health Care Hero award must demonstrate a pattern of going above and beyond, and inspiring change in others. They are admired for their achievements, respected for their dynamic professionalism and know-how, and have had a positive impact on health care in BC.

Give specific examples of how this person has inspired others and how they have truly exceeded the call of duty.

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What are the nomination rules & regulations?

  1. Nominees must work within an HEABC member facility (or facilities) and nominations must be for work done in service to or on behalf of an HEABC member employer either as a permanent or contract employee. This includes physicians and other medical and non-medical staff not directly employed by the HEABC member employer but working within their facility/facilities and providing care or support to people in the region.
  2. Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Executive Directors of HEABC member organizations (i.e., the most senior leader in an organization) are not eligible for nomination.
  3. Volunteers are not eligible for nomination.
  4. Nominators do not have to be employed by an HEABC member. They can be patients, colleagues or other member of the public.
  5. To qualify for nomination for one of the five project-based awards, the project must have taken place during the last two calendar years (January 2014 to present). Consideration will be given to initiatives that began prior to this, but a major component must have occurred within the last two calendar years. Unsuccessful project-based nominations from previous years may be resubmitted if still within the acceptable time frame of the last two calendar years (January 2014 to present).
  6. A nomination may be entered in only one category in any year.
  7. Health Care Hero nominations can be for a lifetime of achievement or for more recent successes. Unsuccessful Health Care Hero nominations from previous years may be resubmitted as long as they meet the award rules and regulations.
  8. You cannot nominate yourself in any of the Health Care Hero categories. However, in the project-based categories you may nominate a team or initiative in which you participated.
  9. Employees who have retired or passed away may be nominated, as long as they were employed by an HEABC member within one calendar year of the date of nomination.
  10. Nominations must be submitted through the online nomination form at BCHealthCareAwards.ca (see link above). They may not be faxed, emailed, mailed or otherwise submitted.
  11. Nominations submitted after the official deadline will not be considered.
  12. By nominating someone, you confirm and guarantee the accuracy of all information submitted.
  13. HEABC reserves the right to confirm accuracy of the information provided in the nomination package.
  14. HEABC reserves the right to place nominations awards categories other than the category they were submitted, if appropriate.
  15. Nominations must be supported by the HEABC member organization that employs the nominee. Information in the nomination forms (e.g., employment status/place of employment) will be verified by HEABC and the nominee's CEO or Vice-President of Human Resources must sign off on the nomination before it is presented to the judging panel.
  16. Award winners must provide consent for the publication of their name(s), photo(s) and/or video footage in print, web and in social media (Facebook, Twitter) in connection with the BC Health Care Awards , as well as in media coverage, in order to receive their award.
  17. All entries become the property of HEABC and may be reprinted and made available to interested HEABC members and the public.
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