The Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards: Honouring Compassionate Care at The Princess Margaret


Every year, The Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards are an occasion where Princess Margaret Cancer Centre honours staff and volunteers who have gone above and beyond their duties for patients and their families.

Sarah Wood, Paula Kirsh and Mark Vinderine

The awards are named for a patient, Gerald Kirsh, who was treated at The Princess Margaret almost two decades ago. His family established them after his death, as a tribute to the exceptional care he received.

The awards that carry Kirsh's name are designed to help patients and their families express their thanks to the dedicated staff who are so integral to their treatment at The Princess Margaret.

Sixteen Princess Margaret staff members were nominated for the awards this year and two were recognized in a ceremony on November 21.

Sarah Wood, a social worker, and Mark Vinderine, an administrative assistant, were the recipients of this year's awards. (The two recipients are shown in the photo above, with Paula Kirsh standing between them.)

Paul Alofs, the President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, said the annual awards ceremony is a special day for everyone connected to the Cancer Centre.

"Everyone who is nominated is very special to the 1,000 cancer patients who receive care here every day," he said.