Kirsh Humanitarian Awards - 2014 Winners

The 14th annual Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards celebrates The Princess Margaret’s culture of compassionate care

Every year, staff and volunteers at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre are nominated for their exemplary service by patients and their families for The Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards. The 14th annual celebration was held on November 24, 2014.

After having experienced exceptional care for their father and husband, Gerald, the Kirsh family decided to do something special to honour the many staff and volunteers who assisted them on their cancer journey. In collaboration with The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Kirsh family established The Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards. Through the award’s nomination process, patients and families have the opportunity to thank staff and volunteers who provide outstanding, compassionate care.

Jennifer Lebow, daughter of Paula Kirsh, shared her gratitude with Cancer Centre staff at the ceremony on behalf of the Kirsh family.

“These awards are very special to my family because they are both a tribute to my father, for whom the awards are named, and to the many amazing people at The Princess Margaret,” said Lebow. “During this time in the hospital, my father couldn’t help but notice the wonderful care he received and the pride everyone took in their work. My father recognized that what often helped the most was the care he received as much as, or even more so, than the technical skills that came with each person.”

Nominees demonstrate The Princess Margaret’s seven core values: caring, excellence, teamwork, innovation, leadership, integrity and respect in an exceptional manner. These values support The Princess Margaret’s ability to lead as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

All staff members and volunteers at The Princess Margaret are eligible for nomination, including doctors, security guards, nurses and beyond.

Dr. Andre Schuh, Director of Clinical Services for Malignant Hematology, and Harjot Singh Vohra, Clinical Research Coordinator, were the proud recipients of this year’s awards.

Staff, patients and their families are invited to nominate any Princess Margaret Cancer Centre employee or volunteer for exemplary, compassionate care. If you would like to learn more about the awards process please click here, complete an online nomination form or e-mail for more information.

2014 Kirsh nominees and winners Harjot Singh Vohra (front, left) and Dr. Andre Schuh (front, right) with Mrs. Paula Kirsh (front, middle). (Photo: The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation).