2014 Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards

08/12/2014  |  Inside The PMCF |  Posted by: Genane Peniak

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).

I am a happy and I would say content person 99% of the time.  But what makes me happy and content is the great family I have at home as well as my supportive work “family”.

At any given moment I get a smile, a high five (yes I really do!) on any given day at work and those are the majority of my days.  I can’t imagine how I would feel if I were terribly sick, contemplating my last days, alone or even the combination of all three.  How would I feel? Where would I go?  Well many of our patients do feel that way, not all of them but some do and it’s often our support staff at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre that shines some light on a rather bleak day in a cancer diagnosis. 
It is that support staff that our patients have a chance to thank and recognize annually at The Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards.  Patients and families can nominate a staff member who gave them that little bit of energy to see another day, or on days when darkness was winning, their encouraging words of hope helped them to go on.
On November 24, 2014 we cheered on the nominees at the awards ceremony which is truly a staff favourite.  The celebration always puts a special smile on my face because many nominees bring their spouses, friends and children to share in this honour.  We remember that The Princess Margaret is not just a place of treatment and care but it is also a place where you can find hope, triumph and inspiration.

If you would like to learn more about the awards process please click here, complete an online nomination form or e-mail kirshawards@thepmcf.ca for more information.