Keeping the Promise Award honours commitment to social justice

Feb 8, 2018 | News

Last year's winner of the Keeping the Promise Award – Acute Care was PHC's Director of Urban Health Scott Harrison.Last year's winner of the Keeping the Promise Award – Acute Care was PHC's Director of Urban Health Scott Harrison.

Presented by Providence Health Care in conjunction with St. Paul’s Foundation, the Keeping the Promise Award is in honour of the rich history of our founding congregations and their commitment to social justice. Our Sisters lived with the conviction that everyone had value and deserved care and that compassion was an essential ingredient in treatment. We acknowledge the responsibility of carrying on the work of the Sisters and honour their legacy through this “Keeping the Promise Award”. The Award commemorates the work of:

  • The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul
  • The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
  • The Sisters of Providence
  • The Sisters of Charity
  • The Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception 

And all those who have followed in their footsteps and held true to the Sisters’ principles of social justice and compassion.

Our Keeping the Promise Award will be presented to a clinical staff member, a staff member or a volunteer who most clearly demonstrates service to those from marginalized communities and contributes to the promotion of social justice within and outside of Providence.

Two Keeping the Promise Awards may be given out each year, at the discretion of the Award Recipient Selection Committee:

  • One Award to a nominee from Providence’s acute care sites.
  • One Award to a nominee from Providence’s residential sites.

Nomination criteria

Nomination criteria would include evidence that the nominee is:

  • A current Providence clinical staff member, staff member or volunteer.
  • Recognized as a role model and an inspiration to others through their commitment to social justice (Examples of how this commitment might be demonstrated would include: acting as an advocate for our patients and residents who need someone to speak for them or showing consistent and exemplary empathy and understanding while working with members of our populations of emphasis.).
  • Contributing to making Vancouver a better city in which to live.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to helping Providence live and reflect its Vision Statement: Driven by compassion and social justice, we are at the forefront of exceptional care and innovation.


Nominations should include a story which demonstrates the nominee’s commitment to social justice and up to two letters of recommendation.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone affiliated with Providence. There is no limit to the number of nominations any one person may submit. Each nomination will be evaluated on the strength of the examples and recommendations provided.

Award recipient selection committee

A selection committee will review the nomination forms for the Keeping the Promise Award. The committee, chaired by Providence’s Mission Services, will be composed of members drawn from the following groups within Providence (with no more than one member from a particular group in any year):

  • Acute care
  • Residential care
  • Front line staff
  • Leadership
  • Physicians
  • Social work
  • Mental health 
  • Urban health

2017 Keeping the Promise Videos

Check out these videos about the 2017 award recipients.

Resources are available if you need help writing the nomination – please contact: Lucy Luongo at 604-321-2661, ext. 22363.

All nominations should be typewritten.

Submission deadline for nominations

Completed nomination forms must be submitted to the office of Mission, Ethics & Spirituality by Friday, March 30, 2018 by email: or Fax: 604-806-9458 or internal mail: 11th floor, Hornby Site.

Keeping the Promise Award

Upon selection by the committee, the successful nominees will receive:

  • A framed Keeping the Promise Award certificate
  • A cheque for $1,000
  • Access to up to $1,000 towards furthering their education or professional development, including taking a course, attending a conference and/or giving a presentation/education session to their colleagues.

Nominees not selected to receive the Keeping the Promise Award will receive a letter and certificate acknowledging their contribution to Providence and the community.

Completion of nomination forms

All information to support nominations should be expressed on the nomination form – no supplementary documents to be attached other than letters of recommendation.  Please find nomination form below.

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Mission/Values Ethical Framework

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