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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

The world connects not by molecules. It connects through ideas, hopes, faces, dreams, actions, stories and memories.

Barrie Sanford Greiff

Service Through Christ Award 

The foundations of quality, compassionate care we expect of our health system were laid by risk-taking Catholic Sisters. They responded to the needs of their times, founding hospitals and health services across Alberta. Their legacy of compassionate care is a gift entrusted to us—and a call to action. Covenant Health is proud to own the Sisters’ legacy and challenge, collaborating with others to bring Christ's healing love to the most vulnerable in society.

In 2011, the contributions of the Sisters were commemorated with the Service Through Christ statue on the Alberta Legislature Grounds. To recognize those in our community today who reflect the same selfless acts of service and compassion, Covenant Health established the Service Through Christ Award. This award is given to a person or team, regardless of faith affiliation, who  works tirelessly to carry on the Sisters' legacy.

2016 Recipient

Sister Nuala Kenny

Sister Nuala Kenny, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax, received her MD from Dalhousie University in 1972 where she later founded the department of bioethics. Sister Nuala has boundless energy, a curious spirit and deep, deep faith. Her questions always lead to discussion about values that help to deepen ethical reflection. She has authored over one hundred papers and several books. Her research interests include pediatric ethics, professionalism, ethics in health policy and public health, end of life care and the clergy abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic church. In 1999 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to child health and medical education. She has received many more honours including the 2008 Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 Canadian Healthcare Association Distinguished Service Award and the 2008 Catholic Health Association of Canada’s Performance Citation Award. 


2015 Recipient  

Rev. Francis G. Morrisey, O.M.I  

Father Morrisey has spent much of his life teaching Canon Law at St. Paul University in Ottawa. He has shared his experience and wisdom as a consultant to the Vatican, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and numerous religious communities throughout the world. Father Morrisey is well-versed in the concerns of Catholic health care in Canada and has been a generous and wise resource whom Covenant Health has routinely consulted on matters of canon law and sponsorship.  

2014 Recipient  

Dean Rook  

Dean grew up in Madison, South Dakota. After serving in the United States Navy from 1962-1966, he completed a Bachelor of Science Education and later earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. Dean was active in high school sports administration in Alberta, receiving the ASAA’s Robert H. Routledge Award of Merit in 1983. In 1998, he became the first supervisor of student services for Holy Spirit Catholic Schools. He has since been involved with several community organizations, including St. Michael’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Housing Association. 

2013 Recipients  

Sister Jacqueline St-Yves, SGM  

Sr. Jacqueline has been a member of the Congregation of the Grey Nuns of Montreal since 1967. She lived in Manitoba for 32 years where she carried on the work of the Grey Nuns, and came to Quebec in 1996 when she was elected Secretary General of the Congregation, a position she held for 10 years. She was subsequently elected Congregational Leader and is at present serving a second mandate of five years in that position. She is especially devoted to the creation of a dialogue with laypeople.  

Margaret L. Mrazek, QC  

Marg has devoted her professional life to Catholic health care and continues to advocate for it in Alberta. During her experience in nursing administration at the Misericordia Community Hospital, she worked alongside some of the Misericordia Sisters before they left Alberta. Marg later became a lawyer and helped navigate the legal transfer of many Catholic hospitals to the Alberta Catholic Health Corporation. A former President of the PC party in Alberta, Marg established many positive relationships with individuals who, through Marg’s influence and advocacy, have supported Catholic health care.  

2012 Inaugural Recipients   

Fred Barth  

Fred has provided 40 years of continuous volunteer service to Catholic healthcare governance since joining the Misericordia Community Hospital Board in 1972. He has served countless hours on other boards and committees, and in the 1980s he helped fundraise $4.5 million for the Misericordia. Fred was also significantly involved in the transfer of Catholic ministries from the founding congregations to lay leadership. He helped establish both the Caritas Health Group in 1992 and Covenant Health in 2008.   

Ed Stelmach  

From Ed’s service as a hardworking MLA from Vegreville to his time as Premier of Alberta, his support and guidance for faith-based health care has had a profound effect. He was instrumental in helping craft the faith-based sector’s master agreement with government and he helped navigate various agreements and legislation as Catholic health care made the transition from the Sisters’ leadership to the current structure. Covenant Health is also proud to welcome Ed as a new member of the Board of Directors