In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re celebrating inspiring Canadians who are making a real difference in their communities.
In addition to rewarding them with the gift of travel, we’re recognizing these exceptional individuals by sharing their acts of devotion and kindness with the world, and we’re making a donation to the charity of their choice, through the Air Canada Foundation.
Jaime is a registered nurse who has travelled the world with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) as a member of their disease-response and humanitarian-aid teams. In her recent role as Medical Lead for MSF’s Canadian COVID-19 Response Team, Jaime has provided valuable guidance to medical organizations, government agencies and remote Indigenous communities, advising on solutions to prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19. With her experience in nursing and supply logistics, Jaime also ensures the highest standards of staff management and quality of patient care.
Jowett is an emergency humanitarian aid worker who was providing hurricane relief assistance in the Bahamas before returning home to British Columbia to help with COVID-19. As the Response Rapid Team Lead at GlobalMedic, Jowett has been supporting frontline healthcare workers by delivering hygiene kits to use at the end of their shifts, before returning home to their families. He is currently working on acquiring a GlobalMedic drone for B.C. and finding new ways to support his community.
As the senior nurse advisor for prevention and infection control at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chantal rose to the occasion, leading the newly formed interdisciplinary infection control team in order to protect patients and hospital staff against COVID-19. From managing an ever-changing crisis with unceasing commitment and integrity to ensuring the optimization of safety protocols, Chantal has been at the heart of the hospital’s pandemic response.
During the shutdown from COVID-19, Nunavut-based teacher Zuzanna stepped up to make sure local students and their families were able to maintain access to adequate food. Using leftover school provisions and assistance from the Breakfast Club of Canada, Zuzanna created food baskets and personally delivered them by sled each week to community members in need.
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