Submitted. Fraser Health’s Cherry Harriman has been selected to receive the Canadian Healthcare Association’s 2013 Marion Stephenson Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the community care sector, which includes home-based care, facility-based long term care and community support programs.
“It is an honour to receive the 2013 Marion Stephenson Award. Over the course of my career, I’ve had the great fortune of working in a profession that I love and a sector that I’m passionate about. Health care in general and community care in particular allow me to practice my personal philosophy – to value every individual as a unique human being who should always be treated with dignity and respect. Thank you Fraser Health for allowing me the freedom and avenue to grow and lead within an organization committed to person-centred care.” – Cherry Harriman, Director, Clinical Programs, Residential Care and Assisted Living, Fraser Health
Cherry has been in nursing for over 45 years, 32 of which she has dedicated to serving one of our country’s most vulnerable populations: seniors living in residential or long-term care. Cherry started as a floor nurse in her early career and has worked in a variety of nursing leadership positions in Residential Care and most recently was the Acting Executive Director, Residential Care, Assisted Living & Acquired Brain Injury Program in Fraser Health.
“We are pleased that Cherry has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to community care. Cherry is an integral member of Fraser Health’s Residential Care and Assisted Living team who, every day, exemplifies and showcases her passion, caring, and commitment to community care. Her contributions to Fraser Health, through research, policy development, program and service delivery and administration have helped Fraser Health become a leader nationally in Residential Care.” – Lois Dixon, Vice President, Clinical Operations, Fraser Health Authority
Cherry has demonstrated her dedication to health care through her pioneering work in creating the Caring Journey education program. This program is founded in the principles of person-centred care and promotes a humanistic philosophy that recognizes that patients and residents are, above all else, individuals. This work has established the Caring Journey as a foundational education program for all direct care workers and leadership in the Fraser Health Residential Care and Assisted Living program.
As a Marion Stephenson award recipient, Cherry joins a distinguished list of outstanding individuals from all over the country who have dedicated their life’s work to improving the quality of care in the community care sector.