2012 SAGE Awards


The 9th Annual SAGE program was hosted in partnership with St. Mary’s General Hospital in Waterloo, Ontario. The event was attended by 440 guests celebrating the achievements of 60 nominees from the regions of Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand Norfolk, Waterloo, Wellington Dufferin and Halton.

We are very grateful to Dr. Nicole Didyk who graciously acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest committee for bringing Oktoberfest festivities to SAGE!

An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of many community and corporate partners and we would like to thank all of the sponsoring organizations for their generous support.

2012 Award Winners


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From left: Ron Schlegel and Sadhana Prasad

Schlegel UW Research Institute for AgingA special Innovation Award was presented to the Schlegel UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).  The RIA is a centre of excellence for research, training and innovation in seniors health care and wellness.  The RIA employs a unique partnership model involving Schlegel Villages (owner and operator of 11 retirement and long term care facilities), the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College with the aim of bringing researchers and providers together so successful innovations and best-evidence are quickly translated into practice.
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From left: Dr. Michelle Gagnon and Dr. Richard Seeley
Dr. Richard Seeley, Chief of Complex Continuing Care and Aging St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, HamiltonA practicing family physician since 1975, Dr. Seeley is the Chief of Complex Continuing Care and Aging at St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences.  An exemplary role model of person-centred care, he is dedicated to a holistic patient, family and interdisciplinary team driven approach.  Dr. Seeley is recognized for the spirit of innovation, collaboration, education and evidence-based practice he brings to his administrative and clinical roles, He continues to be leader in translating expertise in geriatric and palliative care to acute care hospital settings and was a leading advocate for Hamilton Health Sciences’ adoption of “Enhancing Lives and Optimizing Care for Seniors” as a corporate initiative.

From left: Dr. Nicole Didyk (l), Susan Oates,
Anne Pizzacalla

Susan Oates, Clinical Nurse Specialist
, St. Mary’s General Hospital, KitchenerSusan expertise is reflected in her impressive nursing career of more than 40 years that has spanned acute, community and specialty rehabilitation settings.  Susan is regarded as a champion of optimizing elder care though her transformational leadership in policy and program development, education and research.  She has been instrumental in implementing senior friendly best-practice processes of care, coordinating professional development activities and quality improvement strategies.  Susan is recognized as a committed and passionate advocate for older adults in her community.

Maureen Montemuro

Maureen Montemuro, Clinical Nurse Specialist
,St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences

Passionate about Gerontological practice, nursing and dementia care, Maureen is recognized as an outstanding clinician, leader, education, writer innovator and role model. While there are many who have contributed to geriatric practice, few have worked so diligently to build this capacity in others at the individual, community and provincial levels. She is a highly regarded mentor by both colleauges and many students who made the decision to specialize in geriatrics after working with her.  Maureen is also know for never faltering in her passion for person-centred care and the philosophy that bed-side care should be guided by the best research evidence.

From left: Anne Wunderlich and Myranda Hogan

Anne Wunderlich, Volunteer
Friendly Visiting Program, Acclaim Health, Oakville

Anne is the volunteer who goes above and beyond, essentially being “on call” for her clients.  Part of Acclaim Health’s Friendly Visiting Program, over the past year Anne has made nearly 100 visits and given 300 hours of her time to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate support to older adults and those with physical or mental challenges to maintain their independence in the community. Anne provides care and support, validates clients’ self worth and helps to enhance clients’ own abilities to care for their own needs as much as possible. Many clients consider her not only a wonderful volunteer, but also a dear friend.

From left: Ashling Maher, Ella Henderson
Ella Henderson, Coordinator, Project Wisdom
Immigrant Services of Guelph Wellington

Ella assumed the role of Project Coordinator for Project Wisdom in 2010.  This work represented her first foray into the field of elder care.  Ella took the lead in developing materials and strategies to enhance the capacity of service providers to respond to the needs of ethnocolutural communities.  She mobilized older adults who have been challenged by language and cultural barriers, fostered new community partnerships and enhanced the understanding and capacity of service providers to respond to the needs of diverse older adults.

The Westmount Long Term Care Residence, Kitchener

In August of 2011 The Westmount Long Term Care team came together to make a video depicting what the team believes life in long term care should be; that people come to long term care to live, to have fun, to dream and still have an impact the community.  The Westmount Flashmob video is the result of true team collaboration and is a celebration of life in long term care.  Staff choreographed a dance that was accessible and adaptable to all residents, families, staff members, community partners and neighbours.  The video has travelled the globe via You Tube with close to 9,000 hits to date.


From left: Liliana Canadic and Louise Murray

Saint Elizabeth Health Care
Central West Service Delivery Centre, Mississauga

Saint Elizabeth is a home health care provider with a rich history of more than 100 year, offering comprehensive array of programs and services for older and adults and caregivers to support individuals’ self care and help them maintain independence. Some examples include: a falls education and exercise program; health and home care services to assist with activities of daily living, personal care and nursing; a driver assessment and training program providing medical and road assessments for clients with disabilities or special needs; mental health and community crisis intervention programs; a chronic disease self management program; and much more.The organization also offers innovative education and information services such as a phone line and online chat service to provide access to clinical experts, and a social media site which engages individuals, families, professionals and researchers in dialogue about the health care system and available resources.

Click Here for the complete list of 2012 SAGE Nominees

About the Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence…

The Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence (SAGE) is a joint initiative of the Regional Geriatric Program central (RGPc) and St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences.

The program was introduced in 2003 to formally recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations who demonstrate excellence in positively influencing the quality of life of seniors and to highlight geriatrics as a critical area of health care. These unsung heroes work tirelessly so that seniors can live with independence and dignity in their own homes or communities. They also provide the highest quality of care for older adults in hospital and long term care.

This unique program is the only one of its kind in Ontario to celebrate the professional excellence of individuals and organizations that provide health care and community services for seniors and their families.

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