They honour a teacher of the year, and a volunteer of the year, and this year, The Rotary Club of Barrie Vocational Committee felt they needed to add a new category, in health care.
“We all know, what’s gone on in the world, especially in the last year and a half. We really felt like there’s got to be some recognition for the health care worker that just steps up, over and above their normal remuneration, and really delivers health care,” Rotarian Eric Harkonen told Barrie 360. “They are under a lot of pressure, they are working in the frontlines, many of them working extra hours, not being compensated for doing whatever they can, because they just love what they do. And they want to just deliver health care. And that, to me, in itself is very important for all of us.”
So, Harkonen and fellow Rotarian Alison Durtnall approached Club President Debbie DeCaire about it. He says they didn’t have to twist her arm too much, “It was actually quite remarkable. I was quite impressed with how quickly it went through the ranks.”
And the search began. Nominations came in from across Simcoe County from hospitals, the health unit and clinics. And the one that stood out, from Barrie Community Health Centre (BCHC), had Dr. Kerstin Mossman’s name on it. The following is a summary of her qualifications for being nominated.
Kerstin demonstrates excellence in health care daily throughout the years and has gone above and beyond during COVID. Her care for seniors is known throughout the community. During COVID she stepped up and organized testing within her organization. The BCHC was established as the ‘COVID testing centre in Barrie’. The majority of the swabs are in her name. She called results to people herself and she organized others to call. She actively pursued flu vaccination for seniors throughout the community. She collaborated with many stakeholders to advocate for organizations within our community. Her attention to detail and dedication to doing things right is amazing. She is always looking out for other people. When the Roberta Place outbreak started, she volunteered to help however she could often spend hours there a day including weekends.
Dr. Mossman was presented with her award at Thursday’s Rotary virtual lunch – a personal plaque, $1,000 to be used at BCHC to help improve the wellness and morale of health care providers and two gift certificates to Vetta Nordic Spa “to recharge, rejuvenate, and reconnect so they can continue to provide excellent health care service.” Eric, Alison and President Deb plan to make a more formal presentation when it is safe to do so.
DeCaire couldn’t be happier with how this inaugural award has played out.