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Wilma Crockett Award

The Wilma Crockett Memorial Award is an opportunity for the BC renal and kidney transplant community to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to patient care in this province.
The 2020 Wilma Crockett Award Recipient is Karen Shalansky, Pharma.D!

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is a Pharmacotherapeutic Specialist in Nephrology at Vancouver General Hospital since 1996. In her clinical practice, she works in the Hemodialysis Unit, providing direct patient care, developing dialysis-related policies, and acting as a peer resource. Karen obtained her B.Sc.(Pharm.) at the University of Toronto, completed her Hospital Residency at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, and graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1990. She has won 10 Provincial and National awards for her nephrology-related research and has contributed to the scientific literature with over 50 peer-reviewed publications, as well as presented at numerous local and national conferences.  Academically, Karen is a Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC, lectures in undergraduate nephrology courses, and precepts Pharmacy Residents and students in their internships. Professionally, Karen has been the Programs Chair and Secretary for the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) BC Branch. She was conferred the distinction of Fellow of CSHP in 1996, and was recently honoured with their Distinguished Service Award. Karen was Co-Chair of the Renal Pharmacists Network from 2009-10. She is currently a member of the Provincial Renal Agency (PRA) Formulary Committee, and has contributed to the implementation and revision of several PRA Guidelines. 

Wilma Crockett

The Life and Contributions of Wilma Crockett

A dedicated dialysis nurse who made a huge impact on her professional community, both locally and provincially, Wilma Crockett worked in Trail, BC until her tragic death in 2001. A kidney patient herself, she knew hemodialysis from the other end of the needle. She was a woman with great courage, disarming wit and a positive outlook. She set very high personal standards and was a tenacious advocate for her profession and for those in her care. Wilma was an inspiration to all who knew her. She represents the perfect namesake for this award.

Terms of Reference

1. Purpose

The Wilma Crockett Memorial Award is an opportunity for the BC Renal and kidney transplant community to celebrate its heritage and accomplishments, and to recognize the many leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to our endless quest for excellence in renal care. 

2. Award Date

The award is presented yearly at BC Kidney Days, the annual clinical meeting of BC kidney care professionals. In 2019, BC Kidney Days hosted 500 delegates from the health care professionals and administrators from across the entire kidney care spectrum.

3. Eligibility

The Wilma Crockett Memorial Award is open to all BC renal care and transplant professionals, from all disciplines, active and retired. Members of all renal disciplines are encouraged to nominate colleagues whom they feel meet the award criteria. This includes not only those who work directly with patients, but also program and technical support staff. 

4. Award Criteria

The Wilma Crockett Award recipient will be:

  • A leader among peers, able to engage and inspire other renal professionals to reach high while pursuing real and tangible goals in the betterment of renal care delivery.
  • Innovative in the pursuit of creative solutions to the vexing problems that stand as barriers to improved care and quality of life for people with chronic kidney disease. Respectful of the expertise and value of all renal professionals and the importance of team building in achieving excellence in renal care.
  • A role model in the pursuit of excellence, setting high personal standards and, through collegial support and encouragement, inspiring others to do the same.
  • Curious and questioning in the quest for new knowledge that may lead to improved quality of care and a better life for people with chronic kidney disease.
  • Contributes both on a local and provincial level.

5. Nomination Process

  • Any BC renal care professional or kidney transplant professional may submit a nomination for this award.
  • To nominate an individual, please complete the online submission form. Supplementary information about the candidate is welcome and can be submitted along with the nomination form.
  • The BCKD 2020 Organizing Committee appoints a multidisciplinary committee to review the nominations and recommend a recipient for approval by the Organizing Committee.

Kidney Covid Heroes

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Do you know a superstar patient partner or colleague who has been shining through these unprecedented times? Someone who has provided exceptional patient care or extra kindness to colleagues? Anything that has stood out to you as special! We want to hear from you, a few sentences about who they are, what they have been doing and why you would like them to be recognized! We will be pulling together a "kudos" montage to be showcased at our BC Kidney Days 2020 virtual event. Pictures are paramount in making this a success and will help us all feel more connected as a community, even if we are not meeting face to face.
Please fill out this quick and easy, three-question survey and attach a photo. Thank you!

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