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Wilma Crockett Award

The Wilma Crockett Memorial Award is an opportunity for the BC kidney care community to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to patient care in this province.

2023 award recipient: Heather Johnson

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 This year, the Wilma Crockett Memorial Award is awarded posthumously to Heather Johnson who passed away this spring.

 Heather was Director of Programs with The Kidney Foundation of Canada - BC & Yukon Branch for 15+ years and made many remarkable and lasting contributions to improving the lives of people living with kidney disease. 

 As part of her legacy with the BC Renal network, she energetically shared her knowledge and expertise  with a number of provincial committees, working groups and initiatives. These include the Kidney Care, Glomerulonephritis (GN), Home Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Palliative Care, BC Kidney Days Planning and Patient and Family Engagement committees, as well as the Social Workers Professional Practice Council, Kidney Health Month, and more.

 Dr. Adeera Levin, Executive Director, BC Renal says, "When I think of Heather, I think of her continual, helpful, solution-oriented presence in so many different meetings and events, and how that was a terrific incentive for all of us."

 Heather truly embodied the criteria of the Wilma Crockett Memorial Award in every way and deserves this recognition for her countless, positive contributions to our kidney community.

 Honouring Heather's legacy

Join us in honouring the life and work of Heather Johnson by attending the Wilma Crockett Memorial Award reception on Thursday, November 9 at 5:15 pm. To attend, please register via the BC Kidney Days registration system. 


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 both ends 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.



The Wilma Crockett Memorial Award is an opportunity for the BC kidney 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 kidney care.


The Wilma Crockett Memorial Award is open to all BC kidney care professionals, from all disciplines, active and retired, passed or present. 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 staff. 

Award Criteria

The Wilma Crockett Memorial 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 kidney 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 kidney 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.

    Presentation of Award

    The award is presented at the BC Kidney Days conference, which takes place yearly in the fall.

Nomination Process
Nomination Process

  • Nominations are now closed for BCKD23.
  • Any BC kidney care professional or BC Renal patient partner 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.  
  • After the deadline, the successful nominator will be contacted only. If you do not hear from the BCKD planning team, your candidate was not selected. 
  • Lastly, the nominee will be contacted and invited to attend BC Kidney Days as a guest and will be allowed to bring two additional guests to the award reception, November 9 at 5:30pm. 

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