Health P.E.I. wins award for French Lan­guage Ser­vices

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/COMMUNITY -

The P.E.I. French Health Net­work (PEIFHN) is pleased that Health P.E.I. is the re­cent re­cip­i­ent of the Ex­cel­lence in French Lan­guage Ser­vices/Of­fi­cial Lan­guages Award, pre­sented by the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Re­gional Group of the In­sti­tute of Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Canada.

“We were very happy to learn that Health P.E.I. had been rec­og­nized with this award for re­cent ac­com­plish­ments in of­fer­ing French-lan­guage health ser­vices. The PEIFHN has had a chance to col­lab­o­rate with Health P.E.I. on nu­mer­ous projects over the past few years, and we can at­test to the fact that they are de­serv­ing of this award,” said Jo­hanne Ir­win, co-chair­woman, PEIFHN.

Ev­ery year, the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Re­gional Group of the In­sti­tute of Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Canada an­nounces the re­cip­i­ents of var­i­ous ex­cel­lence awards dur­ing Public Ser­vice Week in June. These awards are pre­sented to public ser­vice em­ploy­ees or or­ga­ni­za­tions based on the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: qual­ity of lead­er­ship, in­no­va­tion, pro­mo­tion of team­work, com­mu­nity/client fo­cus, and com­mit­ment to learn­ing.

To re­ceive this award, the in­di­vid­ual or or­ga­ni­za­tion must have demon­strated lead­er­ship and made con­tin­u­ous ef­forts in the area of re­spect, pro­mo­tion and progress when it comes to pro­vid­ing qual­ity ser­vices in French, in the con­text of Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s of­fi­cial lan­guages ob­jec­tives. The PEIFHN has col­lab­o­rated with Health P.E.I. on nu­mer­ous projects, in­clud­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a bilin­gual neigh­bor­hood at Sum­mer­set Manor in Summerside, which gar­nered at­ten­tion across the coun­try. It of­ten hears pos­i­tive com­ments from other pro­vin­cial net­works re­gard­ing Health P.E.I.’s open­ness and com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing ser­vices of­fered to the mi­nor­ity pop­u­la­tion. The PEIFHN has col­lab­o­rated with Health P.E.I. on ini­tia­tives to im­prove the fol­low­ing: ac­cess to French-lan­guage health ser­vices in long-term care cen­tres, data col­lec­tion, the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of bilin­gual em­ploy­ees, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Tele­health 8-1-1 (bilin­gual tele­phone ser­vice), as well as the adop­tion of a pol­icy on the pro­vi­sion of in­ter­pre­ta­tion ser­vices.

“Many of these ini­tia­tives are re­garded as in­no­va­tive, be­cause they of­ten have an im­pact on the or­ga­ni­za­tion and de­liv­ery of ser­vices. We look for­ward to pur­su­ing our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Health PEI in or­der to im­prove ser­vices for all Is­lan­ders,” con­cluded Ir­win.


Élise Arse­nault, French ser­vices an­a­lyst, Health Richard Wedge, CEO of Health P.E.I.


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