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