Pacific Northwest Spirit Awards


Excellence in Team-Based Care

This award recognizes the effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals working collaboratively along with patients, family caregivers, and community service providers on shared goals within and across settings to achieve care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.

Innovations in Global Health

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions made to a global health community.  Awarded to an Innovator that has demonstrated leadership in global health capacity-building initiatives in Canada or abroad.  This individual has been an advocate and champion of family medicine, primary care, and/or health equity.  

Innovations in Digital Healthcare & Technology

This award is presented annually to recognize a family physician champion whose outstanding contributions have helped advance Digital Health, Virtual Health, or Medical Technology in clinical practice, resulting in improved provider and patient experiences and outcomes.

Lifetime Achievement

This annual award honors a passionate and dedicated physician, who during their career, has made substantial contributions and significantly impacted the promotion of rural health and wellness in the Pacific Northwest.   

Physician Leadership

Presented annually to a physician who has made an outstanding contribution and commitment to enhancing the role of physicians in the management of health care delivery organizations, provides leadership in a hospital or health region management role, and/or has provided a significant contribution to leadership development in a related organization, hospital or program of local, provincial or national in scope.

Rural Family Practice

This annual award recognizes and celebrates an outstanding rural GP working to the full scope of practice to make a difference in their Pacific Northwest community. 

Excellence in Primary Care - Family Physicians

Awarded annually to an outstanding Family Physician who best exemplifies what being a family doctor is all about, and who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to family medicine and primary care in their practice and/or community. 

Excellence in Primary Care - Nurse Practitioners

Awarded to an outstanding Nurse Practitioner to celebrate the dedication, knowledge, initiative, and excellence in providing Primary Care in the Pacific Northwest.

Excellence in Primary Care - Allied Health Providers

Awarded to Allied Health Providers to acknowledge and celebrate their significant role, which includes a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and support services in connection with a collaborative Primary Health Care team. Allied Health Providers include but are not limited to the following professions: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Kinesiologists, Dietitians, Mental Health Clinicians, Social Workers, Psychologists, Dental Hygienists, Pharmacists, Clinical Exercise Physiologists, Midwives, etc.

Innovations in Primary Care

This annual award is designed to recognize an individual or group that has worked on local innovations in practice or healthcare delivery to improve the quality of patient, family, and community care and experiences in the PNW.

Physician Wellness

This award is in recognition of an individual or group that brings an increasing awareness to the importance of physician wellness, making physician health a priority and initiating new approaches to improve the well-being of physicians in their communities.

Excellence in Partnership

This award recognizes the work undertaken in partnership with stakeholders that demonstrate how co-operation has improved mutual understanding and trust, and has delivered improvements in standards of healthcare.  This partner has demonstrated joint development and implementation of patient-centred projects together with a shared commitment to the successful delivery. 

Excellence in Research

This award honors the champions in health research.  It recognizes an individual or group who has made outstanding efforts in health research at the local, provincial, and/or national level.  It represents the dedication to discovery, using rational, scientifically based research to improve the wellbeing of patients across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  

Excellence in Specialty

This award honors the superior performance of specialist physicians and surgeons, and other medical professionals across the Pacific Northwest.  It recognizes an individual that has contributed to the specialty medical field and to the health care of citizens across the Pacific Northwest, providing outstanding care to their patients and the community in which they practice.   

Community Advocacy & Integrity

This award recognizes the contributions of an individual or group with strong moral principles working to improve the health of the communities in which they serve.  It honors those that work or represent organizations across the northwest that transform, educate, empower, and support individuals in the community through advocacy, and awareness.