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Call for Nominations for 2012 Excellence Awards
February 6, 2012
News Release

Cancer Care Nova Scotia calls for Nominations for Excellence Awards

Halifax, NS, February 6, 2012
— Cancer Care Nova Scotia is calling for nominations for its 2012 Excellence Awards.
The awards were created to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of those who work to enhance and improve cancer prevention and care for Nova Scotia patients and families.

"We have a talented, dedicated pool of health professionals and community volunteers who routinely go above and beyond to improve the cancer system for Nova Scotia patients and their families," said Nancy Williamson, Cancer Care Nova Scotia board member and chair of the 2012 Excellence Awards Committee.

"The Excellence Awards provides an opportunity to highlight their contributions and recognize the many people who are central to having a high quality cancer system."

"I encourage health-care providers, volunteers and all who either work within the system, or patients and families who have been impacted by cancer in any way, to consider nominating someone who they believe has made a difference."

Four awards will be presented in three categories: Leadership Excellence, Innovation Excellence and new this year, two Excellence in Patient Care awards, one to recognize health-professional contribution and the other to highlight the valuable role of volunteers. For the leadership and innovation awards, individual or group nominations will be considered, including, volunteers, activists, health professionals, health administrators and researchers. The Excellence in Patient Care Awards are specific to a health professional or teams who provide direct patient care and a volunteer or team who has positively impacted patient care.

Nomination information and details about qualifications for the awards are available at www.cancercare.ns.ca/awards or by calling 1-866-599-2267. The nomination deadline is April 27.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia's Excellence Awards were introduced in 2009 to mark the organization's 10th anniversary.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a provincial program of the Department of Health and Wellness, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. Through standards and guideline development, health professional education, and Cancer Patient Navigation, Cancer Care Nova Scotia supports health professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Its work with organizations raises awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and its screening programs educate Nova Scotians about available testing like Pap tests for cervical cancer and the FIT kit for colon cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and treat it better.

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Contact: Christine Smith
Cancer Care Nova Scotia
E-mail: christine.smith@ccns.nshealth.ca