Three Schulich Medicine & Dentistry staff members honoured as Western Award of Excellence recipients

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Congratulations Peggy Vandervoort, Susan Smyth and Mary Peterson on receiving the Western Award of Excellence.

The internal award is designed to recognize the tremendous work staff performs in support of providing an outstanding Western Experience. More than 50 nominations were received for this year's awards.

Peggy Vandervoort

Peggy Vandervoort has been one of the pillars upon which Robarts Clinical Trials Inc. has been built. As director of clinical operations, she continues to be selfless in her dedication to colleagues and staff and a key driver in the many initiatives undertaken within the group over the last 15 years. The depth of one's emotional intelligence is based on qualities such as self-awareness, motivation, empathy and an advanced level of adaptive social skills. Vandervoort exemplifies all of these qualities as a leader, a role model and exemplar of success.

Susan Smyth

Susan Smyth works tirelessly and demonstrates consistently a genuine desire to help residents and fellows in postgraduate training at Western. She has been the registration coordinator in the Postgraduate Medical Education Office for the past six years. Her high level of professionalism compliments her warm and caring personality, and it is quite normal for Smyth to go above and beyond expectations. Her warm personality and great sense of humour make the office a fun place to be.

Mary Peterson

Mary Peterson has played a major role in Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network's (SWOMEN) ability to produce quality rural research year after year. She enthusiastically informs medical students about rural programs, and ensures each opportunity and each student's interest is met. She has facilitated rural research scholarships for SWOMEN for more than a decade, allowing students to gain valuable experience and to participate in meaningful research projects. Her colleagues agree "there's something about Mary" that has made SWOMEN a great success.

This year's seven top staff members will be honoured at a ceremony Monday, Oct. 28, in the Great Hall.

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