JGH nurses sweep four of five categories in regional awards

Serge Cloutier (left), Director of Nursing for CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, with the winners of the Montreal/Laval regional nursing prizes. Front row (from left): Évelyne Lestage, Nevart Hotakorzian and Areti Anastassopoulos. Rear: André Poitras, Associate Director of Nursing.
Serge Cloutier (left), Director of Nursing for CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, with the winners of the Montreal/Laval regional nursing prizes. Front row (from left): Évelyne Lestage, Nevart Hotakorzian and Areti Anastassopoulos. Rear: André Poitras, Associate Director of Nursing.

Nurses from CIUSSS West-Central Montreal have swept four of the five 2023 prizes awarded by the Regional Order of Nurses of Montreal and Laval—a reflection of the talent and contributions of the network’s Nursing team.

Prizes from the Ordre régional des infirmières et infirmiers de Montréal/Laval (ORIIML) were awarded to André Poitras, Associate Director of Nursing, along with Nurse Consultants Areti Anastassopoulos, Évelyne Lestage and Nevart Hotakorzian. The four were honoured at a ceremony Feb. 20 hosted by the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec.

“What pride and admiration to see that four nurses from our organization are award winners!” said Serge Cloutier, Director of Nursing.

“These prizes recognize your hard work, dedication and excellence in Nursing. They’re a testament to your positive impact on the healthcare system and on the lives of so many people.”

Serge Cloutier

Lucie Tremblay, Associate CEO of our CIUSSS, expressed pride on behalf of herself and President and CEO Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg.

“Congratulations on these remarkable achievements, which testify to your unwavering commitment to the well-being of our patients and our community,” said Ms. Tremblay, former Director of Nursing.

“Continue to inspire and motivate us all. Together, we continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.” (See the sidebar for Ms. Tremblay’s full comments.)

Read about the prize winners:

Nevart Hotakorzian – Alice Girard Prize

Recognizing a nurse whose professional achievements are exceptional, and who has contributed significantly to the development of the practice of nursing and the status of the profession.

Ms. Hotakorzian, a Nurse Consultant in Enterostomal Therapy, is a specialist in the care of patients with ostomies—surgical procedures that create an opening in the abdominal wall—as well as complex wound management and related medical procedures. She develops individualized care plans, while taking into account the lifestyles and preferences of each patient.

“She is an exceptional communicator and has superb interpersonal relationships, while offering patients emotional support and responding to their concerns and anxieties,” her nominators say. “She works wonderfully within a healthcare team by collaborating with doctors, surgeons, nurses and other specialists, ensuring complete care.”

“We are lucky to have Nevart on our team.”

Évelyne Lestage – Emerging Talent Prize

Recognizing a nurse new to the profession whose involvement and professional commitment demonstrate leadership among their peers.

Ms. Lestage, who joined the CIUSSS in 2021, is a dedicated and passionate nurse who has demonstrated leadership, generosity to colleagues and a humanistic approach to patients. A Nurse Consultant and member of the CIUSSS Nursing Youth Committee, she’s active among her peers—organizing events, motivating colleagues and sharing ideas to support the next generation of nurses, her nominators say.

“She’s one of those nurses who make a difference,” her nominators write. “Her youth and her first years in practice haven’t held her back, on the contrary. Her entire entourage benefits, because she makes her workplace dynamic through her human-relation qualities. Her professional skills and human attentiveness make her an outstanding employee and colleague.”

Areti Anastassopoulos – Excellence in Practice Prize

Recognizing a nurse who promotes the transfer of best practices to clients and who integrates evidence on a daily basis.

Ms.Anastassopoulos, a Palliative Care Nurse Consultant, intervenes with patients experiencing life-limiting illness. She takes every opportunity to raise nurses’ awareness about caring for these patients and attending to their physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs, her nominators say. She mentors, teaches and fosters teamwork while proposing creative solutions to comfort those around her.

“Areti has been working in Palliative Care for the last 25 years,” her nominators say. “Anyone—whether it’s the thousands of patients and families she has cared for throughout the years, her interdisciplinary colleagues, her students, her preceptees, her managers or her peers—would agree that Areti has a magic touch.”

André Poitras – Jeanne-Mance Prize

Recognizing a nurse or nurse manager whose skills and achievements contribute to the development of nursing and the improvement of healthcare for the public.

Mr. Poitras, our CIUSSS’s Associate Director of Nursing, has brought managerial expertise and unifying leadership to some of our network’s major initiatives. In a career spanning over 20 years, he has been Clinical Administrative Coordinator of the Emergency Department, Critical Care and Cardiovascular Division, as well as representative for the Nursing Directorate in the CIUSSS’s ground-breaking Command Centre. He has also developed nursing practice and advocated for patients and families.

“This prize recognizes a nursing manager who’s known by his peers for his mobilizing leadership, his vision and his contributions to major projects,” says Mr. Cloutier.

Members of Mr. Poitras’s nursing teams have gone on to thrive professionally and demonstrate leadership themselves—a testament to his support and encouragement. Through mentorship, a positive team spirit—and his own touch of humour—Mr. Poitras has succeeded in building convivial and pleasant work environments. “Mr. Poitras is known for the way he re-centres team efforts around a common goal—which is to say, safe and high-quality care that’s focused on users and their loved ones,” says Mr. Cloutier.

Prize recipients, holding bouquets, celebrate at the ORIIML award ceremony on February 20, surrounded by colleagues, managers and senior management.
Prize recipients, holding bouquets, celebrate at the ORIIML award ceremony on February 20, surrounded by colleagues, managers and senior management.

Comments from Associate CEO Lucie Tremblay

Dr. Rosenberg and I are proud to recognize and celebrate the many awards received by the nurses of our CIUSSS. These awards are a testament to their excellence, dedication and leadership in the profession. Their achievements perfectly illustrate how nursing competence and leadership are at the heart of our philosophy of care, embodying our commitment to Care Everywhere.

As role models for novice nurses, your commitment and expertise inspire others to excel and thrive in their practice. Your contribution is essential to creating an environment conducive to promotion, prevention and recovery, where every patient receives the highest quality care.

Your hard work and dedication give meaning to the teams you work with, reinforcing our commitment to excellence and innovation in healthcare. Congratulations on these remarkable achievements, which testify to your unwavering commitment to the well-being of our patients and our community.

Continue to inspire and motivate us all. Together, we continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.