Recognizing the value of education

Recognizing the value of education - meet our Teamwork Core Value Award RecipientsDustin Kenney, John Rodnick and Lea Charlebois


The Waypoint Core Value Awards are presented each year at the Celebration of Excellence. Nominees are recognized by their peers, other service providers and patients for going above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrating exceptional values-based behaviours.

This initiative is just one of a variety of components of Waypoint’s staff recognition program and an important endeavour for a happy and productive workforce and for improving patient care. 

This year, a team consisting of Lea Charlebois, Dustin Kenney and John Rodnick were the recipients of the Teamwork award. New this year, the teamwork award recognizes how a team respectfully works together to incorporate Waypoint’s values, mission and vision in advancing its work. 

Jessie Patterson nominated education specialists Lea and Dustin, along with supervisor John for their diligent work to coordinate and facilitate a ground breaking study with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

The powerful life changing impact education has on patients is universally understood, but unfortunately, under-researched. The ambitious cutting edge research project, the first of its kind, aimed to link adult supported education programs to improve the quality of life for patients. The research included why patients became involved in education programs, what they liked/disliked, what they would change, and barriers to achieving their educational goals. The driving purpose behind the project is to ensure our programs are rooted in evidence-based practice to assist in maximizing the beneficial impact on the patients we serve.

The education team engaged participants across all three Waypoint sites and conducted over 40 interviews to assist in compiling a comprehensive data collection that will set the bar for future research.

This team of hard-working employees consistently think outside the box to hunt for opportunities that benefit our patients. According to Jessie, “they use their energy to not only make their department better, but the hospital as a whole and went above their regular duties to make sure the project was a success.”

And the gains continue...After the interviews were conducted, many past students who’d lost their way with education once again became interested in pursuing those goals.