Ontario Shores Receives Recognition for Wellness Programs

November 05, 2019
Excellence Canada

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is thrilled to receive the Canada Awards for Excellence – Platinum level recognition for Excellence Canada’s Mental Health at Work® Framework.

“All of us at Ontario Shores were thrilled to receive this honour,” says Karim Mamdani, President and CEO.  “Care is at the centre of everything we do and this recognition demonstrates our commitment to ensure staff have access to the tools, resources, programs and supports they need to support their own unique wellness goals.”

Excellence Canada oversees a national program that recognizes organizations from all industries who demonstrate organizational excellence using their best-in-class standards. 

Excellence Canada visited Ontario Shores a few months ago to conduct a comprehensive review of the organization’s progress since receiving gold level recognition in this category in 2017.  The Assessment team met with the Senior Management Team, managers, frontline staff and related departments to learn about how Ontario Shores strives to create and sustain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

They highlighted progress in a number of areas including the Integrated Wellness Program, Leadership Development Strategy, Safe Workplace Committee, robust learning opportunities, employee engagement initiatives, the Eat Well, Live Well program and new psychotherapy services for staff.

“Most notably, they saw the passion, commitment to our core values and the true sense of community that is experienced at Ontario Shores each and every day.  They were impressed with the way in which we care for our patients and each other,” says Mamdani. 

Participating in this national program provides Ontario Shores with a clear focus for advancing its mental health in the workplace efforts to ensure continued alignment with national best practices.

Ontario Shores was proud to receive this award at the 35th annual Canada Awards for Excellence, an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding achievements by organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors coast-to-coast across Canada.

For more information, please contact:
Andrea Marshall
Director, Communications, Volunteers and CEOD
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 6581
905-439-0224
marshalla@ontarioshores.ca