2010 Recipient - Barbara Haggarty-Hebert
Registered Nurse, Student Health Services
Video of presentation of The Western Award of Excellence to Barbara Haggarty-Hebert
Whether she knows it or not, Barbara Haggarty-Hebert is a role model. When it comes to her position as a registered nurse with Student Health Services, her happy and fun-loving persona, mixed with compassion and dedication to her job, inevitably gets passed on to whomever she is dealing with.
The easygoing nature, infectious smile, and compassion for the students at Western comes natural. Seen as a “truly wonderful person,” for Haggarty-Hebert it is all about the students.
“Barb is a fierce advocate for the best care possible for students,” says Shelagh Bantock, Clinical Director of Student Health Services, noting Haggarty-Hebert’s assurance that students’ needs for privacy, trust and discretion are first and foremost.
“Barb is a person that everyone wants to be near as she shares her humour and life. Health Services, and all who travel through our doors, are blessed to be near the light that is Barb Haggarty-Hebert.”
Often found quietly encouraging young patients to make good choices and embrace their individuality, Haggarty-Hebert counsels those who may be fearful, confused or undecided in their life path. By fostering integrity and respect by never being judgmental, she is able to share of herself and care for those who ask for her help.
“Barb has chosen to work at Student Health because she feels it is a place where her work can make a difference,” says Dr. Jennifer Andrade of Student Health Services. “From my perspective and from comments made to me by students, I know her presence does mean a lot to many of the students who pass through our doors.”
“Barb represents every quality that a good nurse could have and more,” adds registered nurse Julie Bogart. “Her true care of the students at Western is sincere and heartfelt. Her warm approach allows students a secure feeling that they can share their personal crisis with her, without being judged. As only Barb can, she continues to give her heartfelt care to our students with a commitment to service above and beyond.”
by Paul Mayne
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