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Celebrating Excellence: Niagara Health recognized as Brock University’s Non-profit Co-op Employer of the Year

Posted Mar 20th, 2024

Brock University students work at Niagara Health's St. Catharines hospital

Brock University students do hands-on learning at Niagara Health. Niagara Health was recognized by the university as a Co-op Employer of the Year in the non-profit category.

Niagara Health is extremely proud to achieve a new milestone as it is named Brock University’s 2023 Co-op Employer of the Year Award, in the non-profit category. This award recognizes the hospital network’s commitment to fostering extraordinary learning opportunities for Brock University’s co-op students.

Being recognized as a top employer is a successful outcome of Niagara Health realigning its strategy to meet a shared vision of transforming care to meet the healthcare needs of Niagara’s growing and aging population.

“We are honoured to be recognized as a top co-op employer by Brock University. Our teams work closely with co-op students to provide them with valuable education and training opportunities in healthcare. This award is a testament to our proactive approach in navigating recruitment and retention challenges while addressing immediate hiring needs,” says Lynn Guerriero, President and CEO of Niagara Health, “In the face of escalating healthcare recruitment pressures, Niagara Health remains committed to cultivating talent and investing into the workforce of the future.”

Launched in 2020, the "Brock Co-op Employer of the Year Award" is an annual accolade that acknowledges organizations in three categories: Large, Small and Medium Enterprises and Non-profit. Recipients are recognized for their remarkable contributions to Brock's co-op education program.

“Our co-op programs provide students with robust educational programs and hands-on training in a supportive and innovative work environment,” says Fiona Peacefull, Executive Vice-President of Human Resources at Niagara Health, “Through these partnerships, we are able to build strong relationships with academic partners and provide students with practical experiences that play a vital role in shaping the future of healthcare.”

Over the last 10 years, Niagara Health has facilitated more than 50 co-op work terms, including five hires in 2023, along with diverse co-op programs across faculties such as Applied Health Science, Business, and Math and Science.

In addition to being named the top co-op employer of the year, Niagara Health is also thrilled to announce that a member of their team, Laurel Broski, has been awarded the Outstanding Brock Co-op Supervisor for the Summer 2023 Work Term Award. This acknowledges the Change Management Specialist’s dedication to putting People First and commitment to exemplary leadership.

“Mentoring a student allows me to expand my professional growth by providing purposeful leadership, co-active coaching and developmental opportunities to expand the student's learning goals for the duration of their co-op term,” says Broski.

Niagara Health remains committed to ensuring that students receive the knowledge required to advance patient care and create a sustainable future. As Niagara’s population continues to grow, it is essential to train the next generation of professionals to continue the delivery of extraordinary care and sustain our healthcare system.

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