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Herbert Registered Nurse Wins Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement


Esther Sigurdson Awarded Prestigious Award from the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation


The Cypress Health Region wishes to congratulate and recognize Esther Sigurdson, Registered Nurse at the Herbert and District Integrated Health Facility, on winning a Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement issued by the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation in 2012. The award was formally presented at the 2012 Scotiabank Humanitarian Awards for Lifetime Achievement held at the Sky Centre in Swift Current. Sigurdson joined former National Hockey League and Swift Current Bronco star Sheldon Kennedy as this year’s inductees.


Esther has been involved in the healthcare fi eld for 35 years since her graduation from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1977. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work throughout the province. Since 2004 she has also put her nursing experience to use across the globe.


Early on in her career, Esther worked as a Director of Care at the Herbert Nursing Home. She became quickly engaged in the development of the Special Care Aide program offered at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST). Many of the core principles developed by this development team are still a key component of the training for Special Care Aides. Esther worked as a Public Health Nurse in Hodgeville, Morse, Herbert, Ponteix, Gull Lake, Cabri, and surrounding areas. She has also utilized her skills as a Registered Nurse with Wheatland Home Care in Herbert and at the Herbert and District Integrated Health Facility since 2002. Additionally, Esther spent 3 years with McMaster University doing research on infl uenza vaccine with specifi c involvement of hutterite colonies in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba.


The highlight of Esther’s career has been her ability to travel.


three separate occasions.


She has travelled to Malawi, Africa on During these trips to


Africa she assisted at the Lifeline Malawi clinic in the village of Ngodzi and worked to pilot rural outreach clinics. With Esther’s help the clinic evolved and she was able to be a part of a presentation of 6 bicycle ambulances to the Ngodzi village, as well as the grand opening of a ‘Hospital’ in a nearby village. The grass/mud hut ‘Hospital’ was a huge milestone for the area.


In 2010 Esther planned to travel to Malawi for a fourth work mission when the Cholera outbreak occurred in Haiti. Not willing to stand around without taking action, Esther travelled to Haiti in January 2011, working 12 night shifts during her 14 day visit. Esther was able to work with nursing and physician colleagues from around the world to assist the Haitian community in its largest time of need.


“From all I have seen of Esther she is consistently hard working and generous with her time and energy both in her profession and in the community. I have learned of her philanthropic endeavours across the ocean and have been impressed with her spirit of giving and servanthood. The fact that Esther is not comfortable with us discussing her activities tells the true story about her motives. I congratulate her upon receiving this award,”


Rowland Schmidt Health Services Manager Herbert and District Integrated Health Facility


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“Esther is dedicated, involved, compassionate, cheerful, and hard-working. She makes a point of getting to know people and they come to think of her as their friend as well as their nurse. As the scheduler for our facility I am grateful that when I am desperate for an RN, she will always come in to fi ll the shift if she is anywhere in the vicinity. Not only does she come in and work, she doesn’t complain about it,”


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Esther Sigurdson (second from the right) is a Registered Nurse at of the Herbert and District Integrated Health Facility and is pictured here with her Humanitarian of the Year award.


Outside of her career as a Registered Nurse, Esther has been devoted to her home community in Herbert. She was a member of the Lioness/Lions Club for many years and serviced as President for 4 terms and Treasurer for 3 terms. She has taught Sunday School at her local church since 1979 and sat on various church committees.


She has held


the position of President of her church’s Women’s Group since 2001 and is currently the Treasurer of the Herbert and District Health Care Auxiliary in Herbert. In her spare time she is a member of the Herbert Emergency Response Team and is currently sitting on the Celebration Committee for the town’s 100th anniversary from August 3-5, 2012. In her home life Esther enjoys reading, gardening, sewing, knitting, and notes that her husband and two sons are her pride and joy.


“I have had the pleasure of working with Esther for 27 years. She has a great sense of humour and is always pleasant and fun to work with. Esther is a team player and is always willing to go the extra mile. On a more personal note, she has always tried to make


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my life easier, whether it be picking up my fl u vaccine from Swift Current or helping me administrate it! Esther truly exemplifi es the defi nition of “patient fi rst”. She is both an asset to our facility, as well as to our community, and I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of the Humanitarian Award she has received,”


Dr. Suresh Kassett Family Physician Herbert


Congratulations Esther, and thank you for your outstanding contributions to improving the health and wellbeing of others across the world.


Parent Mentoring Program Aims to Connects Parents with Mentors Strengthening Families Through Support, Encouragement, and Information


The Parent Mentoring Program of Saskatchewan (PMPS) has an objective of strengthening families by providing support, encouragement, and information. PMPS is a home-visiting based, outreach program that provides assistance and support to parents who are pregnant or parenting newborn to 5 year olds. Parents are matched with a volunteer mentor who help enhance the parent’s ability to effectively care for her/ his children and self. With the support of mentors, participating parents have received many benefi ts including learning effective parenting skills, learning life skills, going back to or completing school, being able to discontinue receiving fi nancial assistance and going back to work, improving their housing situation, accessing children immunizations, joining parenting support groups, and fulfi lling self-identifi ed goals.


Anne Ford is the PMPS Coordinator for the Cypress Health Region and she strongly acknowledges the efforts of the programs mentors that are involved.


“Our mentors are the heart of our program and without them, there would be no program to assist others in enhancing their parenting skills. The mentors provide the enthusiasm and experiences to the parents they


are working with, and one can tell it is genuine and right from their hearts,” said Ford.


She continued that the region is currently seeking additional parent mentors to be involved in the program.


“We currently have a very strong base of parent mentors that are active participants in the program and we want to expand upon this group so that the program can share its benefi ts with even more parents and families,” said Ford. “Being a parent mentor is highly fulfi lling and it provides participants with an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with parents looking for support.”


Many successes have been seen throughout Cypress Health’s communities as mentors and parents have formed solid relationships. These successes include the building of long-term friendships and the evolution of mothers who have been mentored becoming mentors themselves.


“When we see participating mothers become mentors over time, it is a clear indication to us that the


program is working,” added Ford. “The mothers have been fortunate to be on the receiving end of learning effective parenting skills, and now some of them feel that it’s their turn to help others in their time of need.”


Additional information on Cypress Health’s Parent Mentoring Program can be obtained by calling Anne Ford, Program Coordinator,


at (306) 778-5259.


More information can also be found at http://www. cypresshealth.ca/parentmentorprog.htm and www.pmps.ca.


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