DRDH Team Celebrated at Awards Night


On March 24, 2023, the Deep River & District Hospital, the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home, and the North Renfrew Family Health Team (DRDH) hosted the Epic Swing Into Spring Soirée, an event which celebrated service milestone and peer recognition award recipients along with other achievements of the past year.


Janna Hotson, DRDH President and CEO, expressed that she was pleased to “have the opportunity to finally gather together and celebrate our amazing team. As we reflect on this last year, and look ahead to the exciting future of our organization, we can be proud of all the wonderful things we have been able to achieve together for our community.”


David Cox, Board Chair, expressed his thanks to the entire DRDH team on behalf of the Board of Directors. “The incredible accomplishments the organization has made this year would not have been possible without the contributions made by each individual team member,” said Cox.

The DRDH Essential Pieces Award is presented annually to an employee who has been nominated by their peers in recognition of their demonstration of the Mission, Vision and Values of the organization.

For 2023, the award was presented to Brynda McDonald, Registered Practical Nurse, who was nominated by her peers for her positive attitude and for keeping residents the focus of everything she does. The impact of Brynda’s kindness and approachable manner since she joined our team nearly 2 years ago was noted by her peers within the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home.

“By working closely with, and supporting all the team members around her, Brynda inspires confidence and trust in her peers,” said Tabitha Kearney, Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “Brynda consistently demonstrates excellence in providing care to residents and professionalism in her support of other team members. Knowing what an invaluable asset she is to our resident’s home and our DRDH team, it is truly my honor to present the 2023 Essential Pieces Award to Brynda McDonald.” 

The organization would like to extend congratulations to each of the six nominees for the Essential Pieces Award this year. Nominees work across the organization in various departments including Maintenance, Physiotherapy, Nursing, and Diagnostic Imaging.

This year, recognizing those who reached a service milestone in 2022, the organization awarded 5-year pins to two employees, 10-year pins to three employees, a 15-year pin to one employee, 20-year pins to four employees, and recognized three retirees who had dedicated more than 20 years to the organization. 

In addition, Gerald Chaput was recognized for his tremendous 40+ years of service to DRDH. When he’s not preparing meals in the kitchen, Gerald is often playing music at a jam session for our patients, residents, and staff. The organization was honoured to be able to present Gerald with a new guitar to express deep appreciation and ensure he is able to continue sharing his musical talents for years to come.

Special appreciation was also provided to the teams who spearheaded the implementation of not one, but two new electronic health record systems over the past year – the PointClickCare implementation team in the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home and the Epic implementation team in the Deep River & District Hospital.

The organization would like to recognize and say thank all those who celebrated our shared accomplishments at the Epic Swing Into Spring Siorée event this year.


Brynda McDonald and Tabitha Kearney 

Brynda McDonald (left) was presented with the 2023 Essential Pieces Award from Tabitha Kearney (right) at the Deep River & District Hospital’s Epic Swing Into Spring Siorée – an event which included service milestone awards as well as a celebration of other team achievements throughout the past year.


Janna Hotson and Gerald Chaput Janna Hotson and Gerald Chaput

Gerald Chaput (right) was presented with a 40-year service award from Janna Hotson (left) at the Deep River & District Hospital’s Epic Swing Into Spring Siorée event. As a special surprise, the organization was honoured also present Gerald with a new guitar to say thank you and ensure he is able to continue sharing his musical talents with our patients, residents, and staff for years to come.