TDHS ICARE Dr Peter Fox Award Fiona Hanel

Fiona Hanel wins 2020 ICARE Dr Peter Fox award

Photo: Dr Peter Fox’s son John and TDHS chief executive officer Rebecca Van Wollingen present Fiona Hanel with the 2020 ICARE Dr Peter Fox Staff Award.

An emotional Fiona Hanel last night became the second annual winner of Timboon and District Healthcare Services (TDHS) ICARE Dr Peter Fox Staff Award which is named in honour of the man who delivered her into the world and saved her life.

Ms Hanel told the crowd at the Timboon Golf Club that if she was ever going to win an award, the ICARE Dr Peter Fox Staff Award was the one that meant the most.

In her acceptance speech she explained how she wouldn’t be alive today without Dr Fox who helped her overcome many health challenges from the moment she was born.

She said it was also a huge thrill to receive the award from Dr Fox’s son John whom she had been able to help in recent years to regain his health, independence and purpose.

Ms Hanel was one of six people nominated by her peers for the awards, along with Corry Kerr, Cathy Frusher, Tracey Heeps, Kath Brown and Andrea Stewart.

The award is to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by staff members who demonstrate the ICARE values to an exceptionally high level. The values include integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.

TDHS chief executive officer Rebecca Van Wollingen said in her role as a continuum of care coordinator , Ms Hanel put her nursing experience to wonderful use.

“Fiona has compassion for clients and patients and understands their home situation. She shows respect for them by respecting the way they choose to live, but quietly arranging help for them if needed.

“She has helped community members who are victims of domestic violence to find a place to stay and find work. She founded the Timboon Hospital Op Shop when she discovered community members were in need of cheaper clothes, shoes and she has assisted community members to find new meaning in life by volunteering at our healthcare service.”

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The night also saw Del Taylor recognised with the Volunteer Award. She has been volunteering at Social Support Group for 23 years and is also a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Other nominees for the Volunteer Award were Lesley Togni, Monica Norman and Pam Robb who each received framed certificates along with all awardees.

A number of long service staff awards were also presented to;

  • Jodie Couch – 10 years – Hotel Services Assistant
  • Donna Bellis – 10 years – Hotel Services Assistant
  • Kathy Blake – 10 years – Enrolled Nurse
  • Julie Giblett – 15 years – Enrolled Nurse
  • Margaret Tesselaar – 35 years – Associate Nurse Unit Manager

TDHS now holds the Staff and Volunteer Awards annually on March 5 which was chosen because it was the date in 1956 that the hospital opened to receive patients.

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