2017 Ed Helfrich Long Service Excellence Award Winner

With today’s post, we are concluding the announcement of the winners of the 2017 BC Care Awards, with the final category being the Ed Helfrich Long Service Excellence Award. Nominations for the 2017 BC Care Awards closed on December 5th. The Events and Recognitions Committee met by teleconference on December 6th to review submissions and select winners in each category. For this year’s awards we received a record number of submissions, and the judges had to choose several excellent candidates.

To see the profiles of each of the people recognized, visit this link.

And now, we are honoured to announce the winner of “Ed Helfrich Long Service Excellence” BC Care Award.

Tom Crump
Chair, Board of Directors
Elim Village

As year’s winner of the Ed Helfrich Long Service Award, Tom Crump has been a very strong and tireless advocate for residents, families and care home administrators on many fronts. Whether it was educating MLAs on the issues affecting continuing care, providing feedback to the health authority on new policies under consideration, setting up working groups to review new initiatives and new care models, Tom was always at the forefront.

Unquestionably, he is well respected by his peers. He has a very thorough and sound knowledge of the issues, and an exceptional ability to navigate through the jungle of administrative and regulatory obstacles that faced us over the years. As a member of Care Aide Registry Advisory Committee, he worked tirelessly to ensure the shortcomings of the proposed model were effectively addressed.

Tom also served on HEABC affiliates committee, and provided a strong voice for Zion as well as all affiliates. He oversaw the construction of new care homes, and served in senior administrative positions at multiple hospitals.

Tom has also been in charge of Bethshan since its opening in about 2010 – an independent seniors living home.

Congratulations, Tom! Your award will be presented to you at a ceremony in Victoria, BC on February 20th. Details of the event to follow.

Click here to read others who have received 2017 BC Care Awards recognition.