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Past Recipients

Dave Morrison(2018) is the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) on the In Centre Hemodialysis Unit at St Paul’s Hospital. Raised in the Prairies, he began his nursing career in Saskatchewan in the ICU, eventually leaving for Saudi Arabia, where he found his passion working as a Hemodialysis Nurse. He has worked in the Renal Program at Providence Healthcare for over 25 years, demonstrating a deep commitment to the organization, its mission and values, and with his colleagues and the patients and families he serves.  Dave’s contribution and legacy in the field of kidney disease is vast. Not only has he expanded and enhanced the role of the In Centre CNL, but he has supported and mentored countless staff and future leaders in a variety of disciplines. He has shared his knowledge, skills and expertise, being intrinsically involved in numerous program initiatives, provincially and within PHC. Some of these include the establishment of the three Coastal Community Dialysis Units, the Nocturnal Hemodialysis Program, Redevelopment for the new St Paul’s, Clinical Systems Transformation, Patient Education, Visitor Dialysis, patient enhancement fundraising through The Lights of Hope Campaign, and numerous Quality Performance and Improvement initiatives. Dave has presented Nationally and Internationally, with projects focussing on mentorship and the experience of Undergraduate Nurses  entering the specialty of Nephrology. Through his years of service and contribution, Dave consistently embodies the values of, excellence, respect compassion, empathy, and personalized and patient centred care. 

Dr. Colin White(2017)

Dr Mohamud Karim(2016): graduated from UBC, where he also trained in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He was on staff at the Vancouver General Hospital as the Director of the Hemodialysis unit from 1992 to 1996, after which he spent time working in Kenya and Tanzania. While there, he was Director of the Casualty Department at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, and co-founder of the Regency Medical Centre, the first Private imaging, laboratory and outpatient service in the country at the time. He returned to British Columbia in 2000, and has been practicing at the Fraser Health Authority since. He was the Medical Director of the Fraser Health Authority Renal Program from 2002 to 2011 where he oversaw the expansion of the Hemodialysis units at the Royal Columbian, Surrey Memorial and Abbotsford hospitals, in addition to the expansion of the Community Dialysis, CKD and PD Programs.

Dr Karim currently practices Nephrology at the Surrey Memorial Hospital, and is involved in teaching and community service. His passion lies in providing quality Palliative and end of life care to Renal patients. Dr. Karim chaired the BC Renal Palliative Care committee till early this year.  He has actively advocated for the provision of services and renal care to the population in Surrey. Dr Karim has also served in various leadership positions within the Ismaili Community.  He is supported in his work by his wife Anar, and his two sons.


Rick Luscombe (2015): Rick Luscombe is the Vascular Access Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) at Providence Health Care and, together with the health care team, is responsible for ensuring optimal vascular access outcomes in renal patients.  Rick has worked for 30 years in nephrology nursing with 28 of those years working in hemodialysis and the most recent 13 as Vascular Access CNL.  He obtained his Registered Nurse diploma in 1985 from George Brown College in Toronto and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degress in 2002 from the University of Victoria.  Rick co-founded the Vascular Educators Group of BC and was the President of the Canadian Association Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (CANNT) in 2010.  In 2013 Rick was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Education Award from the Canadian Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). In 2014 he was the recipient of the CANNT award for excellence in Leadership and Administration. A role model for the nursing profession, Rick's desire for knowledge, education and research is exemplary.

Ruth McCarrell (2014): a Pre-Transplant Clinical Nurse Leader, Kidney Transplant Program at St. Paul's Hospital, Ruth has been credited as being instrumental in the success of the kidney transplant program at St. Paul’s. Ruth has worked tirelessly on the paired exchange program, breaking down barriers and maximizing efficiency. Through her efforts more than 60 pairs have been transplanted at the hospital, double the number of the next highest program in the country.

Dr. Dan Martinusen (2013): a renal pharmacist, Dan was nominated four separate times for his significant contributions to renal care in BC over more than a decade.  Through the BC Renal Agency, he has led a number of significant provincial pharmacy initiatives, including the development of an anemia management protocol that resulted in significant medication cost savings for the province. He was also the driving force behind the provincial roll-out of medication reconciliation for all kidney patients in BC, an initiative that has received numerous awards and recognition.

Dr. Alex Magill (2012): a renal pathologist at St. Paul's Hospital, Dr. Magill has had an ongoing impact on the care of kidney patients in the province of BC since 1977, contributing his exceptional knowledge of renal pathology to guide day-to-day therapy choices of his nephrology colleagues while they treat their CKD and transplant patients.

Dr. Gerry Karr (2011): medical director of kidney services for Interior Health. His warmth, generosity and dedication to patient advocacy were all key factors highlighted in his nomination. Through his adherence to the highest standards of patient care and a commitment to team building, Dr. Karr has established a superior level of excellence within the BC renal program.

Anne Gloster (2010): director of renal services for Vancouver Island Health, received nine separate nominations, one from the entire renal team at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, all praising her uncompromising commitment to patient safety and well being during her 12 years with the program.

Dr. Victor Chan (2009): Dr. Chan's support for peritoneal dialysis has not wavered since the 1960s. A leader and innovator, he has performed more bedside catheter insertions than any other physician in Canada.

Debbie Eggers (2008): a vascular access coordinator for Interior Health and a champion of quality renal care.

Lai-Lin Harvalias (2007): has worked tirelessly over three decades to promote renal nutrition regionally, provincially and nationally.

Dr. David Lirenman (2006): was a pioneer and leader in the development of pediatric nephrology in BC.

Dr. John Price (2005): BC's first nephrologist and a leader in the development of the province's kidney care services.

Dr. Angus Rae (2004): an outstanding clinician, scholar and teacher who epitomizes life-long learning. Now retired, Dr. Rae was the founding head of the Division of Nephrology at St Paul’s Hospital.

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