- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
If you only knew the shock I went into when I found out I was nominated for the Health Employer Association’s of BC Health Care Hero Award for the Provincial Health Services Authority, let alone winning the award! The Health Care Hero Awards recognize outstanding health care employees amongst BC’s publicly funded health care providers.
When I first received the news I had won for all the work I do, I was a bit confused, because I love what I do so much that I don’t see it as work. I find I don't have to put in the daily 8 hours of time and then escape to ‘life’ to find fulfillment. I feel alive and happy not just at home, but also through work – it’s become part of me. Years ago when I was discharged from the Eating Disorders Program, my life had hit a theoretical ‘reset’ button where I was given the opportunity to start-over. Only this time I was able to begin with a healthy, nourished body and outlook on life. So rather than applying at random jobs and hoping for the best, I asked myself, “what would I do for free?,” and that was working in the field of Eating Disorders. A field I feel I truly and deeply understand. A field that, I believe, some aspects cannot be learned through a textbook. A field that I want to prevent, raise awareness, and help others recover from the hell that is the Eating Disorder.
But I don’t think it was just me that won this award. Every aspect of my work involves a team, whether it be through the incredible facilitators at the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders Online Peer Support Groups, the amazing committee through the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness campaign, the guidance from volunteers and supporters through the “Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves” social media presence, the adoring students at my presentations when I go out speaking through the Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorder Prevention Program, or the genuinely inspiring co-workers at BCMHSUS’ Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. This award deserves to be given to each and every one of these people that I am privileged everyday to work with. As Laing Burns Junior once said, "In order to become a leading home run hitter, a batter must be surrounded by good hitters.”
I am forever grateful and humbled by receiving this incredible Health Care Hero Award. Thank-you.
See Amy’s official HEABC Health Care Hero Award video here: