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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Pediatric Services, Staff Recognition

Nola Kornder, a nurse clinician with Saskatoon Health Region’s pediatric diabetes program, was recently presented with the 2017 Charles H. Best Award for healthcare professional from Diabetes Canada. 

Kornder received this prestigious national award, presented to just one Canadian per year, at a ceremony at Government House in Regina on June 13, 2017.

Nola Kornder (right) with Lt.-Gov Vaughn Solomon Schofield and Rick Blickstead, CEO of Diabetes Canada at the awards ceremony at Government House in Regina on June 13.

The Charles H. Best Award recognizes a health professional affiliated with diabetes education in Canada who has made a significant difference across Canada towards improving the quality of life of individuals living with diabetes. The list of past recipients is extremely distinguished.  

Kornder was nominated for the award by Dr. Mark Inman and Dr. Munier Nour, both pediatric endocrinologists in Saskatoon, and Leslie Worth, manager of the LiveWell Diabetes program for Saskatoon Health Region. 

“In reviewing the criteria for this prestigious award, it is quite clear that this award recognizes those who have left a significant, impactful and lasting mark on diabetes care with benefits affecting countless individuals across Canada or internationally. There is no question that (Nola Kornder) exemplifies the criteria of this award and has done so for over 30 years. Her impact on diabetes care across the province of Saskatchewan and nationally through her involvement with the Canadian Diabetes Association standards recognition program is monumental,” the three wrote in their nomination letter. 

Kornder has worked as a diabetes nurse educator since 1984, and has served as a champion for pediatric diabetes care in that time, working tirelessly to provide care and treatment for children and families living with diabetes. Kornder has guided the development of the pediatric diabetes program in Saskatoon, which serves pediatric diabetes care across the entire province, and as an expert in her field, mentors diabetes educators, physicians, trainees, social workers and teachers. 

Kornder has also served as the medical-nursing lead at the Saskatchewan Children’s Camp – the Diabetes Canada camp – for 32 years.  She was also involved in one of the first Aboriginal outreach diabetes research projects in the Diabetes Program, and lessons learned from that initiative are implemented in practice today.

Throughout her long career, Kornder has cared for numerous families, sometimes treating several generations of the same family. According to her nominators, “Her caring demeanor and knack for remembering numerous intricacies of the thousands of children she has cared for is nothing short of remarkable.”

Her nominators said that her impact on the care of pediatric and adult diabetes was “truly profound.”  With her leadership and dedication, the pediatric diabetes program in Saskatchewan “has been able to blossom,” they stated. 

Kornder was chosen to receive the award by Diabetes Canada’s National Awards Committee, and was presented with it by Lieutenant-Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield in a ceremony at Government House in Regina on June 13.  

In accepting the award, Kornder stated she was grateful for the honour. 

“I am always awed by the story of the discovery of insulin when I hear it, and Dr. Charles Best was a part of that,” she stated. “If I had my way though, I would take little pieces of this award and give it to my coworkers, my family, Diabetes Canada, my nominators, and the children, youth, and families that I work with daily… because diabetes is such as team effort.”

Last Modified: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 |
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