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Heroes

Nominate your very own frontline hero

It’s time to show frontline employees everywhere some love. Nominate a frontline worker who you think deserves a shout out during this unprecedented time. We’ll celebrate their story here and spread the word through our social media channels. And we’re randomly choosing 5 nominees per week to receive a $50 gift card of their choice as a small token of thanks for the great work they’re doing.

There’s never been a better time to #bekindtothefrontline


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Sandy Harrison

Retail Hero
Nominated by: Krystle Arnold

"Sandy is our custodian at the Post Office in Pinckney, MI. However, custodian is just her job title. When the coronavirus came about, she really kicked it into high gear. Not only is she constantly cleaning, sanitizing, and fixing every problem we come across- she is constantly thinking of everything she can do to help keep us safe and healthy. She even went as far as making us our plexiglass shields for our retail counter, on her own time, off the clock, with her own supplies, out of her pocket. She deserves so much more than just a simple thank you. I honestly believe she is the reason that no one at our station has gotten sick. Her hard work and dedication to us as people, and to our community is something that cannot go unnoticed."

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Michael & Ashraf

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Kelly

"Michael and Ashraf own the Blackfalds Professional Pharmacy. These two pharmacists deserve a kudos, hands down. They've done everything to keep themselves and their customers safe, working long and tedious hours and no 'thank yous' wanted, they say it's all for their customers. Thank you Ashraf and Mike"

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Navi Bal

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Jenn Hossie

"Early in the pandemic, I ran out of my monthly prescriptions on a Saturday, and I have some that I cannot skip. Navi personally delivered my prescriptions after her long work day. As I am very high risk for getting a severe case of COVID-19, this was very meaningful to me. My medications became a stress when this pandemic first hit, but my worries were quickly dispelled, and I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about access, shortages, or safety because I had Navi as my pharmacist. I have a lot to be thankful for."

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Stewart Spence

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Miranda Wan

"Stewart is a medical physician in his first year, and has already worked in ICU and medical wards caring for confirmed COVID-19 patients. He has set aside plans to visit family and his long distance partner, whom he has not seem for 6 months due to travel restrictions. She is also a health care worker, and they are continuing to care for their patients daily as others stay home to support them!"

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Amanda Burnett

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Angelica Durski

"She is an ICU nurse at Rush here in Chicago. She has worked night 12 hour shifts every week helping COVID-19 patients and even started a food train to provide food every shift for her coworkers. She is super caring, smart, and deserves to be a frontline hero."

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Heather Daum

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Lyndsey Daum

"She is an emergency room nurse in Columbus, Ohio. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she's volunteered to work the coronavirus testing clinic and the call center. She also cares for multiple coronavirus patients that come to her hospital. She's been exposed to at least one coworker and had to get swabbed ... She is a hero and deserves to be recognized for her hard work and the emotional strain she works through every day."

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Brittany Hastings

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Brooke Prestia

"My twin sister is a nurse on the covid floor she does the long 12 hour night shifts. She drives 1.5 hours to work and another 1.5 hours after her shift back home. She then comes home to take care of her new puppy and her husband as he works over 40 hours a week. She is always thinking about work and if she made a mistake or did she do everything right should she reach out to make sure the next nurse is ok."

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Michael Georgeneau

Travel Hero
Nominated by: Kyle Georgeneau

"Michael works for the public transit in St. Catharines in the paratransit division. He drives people to their hospital appointments, brings them to get groceries and does what he needs to do to help people. Michael selflessly goes to work everyday knowing that he's helping people maintain their quality of life. Without people like Michael, our transit system wouldn't be as good as it is today."

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Alex

Retail Hero
Nominated by: Dawn Smith

"I want to nominate Alex from my local Zehrs. While shopping, I was looking for toilet paper and the shelves were empty. I asked Alex if there happened to be a secret stash elsewhere in the store, and he replied that there wasn't. Later, as I was leaving the check-out, Alex spotted me again and asked if I was desperate for toilet paper, as he'd purchased some for himself that was still in his car, and he'd give me a pack if I needed it. Offering his own supplies for those in need is definitely going above and beyond! Thanks Alex!"

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Robyn Laycock

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Rebecca Grenier

"My sister is a nurse at Crescent Care Nursing Home in Woodstock. She loves working with her patients and is there for them during this difficult time that family members can't be, she is my hero."

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Tony Pham

Retail Hero
Nominated by: David Tran

Tony is the only employee at his family owned pharmacy. "Tony has been delivering essential services like filling prescriptions, providing over-the-counter drugs, and much more. As a one-man show, he single-handedly supports new and existing customers every single day." When Tony comes home from work, his wife holds their toddler back so he can come in the front door and go straight to the bathroom to take a shower. "My daughter is used to me coming home and greeting me at the door and I give her a hug," Tony told The Record.

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Jeff Burton

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Miranda Burton

"Jeff has shifted gears at Sunnyside Home Long-term Care from fundraising to helping residents in this time of need. He's been a support for his residents to colleagues doing whatever he can to help during this time of crisis. He's a thoughtful and unsung hero!"

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Holly Stone

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Kim Stone

"Holly leaves her house every day at 5:00 am to head to work on the frontline at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Houston Medical Center. Leaving behind her 5 month old son and husband Casey. She has volunteered to do surgeries to receive the necessary PPE. She is a brave and beautiful person we are so glad to call ours. She has to completely strip down in the garage and shower before she can hold her precious son Bryce. We love you Holly. You are our hero."

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Rachel Chabot

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Diane Lewis

"I’ve known Rachel since she was 6 years old. She recently graduated from Western University with honours in Nursing and took her after grad course in preoperative. She was hired at St. Mary’s Hospital here in Kitchener, where she excelled in the OR and was placed in cardiac surgery for training. With the current outbreak of COVID-19, Rachel and the entire team at St. Mary’s have been focused on caring for the community in ways they never expected. The hours are long and the work unnerving. Now as a dedicated professional, she is working at a level of care she could not have imagined just six months ago, I am very proud of this young lady. I support her for her commitment and her bravery. Rachel you’ve always been a hero - thank you and keep up the good work!"

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Krysta Lee

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Marina Torelli

"Everyday Krysta is working as a screener for the Brant Community Healthcare System. She works tirelessly everyday screening the public and answering all their questions. Thank goodness for her putting her self at risk everyday to protect us. Putting yourself at risk to help others is a rare trait and we need heroes like her through this most difficult time. Krysta Lee is my Frontline Hero."

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Erin Duffy

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Tim Duffy

"Erin is a registered veterinary technician (RVT) ... One of only two at the London Humane Society. Understandably, this pandemic has shifted the attention away from our furry little friends. But Erin heads in to the LHS to tend to their needs on a daily basis. I believe she is now four days on and four days off… But those are 12 hour days. She even brings home one of the furry critters for some love if they need it. At a time like this, it is easy to forget about the pets we love so much. Don’t worry, Erin has their backs! She’s a front line hero to every one of those Furry little critters."

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Brantford General Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Rebecca Lynch

"The entire Diagnostic Imaging Department is working tirelessly through this crisis. We leave our loved ones at home so we can care for your loved ones. We are often the unsung and unrecognized group caring for patients on the front line. We are tired...we are stressed...we are worried, yet we report to work each day with a smile. We will get through this together, we will be strong! Kudos to all essential workers!"

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Lorie West

Retail Hero
Nominated by: Amber West

"A big thank you to my mom, Lorie West. She's a part-time employee, but has been at the pharmacy nearly every day to help out when her colleagues cannot. She's even been known to travel to other stores in the chain to help them out too. She's constantly on her feet during these very busy days to keep everyone else healthy. Not only that, at the end of her day she stops by to drop necessities off on the porch for family members so they can safely isolate themselves. She's a true angel. I wish I could give her a hug for all she's doing - so here's a digital hug, for now!"

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Katelyn Merrylees

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Tori Wagler

"Katelyn is the most bubbly and optimistic pediatric nurse! Always goes above and beyond for her little patients, friends, family, and community, especially during these unprecedented times. Because of amazing #frontlineheroes like Katelyn, we'll all get through this together!"

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Anastasia Zvonek

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Chase Zvonek

"Anastasia, along with many other healthcare professionals, were furloughed during the COVID-19 outbreak so hospitals could prepare for necessary incoming patients who are battling the virus. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and waiting to return to work, Anastasia hopped on a one-way flight to New York City to help them manage their patient needs in the epicenter of the outbreak. While working to help patients, she is also raising funds and coordinating additional efforts to support healthcare workers by getting meals catered to the hotel that is putting them all up. Incredibly proud of my wife along with all of the other healthcare professionals who continue to put patient care in front of their own well being to help us through times of crisis."

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Angela Clancy

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Maliyah Bernard

"She is a Public Health Nurse, working to screen COVID-19 cases. There are five children in her home, and she’s so committed to helping the community that she’s offered to stay at a different home in order to continue serving the people who need it (while making sure not to spread the virus to her own family). Angela is doing great work— not only is she a frontline hero but she’s my hero!"

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Erin McClure Robb

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Stephanie Honour

"Erin is a local pharmacist who goes above and beyond for her clients and her network. Despite managing the challenges of having her 7-year-old twins at home, she's putting in long days to support her community. She's also vocal on social media, encouraging everyone to help the frontline by staying at home, and posting medication tips to help everyone keep themselves safe at home. We appreciate you, Erin! Thank you for all you're doing to support our community in this time of need."

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Jessica Cerqueira

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Sarah Hamilton

"First year as a nurse and what a year! Working constantly and with the COVID19, while everyone is reducing hours or working from home, she is working extra to help out when other nurses can't work. Hard to show support with the self-isolation but we all need to #bekindtothefrontline."

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Nicole Hanna

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Laura Hanna

"Nicole is an emergency room nurse at Woodstock General Hospital. She has been treating concerned patients that come into the ER for many years and is doing everything she can to help with this pandemic. Her positive attitude shines through when asked how she feels about being an ER nurse right now. 'I'm just happy I am able to use the skills I’ve learned to help those in need in serious times like these!' Shes a hero to many of us."

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Laura Bone

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Therese Johnson

"She is a nurse working at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, CA doing double shifts and hands on care to help patients."

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Elizabeth Von Steun

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Alexa Von Steun

"My mom, Elizabeth, is an X-ray tech who puts her heart and soul into her job. She has been doing this for 25+ years and loves it more with each day. With every shift during this virus outbreak comes extreme precaution, and while she may have a big, scary mask and a gown on, she ALWAYS has a smiling face behind all of it for each and every one of her patients. Kindness and love are not an option for my mother, even during these trying times. Next time you have an X-ray, even if for something small like a finger, saying thank you goes a long way! Despite what most think the job is not as easy as the push of a button and X-ray techs all over the world play such a huge part during not only this outbreak, but every single day in healthcare. Mom, your work does not go unnoticed. Keep smiling: it couldn’t be done without you!"

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Mavor Reilly

Grocery Hero
Nominated by: Kathy Reilly

"Mavor is 75 years old and last year decided to take a part-time job at a grocery store to make ends meet. During this time she continues to go to work as a testament to her compassion for others and ensuring that people in need to get the service they deserve."

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Heather Thompson

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Colleen Duffy

"Heather is a nurse who works with extreme high needs patients in a group home setting. The virus has just reached its head there and they are facing it head-on but short-staffed. She is basically only sleeping at her own home and working long hours at the facility. Very underappreciated and virtually unknown workforce. She's an everyday hero!"

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Mona Browne

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Shaun Browne

"My wife is working, so far, 9 consecutive days, as an X-Ray department support employee at CMH, in Cambridge. She is able to work in a variety of frontline roles in the hospital."

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Dr. Sarah Rinaldi

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Marina Gliksman

Family physician, Dr. Sarah Rinaldi, has initiated a grassroots project in Waterloo Region to help the health care community source personal protective equipment (PPE). Thank you Dr. Rinaldi for mobilizing the community to help solve the PPE shortage for frontline healthcare workers! To volunteer, donate supplies and help fund the initiative, go to covidhealth.ca.

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Sam Demetrious

Travel Hero
Nominated by: Colleen Duffy

"Sam is a great travel agent—pleasant, enthusiastic, hard-working and super helpful. She always goes above and beyond to help her clients. She has been working tirelessly with progressively limited options to get her clients home. Working 18 hour days to get them home safely and as quickly as possible."

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Jen Dignam

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Erin Leroux

"Jen is a doctor here in Waterloo Region, working with some of our most vulnerable. She has four small children at home, and manages to care for her family and her patients with the same exceptional dedication and patience."

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Dr. Blake Pearson

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Lindsay Cournoyer

Sarnia doctor Blake Pearson has been taking calls from anyone who has a medical question about COVID-19. He’s taking calls whether the person is a patient or not. Dr. Pearson is doing this to limit the number of unnecessary visits to local emergency rooms. According to an article in the Sarnia Observer, he decided to do this because it just seemed like the “right thing to do.”
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Jenn Daniells

Retail Hero
Nominated by: Jonathan Tang

"Jenn works at Shopper's Drug Mart. She has always been super-friendly, optimistic and helpful whenever someone was looking for something. Everyone who knows her know they can count on her calming presence, even in these stressful times. She is still working at Shopper's right now through the coronavirus crisis, getting people what they need (especially when they are sick with the flu or who knows what else). I can't imagine the stress of going to work and knowing the risk, but she is truly making a big difference in her community."

Terrence Alkin cooking at the Zehrs Community Centre in Cambdrige, ON

Terence Alkin

Grocery Hero
Nominated by: Wes Alkin

“My dad, Terence Alkin, is 67 years old and runs the Community Centre at Zehrs South in Cambridge, Ontario. He is an established chef that was trained in one of Europe's top kitchens. He used to run his own restaurant and six years ago he decided to join Loblaw Companies Limited to give back to his community. Through this week he has headed to work every day knowing he is playing his part by staying positive, spending extra time cleaning, and helping others. Each night he returns home exhausted and stressed by the prospect of COVID-19, however he keeps going as he knows he’s doing his part. He has accepted this challenge much as he has accepted other challenges throughout his life and just like the rest of the frontlines. He has always been my hero and taught us about going the extra mile, and now he's doing it again and that's why I believe he is one of our frontline heroes."

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Julie Moore

Medical Hero
Nominated by: Kate Irvine

"Julie is a hardworking nurse at Mount Sinai and St. Michaels hospitals. She's worked 100+ hours in the last two weeks to deal with this crisis, and staying away from all her family to stop the spread further. She's much deserving of the Frontline Hero title."

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