Health Innovation Awards

Manitobans’ innovative ideas about health care are making positive changes for all of us. To recognize these important contributions, the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living has created two awards to recognize the people who have found new ways to improve our health care system and promote healthy living.


The Enid Thompson Award for Health Care Innovation is named in honour of a lifelong civil servant responsible for several innovative changes that have had lasting impacts in Manitoba including the introduction of the first comprehensive, universal home-care program in North America. The award recognizes an outstanding change that has had a positive effect on patient care in the publicly funded health-care system.

Jeanne Strutinsky was presented the Enid Thompson Award for Health Care Innovation this year, recognizing her exemplary 30-year career working with children and families. In 1983, Strutinsky helped introduce a program at Children's Hospital that co-ordinated family and health services to support families and children with developmental needs.  She provides ongoing leadership to the Child Development Clinic.  Her work epitomizes the qualities of patient-centred care and she is recognized by her peers as hardworking, collaborative, an innovative thinker and a team motivator.


The Mino Bimaadiziwin Innovation Award for Healthy Living recognizes an innovative change or project that has enhanced healthy living activities among Manitobans. Mino Bimaadiziwin is an Ojibway phrase meaning "the good life". The award honours the youth at Southeast Collegiate who have joined the Mino Bimaadiziwin Program - this program seeks to promote a balance of spirit, body and mind. These youth represent many First Nations communities.

The Mino Bimaadiziwin Innovation Award for Healthy Living was presented this year to two organizations that have enhanced healthy living activities among Manitobans:

  • The Gambler First Nation Health Centre received the award for sharing the wisdom of its elders, cultural traditions and experiences with families of all ages, and working with the chief and council, community members and other partners to learn about healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation and mental well-being.
  • The POW program of the Portage la Prairie Friendship Centre received the award for connecting instructors and elders with youth of all ages to offer positive activities and teach traditional Aboriginal dance.