Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Scago Gala & Awards Gala 2016

Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with sickle cell disease. SCAGO helps families and individuals living with SCD throughout Canada with your support.
Thank you for attending the 11th anniversary Hope and Awards Gala 201

Volunteer Award of Excellence
Ms. Lynella Welcome
A chef, wife, mother of two; an extremely proud volunteer for the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO) and an individual with SCD; it goes without saying that Lynella is one of the busiest persons around. She is committed to being an advocate for the “Silent Voices” - an ambassador educating one person or one group at a time.
Community Award of Excellence
Hon. Minister Michael Coteau
As Member of Provincial Parliament, Michael has advocated for those living with SCD and worked with community and political leaders to elevate awareness, support research and improve outcomes. He is proud of the work that the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario has been able to achieve and looks forward to working together to improve outcomes for patients
Medical Award of Excellence
Dr. Uma Athale
Uma Athale is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.  She is instrumental in the initiation of the Adult and Pediatric Joint hemoglobinopathy Clinic at McMaster University where patients with SCD and thalassemia get life-long care.  Uma is a strong advocate for sickle cell disease (SCD) patients and strives at bringing “quality care closer to home”
Humanitarian Award of Excellence
Ms. Lillie Johnson
In 1981, Lillie founded the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario, where she remains an active member and was instrumental in advocating for the inclusion of sickle cell disease to newborn screening program in Ontario in 2006. A nonagenarian, Lillie remains passionate in supporting patients and families with SCD
Nursing Award of Excellence
Ms. Kate Uchendu
Kate has been working as a Nurse practitioner at The Red Blood Cell Disorders (RBCD) Program at Toronto General Hospital since February 2012. Over the past 4 years, in addition to providing outstanding clinical care to patients with Sickle Cell Disease, she has led on a host of projects to help improve the quality of care received by patients

Allied Health Award of Excellence
Ms. Brooke Allemang
Brooke Allemang is a social worker by background who began working as a Transition Navigator at the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital in July 2014. She is dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease in preparing for and throughout the transition from pediatric to adult health care.
Media Award of Excellence
Ms. Ngozi Ugoh
The Publisher of The Nigerian Canadian Newspaper, CanadaCanada’s #1 and most authoritative diversity publication; Ngozi has consistently for the past three years used the newspaper to promote awareness and encourage the Nigerian community to get tested and be educated about SCD. Nigeria produces about 150,000 babies annually with SCD.

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