Prize for the hospital project

  • Jun. 16, 2014 2:00 p.m.

The Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital replacement project has been commended for its clear and effective communication during the rollout of its procurement process. The Canadian Public Relation Society has awarded the hospital a silver in the Community Relations Campaign of the Year category. “The hospital built strong relationships with the community,” said Jonathon Dyck, spokesperson for Northern Health, “and it’s an honour to be recognized by our peers for our effort.” Between April 2012 and July 2013, the hospital held two community meetings to gain feedback for the hospital’s design and procurement process. A meeting was also held with staff and doctors so as the gain their input. Last year — after a competition between three companies — Bouygues Building Canada was chosen to design and build the hospital. Bouygues attended the second community meeting, where they talked about the design of the building and how local workers could play a part in its construction. Mr. Dyck believes a solid line of communication between all the stakeholders was essential for the projects success. Those stakeholders included the Skidegate Band Council, the Village of Queen Charlotte, the Council of Haida Nation, the Misty Island Economic Development Society, the province, and School District 50.

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