George Bristol Award
In 2016, the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital Foundation established an important recognition program for volunteers called the George Bristol Award for Volunteering Excellence.
George James Bristol (1926 – 2015) was a dedicated friend and supporter of the BMP Foundation. In 1988, Mr. Bristol, municipal Councillor for the West Brome District of the Town of Brome Lake at that time, organised a benefit dinner for the BMP Hospital. This spaghetti dinner would become an annual fundraising event. Over the years, the activity took different formulas from the Mayors Brunch & Dinner, to the BMP Hospital Brunch & Roast Beef Dinner, and more recently the BMP Brunch.
The George Bristol Award for Volunteering Excellence aims to develop, sustain, and appropriately recognize outstanding volunteerism in support of the BMP Hospital and Foundation. This award will be given on an annual basis to one or more individuals who have displayed a longstanding and exceptional involvement.
The vitality, strength, and sustainability of the BMP Foundation lie in the active and continuous participation of volunteers.
The 2023 George Bristol Award was presented to Mr. François Riendeau.
Mr. François Riendeau has been a volunteer member of the BMP Scholarship Jury since the establishment of the scholarships in 2002. A former principal, he is involved on an annual basis in the review of candidates for the BMP Cegep Scholarships and the Effie Margaret Côté University Scholarships. Always curious during interviews, he loves to discuss and discover the motivations of these passionate young people! It is with great pleasure that he has devoted his time for over 20 years to complete the process of selecting and choosing the candidates.
On behalf of the young people, the next generation of healthcare providers in Brome-Missisquoi, thank you Mr. Riendeau!
The George Bristol Award was presented twice in 2022:
- Ms. Eileen and Mr Winston Mason
Active members of the Brome Lake Lion’s Club, this friendly couple has also taken the time to solicit, collect and organize the BMP Brunch draw since its inception over 30 years ago. Always available and smiling, they do their utmost to make this event a success. It is an honour to present them with this award this year and to recognize their selflessness and involvement for the citizens of Brome-Missisquoi.
- Ms. Lola Landes
This award recognize her fundraising efforts including the Spring Concert from 2005 to 2014 which generated over $240,000 for the BMP Foundation as well as her role as a member of the Board. A business leader, a strong and independent woman, Ms. Landes has been involved in several major campaigns, has participated in the 2008-2013 campaign as a cabinet member and the 2018-2022 campaign as Executive Director. Always going above and beyond the call of duty, she has consistently encouraged those around her and her team to go the extra mile and that is what has allowed her to achieve amazing results!
The 2021 George Bristol Award was presented to Mr. Mario Lagimonière.
Involved for the past 7 years as President of the Board of the BMP Foundation, he continues to act as President Ex-Officio on the BMP Foundation Board of Directors.
Thanks to his involvement in the last two Major Campaigns, real achievements have been made such as the establishment of the outpatient surgical clinic, the reorganization of the oncology clinic into new premises and the expansion of the orthopedic clinic.
The 2020 George Bristol Award was presented to Ms. Cynthia Clinton.
Cynthia Clinton has been in charge of the BMP Hospital Auxiliary Boutique for many years and has been a volunteer with the BMP Foundation since 1993. The BMP Foundation wished to recognize her ongoing commitment to helping her hospital and her loved ones.
The 2019 George Bristol award was given to Dr. William J. Barakett.
A Co-Founding Member of the BMP Foundation, he was its Vice-President and President from 1989 to 2001. He has raised millions of dollars to improve health care services through fundraising and philanthropy.
His 46-years practice in family medicine has been exemplary, not only for his complete devotion to his patients but also for his involvement in all levels of Medecine in the province of Quebec. Deeply concerned about the well-being of people with intellectual disabilities, he is President of the Butters Foundation, which raises funds to provide them with services and housing in the region. He is also respected for his expertise in the treatment of addictions.
Dr. Barakett is a model of dedication and attention to young general practitioners.
For health reasons, Dr. Barakett was unable to attend the 2019 Brunch but his daughter, Élise Barakett, came to receive the award on his behalf.
The 2018 George Bristol award was given to Barbara Ash.
Auxiliary nurse by profession, she worked at the BMP Hospital for 20 years. Today, she passes on her expertise and knowledge as a teacher at the CRIF. Involved since 1992 at the BMP Hospital even before the BMP Foundation was created in 1993, she participated as a volunteer in numerous events including the Bike-a-thon, Golf tournament, Ski Owls Head, Grand Ball and Oktoberfest.
The 2017 George Bristol award was given to three volunteers for their sincere commitment and continued support to the Foundation.
- Patricia Gilbert for her work as an administrative support volunteer for the past 20 years
- Charles Fournier as a Bike-O-Thon’s advocate and pledge champion
- Dr. Robert Pincott as a Bike-O-Thon’s advocate and pledge champion , BMP-Heritage Museum’s curator,School Visits guide, and more
The 2016 George Bristol recognition was awarded to a group of volunteers for their extraordinary work as sellers for the BMP Car Draw
- Helen Davis
- Keith Enright
- James Fulford
- Claire Noiseux
- Guy Noiseux
- Linda Patten
- Danielle Rancourt (1940 – 2016)