Health and Community Services
July 23, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services:

Minister Haggie Recognizes Eastern Health for Communications Excellence

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House to congratulate Eastern Health and their CEO David Diamond on achieving communications excellence at the 2019 International Association of Business Communicators’ Pinnacle Awards, held on June 26, at the Alt Hotel in St. John’s.

Eastern Health received three awards, which include Awards of Merit for their 2018 influenza public awareness campaign, and a staff recognition video entitled EZ Belong. They also received an award of Excellence for their Health Innovations Fair.

In addition to these awards, CEO David Diamond was recognized with the 2019 Award of Excellence for Organizational Leader. This award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated leadership, with a vision and commitment to communications excellence.

Mr. Diamond was nominated by communications staff, who say he has a solid and strong presence, which has permeated every fibre of the work carried out within Eastern Health.

To quote one media relations manager at the organization, “Dave is committed to honest and open communication with the staff, clients and residents Eastern Health serves. He leads by example and inspires everyone to give 100 per cent.”

I ask all Honourable members to join me in congratulating Eastern Health and their CEO David Diamond on receiving these prestigious awards.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

2019 07 23                              2:00 p.m.