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The DAISY award

An international recognition program that honours and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses.

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The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) award is an international recognition program that honours and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. Throughout the year, a Holland Bloorview nurse — nominated by their colleagues, students, volunteers and/or by clients and families—is selected to receive the DAISY award.

A DAISY Award recipient is a nurse who clearly understands our vision of the most meaningful and healthy future for all children, youth and families. Their clinical skills, and their ability to deliver exceptional child and family-centred care, exemplify the kind of nurses our clients, families, and staff recognize as an outstanding role model and leader. Furthermore, they embody the Holland Bloorview values of compassion, equity, courage and resilience, excellence and innovation.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way.

For more information, please contact Kaitlyn Davis, executive assistant,


A nurse who:

  • Exemplifies the vision, mission and values of Holland Bloorview
  • Embodies a strengths-based approach to care
  • Demonstrates extraordinary clinical skills in the delivery of compassionate client care
  • Has a positive attitude and demonstrates professionalism in the work environment
  • Establishes a special connection with clients and families

Any registered nurse, registered practical nurse or nurse practitioner working at Holland Bloorview.

How to Nominate

Want to recognize a nurse for their exceptional care? Nominate them for a DAISY award!

Download and complete the nomination form below. Nomination deadline is August 28th, 2020 .

Past Honorees

Read stories about past award winners from the DAISY Foundation website.