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Guy Chartrand, president and CEO of Bruyère Continuing Care; Monsignor Dennis Murphy, member of the CHSO board of directors and leadership team; Kirby Kranabetter, director of Mission Effectiveness, Client Relations and Clinical Ethics at Bruyère Continuing Care and recipient of CHSO’s 2018 Living the Mission award; John Ruetz, president and CEO of the CHSO; and Louis Savoie, member of the Bruyère Continuing Care board of directors.

Living the Mission award - Congratulations to Kirby Kranabetter!


I am pleased and proud to announce that Kirby Kranabetter was selected to receive this year’s Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario’s (CHSO) Living the Mission award. CHSO is the successor to seven religious congregations, including the Sisters of Charity. This honour is awarded by CHSO to individuals and teams who demonstrate day-to-day expression of our Catholic mission and have made a significant contribution over time to the advancement of Catholic health care in the province.

The award was presented to Kirby at the CHSO Forum dinner, which took place in Toronto on February 26, 2018. I attended this event along with other Bruyère board members, including Louis Savoie: “I was honoured to see Kirby receive this important award recognizing his contribution to living the mission at Bruyère. Kirby shared his personal path which has led him to be who he is today—a compassionate, thoughtful and caring person capable of helping others overcome their own personal challenges.”

“Kirby lives the values of Catholic health care every day, whether it is by helping a team discern about a difficult issue, by developing a mission scorecard to help an organization deliberately think about how it upholds the Catholic legacy, or by simply creating space for someone to talk and be heard,” said John Ruetz, president and CEO of the CHSO.

Kirby is a genuine leader, one who leads by example and has proven that anything is possible in life, especially when we focus on the right things. We can all learn a great deal from his life experience. I know I certainly did and I am hopeful that it will make me a better citizen of this great country we live in. On behalf of the board of directors and of everyone at Bruyère, please join me in thanking Kirby for his leadership, mentorship, commitment and support to Bruyère’s mission, vision and values.

Kirby, you are a truly inspiring individual and we feel blessed to have you on our team. Congratulations!

Together, we can and together, we will. — Guy