Global Mitra Awards


Global Mitra

Windsor Regional Hospital awarded its latest Global Mitra awards to an outstanding unit and an individual for exemplary dedication to human rights, diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and beyond.

The Global Mitra Award celebrates and promotes the compassion and dedication of our employees, professional staff and volunteers here at WRH. One individual employee and one WRH unit were each chosen as this year’s recipients of the award. The awards go to those who go above and beyond to ensure that all patients, visitor, colleagues and all guests at our campuses feel welcome and safe in our hospital environment.

Mitra comes from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, and is the patron divinity of honesty, friendship and meetings. Subsequently, it was commonly used to mean ‘friend’. The essence of the award denotes a person or group who carries the attributes of service towards the world community regardless of their race, creed, disability, sexual orientation or any other ground.

This year’s winners are:

  • Individual award: David Lenz, Administrative Assistant, Public Affairs, Communications and Philanthropy
  • Unit/Team award: Child Life Services

Individuals and units are nominated by fellow staff members at WRH, and winners are selected by the WRH Diversity Committee, made up of individuals from departments and units throughout the hospital.

“We are proud to acknowledge the work of these wonderful recipients of the Global Mitra Award who continuously recognize the importance of ensuring Windsor Regional Hospital is a workplace that embraces and welcomes diversity and equality,” says Aruna Koushik, Commissioner of Mediation and Human Rights Services. “These awards reflect our hospital’s continued commitment to ensuring that all feel welcome, respected and equally cared for at Windsor Regional Hospital.”

About David Lenz
David Lenz works for the Public Affairs/WRH Foundation office and sets an outstanding example for peers inside the hospital and throughout the community when it comes to educating and promoting the importance of diversity. David is always willing to assist WRH in its efforts to be culturally aware by providing research and information on topics related to LGBTQ. He also makes an impact in our community by being an advocate and providing support for marginalized groups in Windsor including Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and The House – a youth centre for LGBTQ young adults.

About Child Life Services
The Child Life department is a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals who strive to create a safe, family-centred environment for their patients and their families. The team ensures that every child receives the best possible care and that families are treated with respect, acknowledging that all families are unique and may have specific cultural and/or religious needs, and/or emotional and physical challenges.

Global Mitra Awards