The Canadian College of Health Leaders recognizes regional not-for-profit organization Safehaven as the 2022 Celebrating the Human Spirit Award winners.

TORONTO, ON (March 30, 2022) – Today, Safehaven has been recognized by the Canadian College of Health Leaders as the 2022 Celebrating the Human Spirit Award winners for its innovative work as leaders within the Developmental Services Sector.

The Celebrating the Human Spirit Award gives recognition to those who go above and beyond when providing health services and have created a lasting impact inspiring those around them. With Safehaven being the recipient of this award, it recognizes the tremendous amount of work that has been done over the past year in supporting the Developmental Services Sector through their Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) program.

“The Canadian College of Health Leaders is proud to announce that Safehaven, has been named recipient of the 2022 Celebrating the Human Spirit Award. This award, sponsored by HIROC, recognizes and honours the meaningful contributions of individuals or teams, who provide health services, for acts of caring and compassion that go above and beyond the call of duty, which inspire others and have a profound and lasting impact,” says Christian Coulombe, Vice-President, Marketing & Membership, Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Within the Developmental Services Sector and the broader community alone, Safehaven has provides its IPAC services to hundreds of individuals across the Toronto Region – from those within the Indigenous Sector, Youth Justice Sector, Violence Against Women Sector, the Anti-Human Trafficking Sector, Safehaven has supported these groups through both IPAC education and supports such as COVID-19 vaccination clinics, rapid antigen testing, outbreak management, and more.

“We are thrilled to be named the recipient of the Canadian College of Health Leaders Celebrating the Human Spirit Award. Our work is revolved around creating an inclusive world and a sense of belonging for individuals with complex care needs. Identifying the present gaps and developing programs and communities that are filled with support and equity is essential to help these individuals live lives filled with dignity, respect and opportunity,” says Susan Bisaillon, CEO of Safehaven.

Over the last year, Safehaven has taken its past and current knowledge of the Developmental Services Sector and has transformed the organization into one that is innovative and has changed the way in which family-centred and community-based care is delivered to individuals with complex care needs. Safehaven challenges the present gaps in health care and through collaborative efforts and partnerships, the organization can create revolutionary pathways for the vulnerable population they serve and the broader community.


About Safehaven

Safehaven is a not-for-profit organization that has provided residential and respite care to individuals with medical complexities and developmental disabilities for over 30 years. At the core, our mission is to increase accessibility within community as a means of providing support to vulnerable populations.

With five locations across the GTA, Safehaven continues to serve thousands of individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, genetic disorders, and other medically complex care needs. Partnering with clients, families, agencies, and other organizations, Safehaven continues to provide exceptional care. For more information, please visit or connect with Safehaven on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn

About CCHL

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), a national member-driven non-profit association, is the connected community that develops, supports, and inspires health leaders across Canada. The College strives to provide the leadership development, tools, knowledge and networks that members need to become high impact leaders in Canadian healthcare. Through LEADS, the CHE designation, credentialing, training, conferences, mentoring and a nationwide careers network, we support health leaders in every sector and region, from every professional background and at any stage of their career. Located in Ottawa, the College collaborates with 20 chapters across the country and engages with its 4,000 members and 80 corporate members to promote lifelong learning and professional development while recognizing leadership excellence.

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