People First award winner: Nova Cleghorn

We’re thrilled to profile Nova Cleghorn. Nova won the Award of Merit in the Unsung Hero category in this year’s People First Awards.

Here’s what her colleagues say about her:

“Nova works tirelessly to support the frontline nurses so that we can deliver the best care possible. She is one of the driving forces behind the successful roll-out of Releasing Time to Care and is currently spearheading the Acuity and Complexity Scale which has made a huge positive impact on the care delivered to the patients and the support received by the front line nurses.

Nova does not hesitate in putting aside her own work to jump in and help out her coworkers. She is our go-to person for advice and assistance, and it makes the world of difference on the unit to know that we have her unconditional support. Nova is an exceptional role model, not only as a nurse but as a person.”

Congrats, Nova for the amazing work you do every day, and for being an inspiration to your colleagues!


Job Title
Clinical nurse educator

Every unit in Powell River General Hospital. Yes, you read correctly: MSP, MAT, ICU, ER.

How long have you worked at VCH?
19 years

Tell us what you do at VCH in one or two sentences:
I help nurses provide the best care to our patient’s by supporting them in their practise and by being a team player. I am so lucky to be the person that orientates all new hires to PRGH and help them navigate their new work environment and community.

What’s your favourite thing about your work?
One of my favorite memories is escorting a palliative patient in a private plane up north to her home town to be closer to her family and friends.

Which True North goal does your work contribute to the most?
Provide the best care

One thing we might be surprised to learn about you:
I like to shoot rifles and ride dirt bikes.

Three things you always have in your fridge:
Eggs, blue cheese, and valentina hot sauce

Who or what inspires you?
My son, Jordan. He has a chronic health issue for the last 11 years and has had many trips to Children’s Hospital and PRGH. Despite the difficult challenges he has had, he manages to stay positive and up-beat, and live life to the fullest and at 150% with a cheeky smile on his face. He is my hero.

Most healthy habit:
Walking and reading

Favourite vacation spot:
The beach. Kent’s Beach to be specific. Living on the Sunshine Coast, there are many lovely places to hide, but Kent’s Beach by Saltery Bay is my favorite hideout by far. It is peaceful and packed with fun times and great memories.

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