People First award winner: Dr. Michael Wilkins-Ho

We’re thrilled to profile Dr. Michael Wikins-Ho. Dr. Ho won the Award of Merit in the Leadership category in this year’s People First Awards.

Here’s what his colleagues say about him:

“Dr. Wilkins-Ho is a well-respected and compassionate leader who inspires the whole team through his actions. He is a leader who can pull people together into a common place to come up with collective actions to make a difference. His leadership in the provincial P.I.E.C.E.S. project is one of the many examples.

He’s a doctor who would get a birthday cake if he knows a patient doesn’t have any family to celebrate their birthday. He goes above and beyond to support team members, patients and families to achieve person-centred goals.”

Congrats, Dr. Wilkins-Ho for the amazing work you do every day, and for being an inspiration to your colleagues!


Job Title
Medical Manager of Tertiary Older Adult Assessment and Treatment Unit on Willow 5


How long have you worked at VCH?
16 years

Tell us what you do at VCH in one or two sentences:
I mostly am a geriatric psychiatrist working on a tertiary level inpatient unit at VGH, and at the Cambie Older Adult Mental Health Team.

What’s your favourite thing about your work?
The opening day of our Willow Unit on June 25, 2012 – the staff were ready to roll up their sleeves and do some good work.

Which True North goal does your work contribute to the most?
Promote better health for our communities

One thing we might be surprised to learn about you:
I am a Level 29 Pokemon Go Trainer.

Three things you always have in your fridge:
Eggs, leftover Schezuan, and past-expiry milk.

Who or what inspires you?
My wife, Melanie (and Batman).

Most healthy habit:
Choosing the small fries rather than the large.

Favourite vacation spot:
What’s a vacation? Okay…New York.

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