2021 Courage Award Recipients

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Meet the 2021 Courage Award Recipients

Each year staff at the Glenrose Hospital nominate their patients for the prestigious Courage Award. The criteria for nomination includes demonstrating courage and serving as a role model to other patients during their rehabilitation journeys. This year three inspiring individuals were chosen as recipients.


Vivienne suffered the devastating loss of her daughter, son and mother in less than a year. Not long after, she received a cancer diagnosis. She was referred to the START Psychiatry Day Hospital at the Glenrose where her positivity and kindness inspired others.

Watch Vivienne’s story


David, a farmer from central Alberta, suffered severe electrical burns following a tractor accident. He had nine surgeries and lost his left arm and right leg. His rehabilitation included relearning how to walk, using a prosthesis.

Watch David’s story


Shortly before starting Grade 9, Isabelle found out she had a brain tumour. After undergoing surgery to remove the tumour, she was diagnosed with posterior fossa syndrome and lost the ability to move and speak. Isabelle spent 7 months at the Glenrose Hospital, where she continuously impressed her care team with her hard work and gratitude.

Watch Isabelle’s story

Courage Awards Ceremony

The ceremony was held virtually on November 24, 2021. Watch the recording

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