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Recognition & Events Specialist, Organizational Development – Full-Time – Markham

Markham Stouffville Hospital

This is a Contract position in Markham, ON posted November 15, 2023.

Land acknowledgement:

Oak Valley Health honours the traditional territory of the closest Indigenous communities, the Chippewas (chi-puh-waas) of Georgina Island and the Mississaugas of Scugog Island. The Haudenosaunee (Ho-de-no-shau-nee) and Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-in-ah-beh) have lived, worked and existed on this land from time immemorial. This land is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with many Mississauga and Chippewa bands.


Who you are:

  • You encompass Oak Valley Health’s core values and live the words of respect, trust, commitment, compassion and courage
  • You are a patient and/or client centered individual who performs at an exemplary standard
  • You are a team player with excellent communication, critical thinking and prioritization skills


What We Need:

As the Recognition & Events Specialist you will report to the Manager, Organizational Development and work closely with various stakeholders to oversee the planning, development, and execution of employee recognition events as well as support other strategic priorities. You are highly organized, able to succeed in a fast-paced environment, and are eager to engage with new challenges. You have strong communication, presentation, and project management skills. You also have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. You have the ability to successfully work in a team setting or independently. This position contributes to the shared responsibility of ensuring health and safety policies are followed to provide for a healthy environment for patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and families.


On a practical level:

  • Oversee the end-to-end implementation of various employee recognition events, such as the Honoured to Care Awards, Long Service Awards, Staff Appreciation BBQs, Ice Cream Day, Food Truck Festival, and Take Our Kids to Work Day.
  • Lead a social committee of 10 staff members, responsible for planning and executing additional hospital-wide events.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders at various levels of the Hospital.
  • Manage event budgets, solicit vendors, negotiate contracts, and ensure cost-effective solutions.
  • Actively participate in the continuous improvement of recognition and events programs, incorporating feedback and staying abreast of industry trends.
  • Lead planning committees which includes setting agendas, preparing presentations, facilitating discussions, taking minutes, and following up for deliverables
  • Contribute to the development of communication materials and promotional content related to recognition initiatives and events.


What you bring to the role:

  • A post-secondary degree/diploma/certificate in event management and/or business administration
  • Proven 2 years of experience in planning and executing employee events
  • Event management experience is required
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills (ability to listen well and share information in a concise manner)
  • Strong computer/software skills using a wide variety of tools including MS Office, Excel, Zoom and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated strong time management, project management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a team or independently
  • Ability to work with all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Consistent record of good attendance and performance standards maintenance
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others (staff, patients, families, etc.) by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with hospital related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices and completing relevant mandatory education as required


Work Schedule:

Days 7.5 hours, Monday to Friday, with flexibility to meet deadlines and meetings as needed. Hybrid model of in the office and remote work.



Band Q: $34.54 – $40.51 per hour

$67,353 – $78,994.5 per year


Who we are:

Oak Valley Health is one of Ontario’s leading community healthcare organizations. Across our two sites (Markham and Uxbridge) and Reactivation Care Centre (RCC), we provide high quality, patient-centred care to more than 468,000 patients each year. We offer diagnostic and emergency services and deliver clinical programs in acute care medicine and surgery, addictions and mental health, and childbirth and children’s services. We are also proud to be part of the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team (OHT).


Our 542 physicians, 35 midwives, over 3,000 staff and 1,000 volunteers serve patients and families with an honoured to care mindset and are focused on delivering an extraordinary patient experience to the residents of Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Uxbridge and beyond. We are dedicated to providing access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place by the right people and at the right cost. Are you ready to join us?


COVID Statement

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to strengthen and promote health protection to patients, staff and members of the public attending in the hospital, prior to the first day of employment with the Hospital, all successful candidates are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (full vaccination is required). In order to provide you with fair & equitable accommodation, you must submit supporting medical exemption documentation or an affidavit detailing why your religion prohibits you from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.


Oak Valley Health diversity statement 

Oak Valley Health takes pride in serving some of Canada’s most diverse communities. We are committed to fostering an environment of equity and inclusivity where every person can work and receive care safely, openly and honestly. All qualified applicants will receive consideration and we encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of Oak Valley Health. Furthermore, Oak Valley Health is committed to meeting the needs of all individuals in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment and selection process, please contact Human Resources.


We are honoured to be recognized as one of Forbes Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity 2023. We ranked within the top 150 organizations across the country. Learn more about our commitment to EDI.