An Abbotsford man has been named the “Everyday Champion” by the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council.
Bas Kervel, the manager of facilities and housekeeping at Abbotsford’s Menno Place, was among five people named as finalists for the award. The recipient was then determined by online votes from the public.
Kervel receives a $2,500 scholarship.
The Everyday Champion Award recognizes a person working in the health system who shows a passion and commitment for improving quality of care.
Kervel was nominated for the award after he implemented a new system that provides chemical-free cleaning, sanitizing and stain removal by infusing tap water with ozone.
He spent hundreds of hours, outside of his work day, researching possibilities for alternatives to the cleaning products that were causing allergic reactions among some housekeeping staff.
Kervel was also concerned about the impact on residents in Menno Home.