Michener recognized as top employer

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - The Michener Institute for Applied Health
Sciences has been recognized as one of the Greater Toronto Area's Top 50
Employers for 2008. This is a first-time honour for The Michener Institute,
which was also short-listed for Canada's Top 100 Employers.
    The Top 50 Employer list is compiled annually by MediaCorp Canada, Inc.
Organizations are selected on the basis of workplace atmosphere and
environment; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance
management; training and skills development; and overall family-friendly
    "It is an absolute honour for Michener to be chosen as one of the best
organizations to work in Toronto," said Joanne Milligan, Vice President Human
Resources and Organizational Effectiveness. "Michener people are dedicated,
values-driven, and are our greatest resource." Michener employs 250 faculty
and staff whose focus is educating Canada's applied health science
technologists and therapists.

    Live, Learn, Work, Play

    Michener's application emphasized a unique working environment. The Live,
Learn, Work, Play program provides employees with the support and on-site
resources to optimize work/life balance. The program includes complimentary
access to an on-site fitness facility, comprehensive employer paid health
benefits, financial support and encouragement for lifelong learning, as well
as generous vacation and paid leave packages. An interprofessional educational
philosophy spills over from the academic curriculum and into work life,
contributing to an active, collaborative working environment where team-work
is fostered and celebrated.
    Opportunities for employees to contribute to strategic conversations and
to make recommendations for decision-making are provided through Michener's
Senate. Employee successes are cultivated through the Recognition program
which encourages employees to acknowledge the contributions of peers and
management through "life-saver" postcards, monthly values-in-action awards and
annual president's awards.
    "We're genuinely pleased to be recognized as a Top 50 GTA Employer," said
Dr. Paul Gamble, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our faculty and staff
enthusiastically contribute to life and learning at Michener and the honour is
very special for us this year as we'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary in

    About Michener
    The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only
post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science
education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who
serve a vital role in the country's healthcare sector in such fields as
medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy,
chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound, magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT).
    Michener's innovative academic excellence is rooted in: interprofessional
education, simulation education, readiness assessment, clinical education, and
theoretical education to deliver the Best Experience, Best Education hallmark
of learning to our 800 full-time and 3,300 part-time and continuing education
students. The Michener Institute's academic programs are publicly funded
through the Province of Ontario and further enriched through partnerships with
universities, private sector companies and leading healthcare organizations.
    In 2008 Michener is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and is proudly
recognized as one of the GTA's Top 50 Employers.

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