The Ross McMaster National Unsung Hero Award is presented to a volunteer who has made a substantial contribution to the work and mission of the organization over time. Since 2011, Dr. Rohatinsky has been volunteering with Crohn's and Colitis Canada - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Chapter.
As Education Director, Dr. Rohatinsky organizes and oversees the educational needs of patients and families affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Also, Dr. Rohatinsky hosts an evening session bimonthly to help newly diagnosed individuals with IBD as an opportunity to learn more about the illnesses and provide them a chance to ask questions to a healthcare expert. As of 2016, these evening sessions became available online so that the information can be accessible to patients and families from anywhere across Canada.
"I am very honored and humbled to receive this national award. Canada has one of the highest rates of IBD in the world. I am grateful to be able to provide education and support to patients and families living with this chronic illness to enhance their quality of life," Dr. Noelle Rohatinsky, University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing.
Beyond Dr. Rohatinsky's work with the Saskatoon Chapter, her research with colleagues from the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing focuses on promoting quality of life and living well with IBD. In past years, this research received funding from Crohn's and Colitis Canada and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation to further the healthcare transition needs of adolescents with IBD moving to the adult care environment within Saskatchewan.
Dr. Rohatinsky will continue to support patients with IBD through her research and volunteer work with Crohn's and Colitis Canada.