Long Service & Retirement Recognition

Service Milestone Recognition 

Recognizing service milestones of employees, volunteers and Auxiliary members is an important way Island Health demonstrates appreciation for contribution and commitment.

Service milestones are formally recognized by Island Health commencing at five years of service and in five year increments thereafter (10, 15, 20, etc.). Full-time, part-time and casual employees are included. 

Please note: recognition for five years of service commenced in 2021. Employees, volunteers and Auxiliary members who began at Island Health in 2016, and each year following, will receive a 5 year milestone service pin. The 5 years of service recognition is not retroactively given.

We also ask leaders to recognize service milestones locally by acknowledging the contribution made in that time.

Information for Recipients

As a small token of appreciation, you will receive a service pin and a thank you card directly in the mail to your home address. This is to acknowledge your commitment and service. Please remember to keep your address up to date through Employee Self Service (requires login).

Leaders are also asked to acknowledge your milestone and contribution locally.

If you are celebrating a milestone of 15-years (plus 5-year increments following) you will receive an invitation to select a service milestone gift. Our annual gift program recognizes milestones retrospectively; the formal gift acknowledges the milestone achieved in the year past. Therefore, keeping within the cadence of the annual gift program, the invitation to select a gift will arrive in the following April of your milestone year. 

Example of 15-year plus timeline: 20-year milestone reached in August 2022 – Recipient receives pin and card in the mail that quarter and are sent an invitation to select a gift in April 2023.

For more information, please view the FAQs

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Recognition and Retention Team at longservice@islandhealth.ca

Information for Upcoming Retirees

Retiring from work is a major milestone! Island Health offers those retiring with 15 or more years of service with a retirement pin and the opportunity to select a retirement gift in the April of the following year.

Employees who retire during a milestone year (15, 20, 25, etc.) will also receive a milestone gift and retirement pin.

Service Milestone Events

Service milestone and retirement events are currently paused due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are currently reviewing the approach to events and hope to have an update for 2023.

Information for Managers

Please view our Recognition & Retention intranet page (requires a login and password to access).

Service milestone recognition is one of many ways we recognize employees, volunteers and Auxiliary members at Island Health.