Ruta was nominated by one of her colleagues who said:
Ruta is nominated for her exceptional contributions to maintaining an efficient and effective operation, her outstanding efforts in keeping a culturally diverse team united, and reminding us of our Auckland DHB values. She warmly welcomes us all every day at work, reminding us to stay positive, respect each other, and to work towards excellence.
Ruta is a role model who always takes time to share her knowledge and lift the confidence of those around her. Being around her encourages others to perform at their best.
She is a staff advocate, and has an ability to see clearly through complex situations. Everything Ruta puts her hands on is out of love, and intrinsic motivation to help others. What is humbling about her warm nature is she would never think of herself deserving this award.