2017 Honorary Awards
HALIFAX, NS – June 6, 2017 – CPHA is pleased to celebrate the recipients of its 2017 Honorary Awards.
R. D. Defries Award [Awarded Tuesday, June 6 at 08:30]
Arguably, no individual Canadian has done more to advance the public health importance of the ecological determinants of health. From first leader of the Green Party for both Canada and Ontario in the 1980s, to co-founding both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, Dr. Trevor Hancock’s influence has been extensive.
Honorary Life Membership Award [Awarded Wednesday, June 7 at 08:30]
Shannon Turner, PhD (c), is an exemplar practitioner scholar and has been a stalwart advocate for public health throughout her career. The promotion of health and social good has been foundational to Shannon’s contributions to policy, research and practice. As the national Co-chair of Prevention of Violence Canada for over a decade, she has worked to build a Canada free of violence with a powerful health promotion engagement strategy for civil society and government.
National Public Health Hero Award [Awarded Wednesday, June 7 at 08:30]
The Honourable Dr. Terry Lake, former Minister of Health for British Columbia has accomplished many things, but nothing with more impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our province than the unwavering support he provided for the declaration of a public health emergency and the subsequent actions to stem the tide of tragic deaths from illegal drug overdoses in BC. His understanding and compassion has helped move the public discourse on this issue from one of stigma and blame towards empathy and support.
R. Stirling Ferguson Award [Awarded Thursday, June 8 at 12:30]
Dr. Nancy Edwards has made a significant contribution to improving and protecting the health of Canadians, and in particular of seniors, through her efforts to improve building codes as a means to prevent falls. She has undertaken research to demonstrate the impact on population health of the installation of safe stairs, non-climbable guards and usability-enhancing, safer grab bars in baths and showers.