Congratulations to Leslie Hill of the School of Health Sciences who is the winner of the 2012 Urram Award presented by the Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT). Urram is Gaelic for “high respect that has been earned,” and the award is in recognition of excellence through outstanding contributions to the field of Medical Laboratory Technology.
Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan (School of Health and Human Performance) on being honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her exemplary work and service in the field of HIV/AIDS in Canada. Dr. Gahagan will receive her award at the 2012 World AIDS Day Gala in Ottawa on November 27, 2012. To read more about Dr. Gahagan and her work, read the DalNews story.
As part of a series on Dalhousie employees, Angelika Torres – HR/Finance Assistant in the School of Nursing – was profiled by DalNews. Read the complete profile here.
Welcome to Dr. Kathleen MacMillan, who recently joined Dalhousie as Director of the School of Nursing. Dr. MacMillan is a graduate of the Toronto East Hospital School of Nursing (diploma) and the University of Toronto (BSc 1980; MA 1983, MSc 1992 and PhD 2005). She has experience in clinical nursing practice, administration, research, education and health policy and is the author of numerous publications and invited presentations. She has been recognized as a distinguished alumna of the Faculty of Nursing at the U of T and received a Centennial Achievement Award from the Canadian Nurses’ Association in 2008. Dr. MacMillan was the first Provincial Chief Nursing Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care (1999 – 2001) and Executive Director, Office of Nursing Services for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada (2001 – 2004). Most recently she was Dean, School of Health Sciences at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto. She holds graduate faculty appointments at both the University of Prince Edward Island and the University of New Brunswick Schools of Nursing. Her research interests are in patient safety, nursing human resources, nursing history and interprofessional collaboration.
Susan Jurczak, an MSc(OT -Post-professional) student in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University, died on December 30, 2010. Susan had a strong interest in designing environments of long term care facilities that foster residents’ social connections and occupational lives. She got the most out of her master’s studies by focusing her practicum work, electives and thesis research on this interest area. Her thesis work was supervised by Robin Stadnyk and Anne Carswell.
Susan lived about 8 months of each year in Connecticut, where her husband Russ had an academic position, and the other 4 months in Edmonton, where she practiced and conducted her research. Her life circumstances made her a good candidate for the School of Occupational Therapy’s distance education program, which she began in 2003. Susan was a hard-working student. She immersed herself in academic life, taking every opportunity to learn and to push herself out of her “comfort zone” of clinical work. She presented papers and posters for many Alberta-based organizations and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy annual conferences. She received scholarships from the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation and the Alberta Association on Gerontology. She also received a peer-reviewed grant from the Capital Care Foundation in Edmonton to conduct her thesis. Susan sought mentorship beyond the occupational therapy program she was enrolled in through her involvement with the Canadian Association on Gerontology and a longstanding connection with Edmonton researcher Doris Milke. She fostered many connections with policy makers in Alberta.
In 2008-2009, Susan was on leave from her studies because she had a life-threatening illness. Despite ongoing struggles with treatments, she described her illness as a “chronic disease” and her “new normal.” Even in her final months of life her usual hope and optimism prevailed. She completed her data analysis in 2010 and had plans to defend her thesis in the summer of 2011.
With the help of her husband Russell, who located her research files, and research assistants Haley Augustine (MSc(OT) 2011, now a Dalhousie Medical student) and Vanessa Johnson (MSc(OT) 2011), the manuscript for Susan’s thesis was completed by Robin Stadnyk. Susan’s Master of Science degree was awarded posthumously on October 1, 2012. Russell received Susan’s degree at the convocation ceremony. Her thesis was entitled “Maintaining family relationships within assisted living facilities for clients with dementia: Effects of the physical and social environment.”
At the recent OT Atlantic Conference, the Mary and John Eldon Green Scholarship was awarded for the first time. Named for John Eldon Green, former deputy minister of social services for PEI and longtime supporter of combining occupational therapy and social work, and his wife Mary – the award was presented to Dalhousie students Alicia Rose (Occupational Therapy) and Dayna O’Malley (Social Work).
To learn more about this award, read the recent article in the PEI Guardian.
Congratulations to Dr. Tanya Packer and Dr. Joan Versnel of the School of Occupational Therapy who are the recipients of the 2012 Dr. Jane Gillett, MD Research Award. Named for Dr. Jane Gillett – a paediatric neurologist who was a pioneer in programs for children with brain injury and championed programs for community integration across the globe – the award is granted to an individual or organization for their outstanding contribution in research to advance the cause of acquired brain injury in Canada. Tanya and Joan received the award in recognition of their work on the LINC study, which strives to understand the impact of a neurological condition on everyday life. Composed of three studies – a population study, a cohort study and a qualitative multiple perspective case study – the results will contribute to the National Populations Study of Neurological Conditions that aims to predict the burden of the disease 5, 10 and 20 years into the future in Canada.
Congratulations to Dr. Ingrid Waldron (Nursing) who was recently given a Team Development Award from NSHRF’s REDI Program in the amount of $10,000 to conduct research examining the epidemiological and health-related effects of toxic industries proximate to Mi’kmaq and Indigenious Black communities in Nova Scotia. Co-Investigators include Dr. Swarna Weerasinge (Community Health and Epidemiology), Dr. Heather Castleden (Resource and Environmental Studies), Dr Daniel Rainham (Science), Dr. Mikiko Terashima (Science), Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon (St. Francis Xavier) and Dr. Afua Cooper (Sociology and Social Anthropology).
First-Year Entry-to-Practice students from the Faculties of Dentistry, Health Professions, and Medicine – numbering nearly 1000 – gathered at the Rebecca Cohn on September 25, 2012 for the annual Interprofessional Student Event. Paralympic gold medalist Paul Tingley, along with his physiotherapist Judy Lugar and coach Colin Guthrie, spoke to the students about the importance of collaborative, team-based healthcare. Afterwards, the students gathered in the Sculpture Court to interact and enjoy some pizza.
Many thanks to all of the students who came out, and those who gave their time to organize this successful event!
On July 10, 2012, IMPART (Initiative on Medication Management, Policy Analysis, Research and Training) held a research seminar. Two speakers from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) – Dr. Nancy Carter, Director, Evaluation Services and Mr. Robert Chatwin, Manager, Performance Accountability – spoke to representatives from Dalhousie, Capital Health, IWK Health Centre and Health Canada about the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) logic and framework model. For a full summary of their presentations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.