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Health Sciences awards

Multi-department

Amanda Todd Legacy Award of Distinction
Carol Todd established this award in December 2015 to pay tribute to, and honour, her daughter Amanda Todd who has been described as "a transformative angel". Amanda died by suicide at the age of 15 in October 2012.  Eligible recipients must be enrolled in any program that focuses on mental health. This includes, but is not limited to, programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Jack Cewe Award 
(see Commerce and Business Administration awards)

Rotary Club of Port Moody Foundation Award
The purpose of the Rotary Club of Port Moody Foundation Award is to support Douglas College students enrolled in the Sport Science program, Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching program, or any Health Sciences or Child, Family & Community Studies program.  Students must demonstrate a commitment to their community through volunteer work; with a preference given to residents of Port Moody and the Tri-Cities.

Silvia M. Wilson Memorial Award for Compassionate Care
Silvia’s wife, Kelly McDermid, established the Silvia M. Wilson Memorial Award for Compassionate Care, in Silvia’s memory, with donations made by family, friends and others who were touched by her warmth. Silvia was a vital member of the Douglas College community for twenty-five years as teacher and coordinator of the Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) program and later as Associate Dean of Health Sciences. She played a pivotal role in establishing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (the first college degree program in Canada) and collaborating on plans for the state-of-the-art Health Sciences learning facility in Coquitlam, equipped with world-class simulation labs (this was ahead of the curve in Canada). As well, Silvia led the design team in creating the HCSW lab. Silvia's dedication to advancing the rigor of health care education prompted her work with CASN (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing) and other agencies involved in the accreditation of nursing programs throughout North America. Silvia embodied the care and compassion she encouraged in her students and above all, she was there for the students. She was their advocate, committed to helping them navigate life's obstacles to reach their goals. With her warmth and infectious smile, she brought out the best in all. This award recognizes a student who brings a deep sense of compassion and outstanding care to her/his caregiving role. A recipient from the HCSW program will be selected in even years. A recipient from the Bachelor of Science in nursing program will be selected in odd years.

Westwood Cycle Prize for Student Innovation
The Westwood Cycle Prize for Student Innovation was established by Westwood Cycle in 2013 to recognize innovative Health Sciences student projects. Projects may be wide ranging in scope, but should incorporate a clear connection between exercise and health, be action oriented and sustainable, and have an above average level of participant engagement.  Two prizes will be given out annually, one valued at $1,000 for first place and one valued at $500 for second place

The deadline to apply for the Westwood Cycle Prize for Student Innovation is November 1st. Find the application package Here. 

Health Care Support Worker 

MPA Society Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Award in Mental Health & Addictions
MPA Society established this annual award in 2010 to support and recognize Douglas College Health Care Support Worker and Community Mental Health Worker students who show initiative and innovation in the field of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) and Recovery in mental health. The MPA Society has been supporting and housing individuals with mental health and substance use issues through a wide range of services in Metro Vancouver since 1971. They are passionate about promoting the self-determination of people who experience mental health challenges. MPA Society believes that self-determination will ultimately result in the positive and successful integration of these people into our communities. MPA Society views these awards as an investment in the post-secondary education of individuals interested in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and provides recipients with the opportunity to access education and form relationships within the field of Mental Health & Addictions.

Pacific Blue Cross Health Care Support Worker Award
This award was established by the Pacific Blue Cross, in 2017, with the purpose of recognizing and supporting students enrolled in the Health Care Support Worker Certificate program.

Rafaela Wilson Memorial Award of Distinction 
This award was created in memory of Rafaela Wilson, mother of Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Silvia Wilson. Candidates must be enrolled in the final semester of the Health Care Support Worker Certificate Program and meet all requirements for graduation from the Health Care Support Worker Certificate Program. The recipient will have demonstrated clinical excellence, a compassionate nature as judged by faculty and staff, and have a minimum GPA of 3. 

Nursing 

Ayako Eileen Suarez Memorial Award
This fund was established by Ayako's husband, Andres, and her family. The fund provides an award to students in the Douglas College Nursing program. Eligible students are also involved in College and/or community activities.

Carly Reid Memorial Award
The Carly Reid Memorial Award was created in 2006 in memory of Carly Reid by her family. Carly was a student in the Print Futures program at Douglas College and knew she had found her calling in writing. Carly gained compassion towards others with disabilities through the pain she faced while living with scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease. The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward students living with a disease or disability who demonstrate similar characteristics to Carly. In 2014, the Print Futures program became the Professional Communication Post-Degree Diploma (PDD) program and the fund details were updated to reflect this change. Preference will be given to students enrolled in either the Professional Communication PDD program or the Nursing program.

David Currie and Valerie Luciak Memorial Award
In 2013, as the winner of Douglas College Foundation's Bursary Draw, a fundraising initiative held during their annual A Class Act gala event, Colleen Sherriff, along with her family, established the David Currie Memorial Award in memory of her father, David Currie. David is remembered as the man who would give you the shirt off his back and as an inspiration to those around him to “share the wealth”. In 2019, with the loss of her sister, Val Luciak, Colleen renamed the fund as a way to memorialize both her father and sister. As a dedicated working mum, Val graduated from the Douglas College (DC) Nursing program in 1985. Upon graduation she received the Governor General's Award and went on to complete her Bachelor's Degree. Val was a mentor to many nurses over the years and inspired others to do the same. The purpose of this award is to support Nursing students at DC facing financial barriers. Preference is given to students participating in a DC Nursing Peer Mentorship program. 

Douglas College Nursing Award
This fund, established in 1983, provides an award for a second-year Nursing student.

Mary Gordon Nursing Award at Douglas College
This award was created by Mary Gordon to recognize the importance of nursing education in British Columbia. As a graduate of the Royal Columbian Hospital Nursing School, Mrs. Mary Gordon, a former registered nurse, has dedicated herself to the nursing profession. This award honours the dedication that nursing professionals give to their patients on a daily basis, and encourages its continuation through the support of nursing education in British Columbia. Recipients must demonstrate clinical excellence, professional competence, empathy and compassion in patient care.

Royal Columbian Hospital Nurses Alumnae Award
In 1944, Beth McCann, a graduate of the VGH School of Nursing, and her friend Agnes “Gussy” MacPhail, an RCH graduate, formed the RCH School of Nursing Alumnae Association. Over the next few years, the Association would become a bastion of support for a whole student body. They offered small interest free loans and often shouldered the financial burden of graduation by purchasing caps for the graduates. Beyond this, charitable donations from the Association did a wide range of good in the nursing community. Everything from refurbishing the 1962 Sherbrooke residence Chapel, to paying for a student’s trip to England for further education. Still, in 2018, RCH Nurses Alumnae are making significant contributions to training and educating the next generation of nurses through the generous support of this endowment. The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward Douglas College Nursing students who demonstrate excellence in clinical performance. Beginning in September 2019, this award will receive an additional $10,000 annually in perpetuity from Mrs. Mary Gordon who is an RCH School of Nursing alumna from 1959. Mrs. Gordon shares the view of the RCH Nursing Alumnae in the importance of compassion, empathy and exemplary clinical performance for our next generations of nurses.

Psychiatric Nursing 

Anshu & Romia Arora Psychiatric Nursing Entrance Awards
Anshu & Romia Arora established this award, in 2017, as a reflection of their love to learn and their belief that money should not be a barrier for anyone obtaining an education. They chose to recognize students enrolling in their first semester of the Psychiatric Nursing program at Douglas College because of their admiration and respect for the dedication and passion these students show through their work in helping others

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC Award
The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC established an Award in 1989 in order to support students enrolled in the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing program. In 1992, they also created the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC - Richard Strong Memorial Scholarship. In 2014, they decided to merge the scholarship with the award so that all awards can be distributed from one fund.

Currey Family Award
This award was created by Dave Currey, a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Agricultural Engineering Program, in order to assist outstanding Health Sciences students in their second year or higher who demonstrate financial need. The award honours his wife, Birgit Currey, a nurse in Sweden and at the Vancouver General Hospital, and their daughter, Ingrid Currey, a member of the Psychiatric Nursing Faculty at Douglas College. Preference will given to students enrolled in the Psychiatric Nursing Diploma or degree programs and who have volunteered in the community or at the college.

Diana Gunderson Award of Distinction
The Diana Gunderson Award of Distinction was established, in 1997, by Diana's family and Faculty from the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing department.  Diana was a dynamic and unique individual who taught for five years in the Psychiatric Nursing Program. She made a significant contribution to students and faculty through her humour, creativity, and passionate commitment to the psychiatric nursing profession. The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward Psychiatric Nursing students enrolled in their final year of studies who demonstrate not only academic excellence but also caring and creativity in their clinical (practice/practicum) experience. 

Jessie Fenton Canadian Daughters' League Award
The Jessie Fenton Canadian Daughters' League Award was established in 1992 with the purpose of recognizing students enrolled in any teaching program at Douglas College that supports individuals with disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to: Behaviour Intervention, Classroom & Community Support Worker, Co-occurring Disorders, Employment Supports Specialty, Sign Language Interpretation, Therapeutic Recreation and Psychiatric Nursing. Demonstrated community or College activity involvement is also taken into consideration. 

John Krushelniski Memorial Award of Distinction
The John Krushelniski Award of Distinction was created in 2006 in memory of John Krushelniski. This memorial award recognizes his work with Forensics, Corrections and Psychiatric Nursing and his quiet, compassionate and caring nature. He was a role model to his colleagues and a friend to many. The Mary Johnson Memorial Award was established in 1992 in her memory by friends and colleagues in the PNUR program at Douglas College. In 2016, the faculty agreed to merge this fund with the John Krushelniski Award of Distinction. Uniting these two funds increases the income available for annual distribution. The faculty will continue to remember Mary and John by referencing them both during the PNUR awards ceremonies, at which students receive their awards.

MPA Society Psychiatric Nursing Award of Distinction in 
Psychosocial Rehabilitation
MPA Society PNUR Award of Distinction in PSR Application
Established in 2014, by the MPA Society, this annual award supports and recognizes Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing students who show initiative and innovation in the field of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) and Recovery in mental health. MPA Society has been supporting and housing individuals with mental health and substance use issues through a wide range of services in Metro Vancouver since 1971. They are passionate about promoting the self-determination of people who experience mental health challenges. MPA believes that self-determination that will ultimately result in positive and successful integration of these individuals into our communities. The intent of this Award is to recognize and reward individuals who excel in their overall psychiatric nursing studies (classroom and clinical practice courses).  MPA views these awards as an investment in the post-secondary education of individuals interested in the psychiatric nursing profession. The awards provide recipients with access to education and relationships within the Psychiatric Nursing field.