Augustana Campus hosts first digital Community Awards Banquet

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing protocols, Augustana Campus kept the tradition of hosting the Community Awards Banquet with a digital celebration on February 9, 2021.

11 February 2021

Over the past year, many of us have had to surrender long-held traditions and celebrations, and this is the same for Augustana Campus. This is why we were especially grateful to have been able to celebrate donor generosity and student achievement in our first ever digital Community Awards Banquet. 

A beloved annual event, the 2021 Community Awards Banquet welcomed Augustana donors, faculty, staff, students and community members to celebrate on February 9, 2021. During the 45-minute program, attendees heard from Dean Demetres Tryphonopoulos, local officials, Augustana staff, a student award recipient and the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Dr Deena Hinshaw.

As we were unable to gather in person this year, we reached out to our donors, faculty, staff and students so they could share their congratulations, gratitude and what it means to be a part of Augustana's Community Awards Program. We hope you will enjoy the resulting video below.


Our 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipientDr Deena Hinshaw—spoke to attendees at the 2021 Community Awards Banquet. She spoke about her time at Augustana and how it has helped shape her life and her career. 

You can watch her message in the video below.


Dr Hinshaw is the chief medical officer of health for the Province of Alberta. She completed her bachelor of science at Augustana University College (AUC) in 1997 before going on to complete her doctor of medicine degree, a master’s in public health and residencies in family medicine and community medicine at the University of Alberta.

This award recognizes Dr Hinshaw’s numerous contributions and accomplishments since graduating from AUC. Perhaps, most importantly, this includes her commitment to the health and wellbeing of each and every Albertan. Her leadership as a physician, as well as a mother, has provided inspiration to current and former students—especially young women in the fields of medicine and science—and has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of people across our province. Dr Hinshaw’s dedication to illness prevention, her desire to make a difference and her quiet, confident and graceful leadership style—often noted by colleagues and former professors, among many others—has now reached the lives of many more through her efforts to protect the people of this province during this challenging pandemic.

Augustana could not be more proud to recognize Dr Hinshaw with our Distinguished Alumni Award. 

The Augustana Distinguished Alumni Award is given each year to an alumna or alumnus in recognition of outstanding achievement.