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Community Connections Awards 2017

The Community Connections Awards honour those whose commitment to community engagement embodies the spirit of the U of A’s promise of “uplifting the whole people,” and recognize those who have had a positive impact on communities near and far, as well as on the university.

The Community Connections Awards honour those whose commitment to community engagement embodies the spirit of the U of A’s promise of “uplifting the whole people,” and recognize those who have had a positive impact on communities near and far, as well as on the university.

Community Connection Awards Ceremony

Join the University of Alberta's Chancellor Douglas Stollery, President David Turpin, and the Interim Vice-President (University Relations) Jacqui Tam during this celebration of community.

All are welcome to attend.

Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Where: City Hall

Please RSVP by Monday, May 8, 2017.

RSVP

The Community Scholar Award

Elaine Hyshka, PhD (’07 BA, ’16 PhD)

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Elaine Hyshka approaches the issue of substance use through a public health lens. A committed and engaged scholar, she works with policymakers, healthcare providers, and public health organizations within Edmonton and across the country to conduct research and improve health services. In addition to her faculty position, she is currently the Scientific Director of the Inner City Health and Wellness Program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. She undertook one of largest and most extensive drug use studies in Edmonton to date, and looks to redefine the healthcare experience for people living with substance use disorders.

 
The Community Leader Award

University Health Centre Nursing Team

Crystal Hoven, Carly Lang, Terry Scott, Melissa Williams, Beth Woytas

When more than 1200 evacuees took shelter at Lister Hall following the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, the University Health Centre nursing team was among the first groups on campus to mobilize. The team quickly set up a triage station, providing essential medical and emotional support for the displaced persons whose lives had been devastated by the fire. As the crisis progressed, the nursing team unwaveringly gave of themselves, using their own time and resources to secure medications and supplies. Their dedication was integral to welcoming and supporting Fort McMurray evacuees at the University of Alberta.

 
The UAlberta Advocate Award

Shirley Ross, PhD (’75 BSc, ’99 MSc, ’03 PhD)

Professor Emerita, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Shirley Ross is an instrumental volunteer at the U of A’s Green and Gold Community Garden. Since 2011, she has helped to plan crop rotations, source seeds and equipment, apply for grants, and coordinate teams of volunteers to care for the plants. She shares her experience and knowledge freely, and is a friend and mentor to everyone involved in the project. The garden’s vegetables are harvested and sold, with proceeds going to the Tubahumurize Association – a non-profit organization supporting marginalized and victimized women in Rwanda. Under Shirley’s guidance, the garden has raised more than $250,000 for Tubahumurize.