The Community Scholar Award
Catherine Chan, PhD., and Rhonda Bell, PhD.
Professors, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
Catherine Chan and Rhonda Bell, professors of human nutrition in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, have used their scholarship to create The Pure Prairie Eating Plan to support people living with chronic disease. This meal planner and recipe book uses foods grown and consumed in the Prairie provinces, making it easy to use with readily available ingredients. The book has become an invaluable tool for health-care practitioners as well as individuals living with chronic disease, helping them live healthier lives while promoting food produced right here in our community.
The Community Leader Award
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advocacy Committee
Support Group for Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advocacy Committee was formed as a support group for Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry students struggling with issues related to their sexual orientation or gender. They expanded their reach by creating an annual professional conference that brings together speakers and experts to help health care professionals and the broader community understand issues experienced by the LGBTQ community. Their advocacy work has brought about change to the medical school curriculum, fostering a new generation of health-care professionals who are better informed, more sensitive, and better able to help change the lives of LGBTQ individuals throughout the community.
The UAlberta Advocate Award
Calder Bateman has captured the world’s attention in educating the public on the harmful impact of discrimination, prejudice and hate, particularly in the context of the LGBTQ community. Their creative work on the “Pride Tape” and NoHomophobes.com initiatives through the U of A’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) has brought international media coverage and attention to these issues. Calder Bateman’s work represents a selfless commitment to advance University of Alberta research and connections to communities locally, provincially, and internationally, and was performed completely as an in-kind donation of time, talent, and passion.