Updated November 18, 2013
By Aisling Gamble
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. As part of her Diamond Jubilee, many deserving Canadians were, and continue to be, recognized for their contributions to Canada.
On November 11, 2013, Gregor Wolbring, PhD, associate professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, and a member of the Institute for Public Health, was presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal for his tireless and impactful work in the areas of ability and ableism ethics and governance; the history of thalidomide and thalidomiders and disability studies.
Three very respected members of the Faculty of Medicine and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health were awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in a special ceremony held on March 26, 2013. The Arthritis Society, in partnership with the McCaig Institute presented Dr. Cy Frank, Dr. Dianne Mosher and Dr. John Matyas with the medal for their outstanding contributions in the field of Arthritis research. Members of the McCaig family attended this very special presentation along with many other special guests, the Arthritis Society, Faculty and trainees.
The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta awarded Ardene Robinson Vollman, PhD, RN, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal at a ceremony honouring six outstanding Alberta registered nurses on Jan. 25, 2013. Vollman is a health and evaluation consultant and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences. A founding member of the University of Calgary Community Health Nursing Research Unit, she also chaired the university’s Health Promotioner Research Group which embraced health promotion researchers from multiple disciplines within the university and the community. Her research has focused on vulnerable populations, communicable diseases and health promotion.
Dr. David Hanley, a professor of medicine and longtime member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada received the Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions to Osteoporosis Canada, and to osteoporosis research, education and patient care in Canada.
Zaheed Damani, a student enrolled in the Leaders in Medicine (MD/PhD) program and is currently completing his PhD in Health Services Research in the Department of Community Health Sciences, has received the Jubilee Medal for his dedication, committment and initiatives to represent youth and the youth voice at the local, national and international level.
Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio, PhD, was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony at the University of Toronto. An adjunct associate professor, biochemistry and molecular biology, and a professor within the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, Arcellana-Panlilio is being recognized for her many years of community work with the Asian Heritage Foundation, whose vision is to create a society that is inclusive and reflective of all cultures.
Dr. Tom Noseworthy, former head of the Department of Community Health Sciences and the University of Calgary’s 2012 Lecture of a Lifetime designate, was also awarded the prestigious medal by virtue of his membership in the Order of Canada, which he received in 2008.
As did Dr. Garnette Sutherland, Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Dr. Sutherland was honoured with the Order of Canada earlier this year and has made news around the world over the past decade for leading the team that developed the neuroArm—the world’s first MRI-compatible surgical robot capable of both microsurgery and image guided biopsy.
The Order of Canada acknowledges people in all sectors of Canadian society who have enriched the lives of many and dedicated their time and service to the community and nation.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a program administered by the Chancellery of Honours as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, is a tangible way for Canada to honour the service of Her Majesty and to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
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