Building Excellence Awards

The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Building Excellence Program provides annual funding to support professional development and educational opportunities for Alberta Health Services healthcare professionals in the area of cancer care with the intent of enhancing the patient experience to world class levels at the cancer centres throughout Alberta.


2017 Building Excellence Award

Dr. Solomon Levin Memorial Award

2017 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
ABOUT THE AWARD

The Dr. Solomon Levin Memorial Award Program was established in 2007 by the Alberta Cancer Foundation in partnership with the Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care at the Cross Cancer Institute in memory of Dr. Solomon Levin. The initial fund was created through the generosity of Dianne and Irving Kipnes in support of the award, as well as additional funds received in memory of Dr. Levin. This fund is now managed as an endowment fund by the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

The Dr. Solomon Levin Memorial Award is designed to promote knowledge and skills in Palliative Care for individuals employed within Alberta Health Services (AHS) whose role requires a purposeful focus on cancer care. It provides an exciting way for these individuals to develop their ability to provide comprehensive, competent and compassionate patient care.

Recipients of the Dr. Solomon Levin Memorial Award are eligible for financial assistance up to a maximum of $5,000 and will be chosen by a selection committee made up of representatives from a number of patient care disciplines. The funds are to be used to support professional growth and education for individuals employed within AHS whose role requires a purposeful focus on cancer care through the attendance of educational opportunities related to palliative care.

2016 Recipients

- Mr. Allan Brent Rosales - 21st International Congress on Palliative Care at Montreal, Quebec

- Mrs. Renee Lee - Victoria Hospice Palliative Care: Medical Intensive Course, Victoria, BC

Previous Award Recipients are:

2015
- Mr. Christopher Ralph - Pharmacy/Palliative Care - 21st International Congress on Palliative Care
- Mrs. Shela Ramji- Radiation Oncology - Victoria Hospice: Palliative Care Medical Intensive Course

2014
- Dr. Alysa Fairchild, Cross Cancer Institute - Site Visit - University of Waterloo & Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program

2013
- Lisa Bailey, Oncology/Palliative Care at Red Deer Regional Hospital - to attend Psychosocial Care of the Dying and Bereaved course
- Jenna Haugrud, Outpatient Clinics at TBCC – to attend Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference

2012
- Bronwen LeGuerrier, Radiation Therapist (CCI) - Specialty Palliative Radiation oncology Clinic site visit/training session
- Susan Horseman, Nurse Practioner, Radiation Oncology - site visit/training sessions to Odette Cancer Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital re: Rapid Response Clinics

2011
- Sonya Lowe, Department of Symptom Control & Palliative Care (CCI) - to attend CHEST conference

2010
- Brita Danielson, Department of Radiation Oncology (CCI) - to attend Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care
- Amy Driga, Department of Rehabilitation (CCI) - to attend Pressure Ulcer Management Workshop
- Shane Sinclair, Department of Spiritual Care Services (TBCC) - to support Post-Doctoral Fellowship at U of Manitoba

 

Marlene Mysak Oncology Staff Education Bursary

2017 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
ABOUT THE BURSARY

As the former Senior Leader of Clinical Services and Nursing Practice at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Marlene Mysak recognizes the value of staff development to ensure excellence in care and enhanced patient experience for all cancer patients and their families. Through her generosity, the Marlene Mysak Oncology Staff Education Bursary was established as part of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Building Excellence Program. This Program provides annual grants in support of professional development and educational opportunities related to enhancing patient care at cancer centres throughout Alberta for staff working with cancer patients and their families.

The Marlene Mysak Oncology Staff Education Bursary is available to all Alberta Health Services employees who currently work directly or indirectly with cancer patients and their families and who are based at either the Tom Baker Cancer Centre or Holy Cross Hospital site. Each year, the focus of the Award is aligned with one or more strategic priorities of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. For 2017, applications are invited from staff members including administrative support staff, who wish to attend approved conferences, workshops or other educational opportunities focusing in the area of ‘Improving the Patient Experience’.

The recipient of the Marlene Mysak Oncology Staff Education Bursary is eligible for financial assistance up to a maximum of $775 and will be chosen by a selection committee made up of representatives from the relevant areas for the application theme.

2016 Recipients

- Mrs. Naomi A. Franklin - Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology Conference 2017 “Do Something Astonishing” in Banff Alberta

Previous Bursary Recipients are:

2015
- Mrs. Jessica Dollard- Calgary Cancer Project- Tom Baker Cancer Centre - Masters of Arts in Leadership

2014
- Amanda L. Jacques, Tom Baker Cancer Centre - to attend Kukuna o Kala - Radiation Therapy Conference

2013
- Ceilidh Kinlin, Lymphodema & Rehab Program at TBCC – for Kinesio Taping in Canada course seminar

2012
- Lori Radke, Clinical Coordinator, Rehab & Lymphedema Program (Holy Cross) to attend 10th National Lymphedema Network International Conference

2011
- Shane Sinclair, Spiritual Care Coordinator (TBCC) to attend Science of Compassion Conference

2010
- Diane Jahraus, Radiation Oncology (TBCC) to attend CANO Conference

 

Award in Palliative Care (Cross Cancer Institute with preference to CCI Pain & Symptom Control Staff)

2017 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
ABOUT THE AWARD

The Building Excellence Award in Palliative Care is part of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Building Excellence Program, which provides annual support for individuals involved in providing care for cancer patients and their families. This award is designed to promote specialist-level knowledge and skills in palliative care for individuals employed by the Alberta Health Services directly working with patients with a focus on Palliative Care at the Cross Cancer Institute. The Award is primarily intended for non-physicians, although applications from physicians may be considered at the discretion of the award selection committee.

Recipients of the Award in Palliative Care are eligible for financial assistance up to a maximum of $2,500 and will be chosen by a selection committee made up of representatives from a number of patient care disciplines. These funds are to be used to support the professional growth and education of these individuals through attendance of educational opportunities related to palliative care. Recipients of this Award will be expected to use the knowledge and skills gained to enhance palliative care provided to patients and their families at the Cross Cancer Institute and potentially across the province.

2016 Recipient

- Mrs. Mary G. Michaud - ASCO Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, San Diego, USA

Previous Award Recipients

2015
- Mrs. Amy Driga - Rehabilitation Medicine - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

2014 
- Bronwen E. LeGuerrier, Cross Cancer Institute – to attend Victoria Hospice: Medical Ingensive Course
- Suzanne A Morton, Cross Cancer Institute – to attend A Legacy of Pride and Progress: 25th Annual Palliative Education and Research Days

 

Denise Melanson Bursary

2017 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
ABOUT THE BURSARY

This bursary is awarded in memory of Denise Melanson who died in August of 2006 as a result of a medication error. Denise, who was a 43-year-old wife and mother of three, worked with special needs children as a teaching assistant and she lived in Rainbow Lake, Alberta. Her story has prompted cancer care agencies across Canada to re-examine medication administration practices with the aim of reducing the possibility of a similar error affecting another patient.

The establishment of this bursary is one of many measures taken by Alberta Health Services to ensure an everlasting focus on patient safety in honor of Ms. Melanson.

This bursary was established as part of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Building Excellence Program and provides funding for two annual awards. All Alberta Health Services employees whose primary role is to provide care or service to cancer patients are eligible to apply for this annual award. The award may be used to attend approved conferences, workshops or other educational opportunities focusing on patient safety.

Recipients of the Alberta Cancer Foundation Denise Melanson Bursary are eligible for financial assistance up to a maximum of $3,000 and will be chosen by a selection committee made up of representatives from a number of patient care disciplines.

2016 Recipients

- Mr. Hamid Samavat - Training Course on Radiation Safety in Brachytherapy, Vienna, Austria

- Mr. Kristen M Dykalski - Canadian Respiratory Conference 2017/Ultrasound Course, Montreal, Quebec

Previous Bursary Recipients are:

2014
- Heather K. Warkentin, Cross cancer Institute to attend Canadian Winter School: Quality and Safety 1 Radiation Oncology

2013
- Susan Kimber, BMT Unit at TBCC – to attend 2014 BMT Tandem Meeting

2012
- Gail Campbell, Pharmacist (CCI) - to attend American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition
- Erin Molsberry, RN in Day Care Unit (CCI) - to attend National Patient Safety Foundation Annual Patient Safety Congress

2011
- Paula Langenhoff, Leader – Planning & Administration (CCI) - to attend IHI’s seminar “The Patient Experience: Improving Safety, Efficiency and HCAHPS through Patient Centered Care”
- Margaret Batz, Pharmacy Clinical Educator (CCI) - to attend American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Conference

2010
- Wayne Enders, Nurse Educator with the Community Cancer Network - to attend Canadian Health Safety Symposium 9
- Lindsay Ross, Quality Coordinator for the BMT Program - toward tuition for Certificate in Patient Safety & Quality at U of Calgary

 


 

Jaima Sheldon & Jacqueline Geller Award at the Cross Cancer Institute – Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

The Jaima Sheldon & Jacqueline Geller Bursary is part of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Building Excellence Program.

The Jaima Sheldon & Jacqueline Geller Award is to support Cross Cancer Institute – Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Based on assessed need, to be determined by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine on an annual basis, this award will provide funding for any of the following: Professional Staff Development/Education, Research or Equipment and specialized supplies to enhance patient care.

Individuals employed by AHS directly working with patients within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Cross Cancer Institute, AHS staff are eligible to apply for the Jaima, Sheldon & Jacqueline Geller Award. The award is $1,250.00 every year.

2016 Recipient

- Ms. Amy Driga - Caring for Care Giver Program

 

Louise Enns Award

The Louise Enns Award provides the laboratory research community at the Cross Cancer Institute with an opportunity each year to formally recognize an outstanding technologist who has been identified by their peers for this honour.

This $500 Award is to be used by the recipient for educational purposes which will include things such as conferences and related travel expenses, books, course materials or journals.

2016 Recipient

- Ms. Kate Agopsowicz

 

Linda & Wayne Sartore Award the Cross Cancer Institute

The Linda & Wayne Sartore Award is designed to promote knowledge and skill development for Daycare Unit Nurses at the Cross Cancer Institute to enhance their ability to deliver comprehensive, competent and compassionate patient care. The funds are used to support the professional growth and education of Cross Cancer Institute Daycare Unit nurses through attendance of educational opportunities related to patient care. The award is $1,250.00 every year.

2016 Recipient

- Ms. Anita Samoil - CANO Conference 2016

 

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