Past Award Recipients

CANR 2017 Nursing Student Abstract Award

 This year Saige Godberson  (University of Alberta) (right) was awarded $500.00 by CANR for her submission to the CNSA Annual Meeting and Convention in Winnipeg. Her poster abstract was titled: Conflicting Paradigms: A Secondary Analysis Examining LTC and EMS Interactions during Resident.

The presentation was made by  Sheren Anwar Saini, VP of CNSA


CANR 2016 Graduate Student Rising Star Award

Kendra award

Kendra Rieger, PhD © University of Manitoba

Caroline Park, RN PhD, Chair Awards Committee


Of course, our students do not succeed without immense support. Pictured with Kendra and Dr. Park are (left) Dr. Bev Temple, Manitoba rep on the CANR Board, and (right) Kendra’s supervisor Dr. Wanda Chernomas.

Kendra and support

This presentation occurred at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg during the U of M, College of Nursing, Researcher in Residence Week.

Kendra is studying Nursing Students’ Experiences with Arts-based Pedagogy.


CANR 2015 Nursing Student Abstract Award

Leah Carrier

This year Leah Carrier (Dalhousie University) (left) was awarded $500.00 by CANR for her submission to the CNSA Annual Meeting and Convention in Sault Ste Marie. The presentation was made by  Sheren Anwar Saini, Student Representative on CANR Board .

CANR/Memorial 2015

Glenys Moran, nurse educator in the BN (Collaborative) Program in Newfoundland & Labrador, was awarded, along with her team (Denise English, Patricia Grainger, Sandra Small, and Geri Cashin) best poster by CANR during the recent nursing research conference held at Memorial University. Dr. Caroline Porr, on behalf of CANR, and pre-eminent nurse researcher and conference Keynote, Dr. Janice Morse, chose their poster entitled, Incivility in Nursing Education: The Perceptions of Nursing Faculty.

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CANR/UofM 2015

The winner of the 2015 Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research/ Winnipeg Regional Health Association and CANR Conference Poster Award is

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CANR/UNB Awards 2015


Best Poster Award went to Dr. Loretta Secco for her poster entitled “Awakened Maternal Identify and Leaving IPV for the Child: Mothers’ Stories of Turning Points”.    Dr. Secco is a Professor with the Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick (Fredericton).

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Best Abstract Award went to Megan Williams for her work entitled “Meanings of Sexuality after Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy: The Lived Experience of Women with Breast Cancer.” Ms. Williams is a Master of Nursing Student currently working on her thesis.  Megan Williams

CANR 2015 Nursing Student Abstract Award

This year Janson Chan (BScN, York University, 2015) was awarded $500.00 by CANR for his submission to the CNSA Annual Meeting and Convention in Regina.

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Janson is the President and Founder of Autism Teenage Partnership.



CANR Award Recipients for 2014

Dawn award

2014 CANR Outstanding New Investigator Award- Dr. Dawn Kingston 


Kathleen award

2014 CANR Practitioner-Researcher Award- Dr. Kathleen Hunter

2012 Recipients

  • Fatima Al Sayah – 2012 CANR Rising Star Graduate Student Research Award
  • Dr. Genevieve Thompson– 2012 CANR Outstanding New Investigator Award
  • Dr. Wendy Duggleby– 2012 CANR Nurse Researcher Award

Joint CANR and CNSA Award 2011

The Canadian Association of Nursing Research and CNSA Joint Award of $1000.00 is awarded to one student in their second year or higher in a Canadian nursing degree program. Students are invited to submit an Abstract for a paper presentation which will be reviewed by a scientific review committee. The successful student will present their paper (research or non-research based) at the CNSA National Conference.

Award 2011

This years winner of the joint CANR and CNSA Award, valued at $1000 is Margaret Sarri (right), University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Presenting the award (left) Cyndi Jones, Director of Communications (St. Lawrence College – Kingston Campus/Laurentian University)


2010 CANR/CNSA Award

This years CANR/CNSA student award winner is Deivi Gaitan, University of Western Ontario, School of Nursing

Title: The Latin American Nursing Student Mission (LANSM)
Conference: Canadian Nursing Students’ Association National Conference
Theme: Moving Forward, Change is Here!
January 26-30, 2010, Hilton Hotel, Quebec City, QC


2008 CANR Research Award Recipients

Promotion of Research Based Practice Award – Judith A. Ritchie, RN PhD
Practitioner/Research Award – Jeanne Scotland, RN BN NNP
Outstanding New Investigator Award – Pammla Petrucka, RN PhD
Nurse Researcher Award – Kathryn King, RN PhD
Nurse Researcher Award – Roberta Woodgate, RN PhD


Promotion of Research Based Practice Award

Judith A. Ritchie, RN PhD

McGill University Health Centre, Associate Director for Nursing Research (5-site appointment)
McGill University, School of Nursing

A few of her notable accomplishments include:

  • Putting into place guidelines for maintaining skin integrity, preventing falls, and managing pain on 18 nursing units
  • Establishing a collaborative university/hospital partnership for developing academic nursing practice
  • Working with CNS at MUHC to develop their research supervision skills
  • Mentoring of numerous graduate students
  • As a Member at Large for CNA, set the guidelines for the ethical conduct of nursing research before other guidelines were widely available
  • As President of CNA, represented nursing at the National Forum on Health and brought national attention to the working environment of nurses
  • Numerous publications and presentations
  • Has received several millions in dollars in research funding

Practitioner-Researcher Award

Jeanne Scotland, RN BN NNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Calgary Health Region, Calgary AB
A few of her accomplishments include:

  • Development and implementation of an evidence-based infant feeding in neonatal and infant units across four city hospitals
  • Obtained funding for implementation of the program
  • Publishing of a manuscript on the protocol
  • Prepared DVDs for the protocol that are being sold across North America
  • Received funding for a study examining sound levels in NICU
  • Actively involved in research integration into practice.

Outstanding New Investigator Award

Pammla Petrucka, RN PhD

Associate Professor, School of Nursing
University of Saskatchewan
She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2005 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2006. A few of her accomplishments include:

National and international funding; has received over $1 million in funding over the past 3 years as the primary investigator

  • Has a community development focus with vulnerable population; has been awarded over $440,000 from IDRC for research work in the Caribbean
  • Working with the Standing Buffalo First Nation
  • Mentor and very well respected by students
  • Has an “openness to community-based research approaches that is complemented by her rigor in ensuring that methodologies are congruent and sound”.
  • has a strong publication record at this time.

Nurse Researcher Award

Kathryn King, RN PhD

Professor, Faculty of Nursing
University of Calgary
A few of her accomplishments include:

  • has been considered a pioneer in cardiovascular nursing research in Canada
  • a national leader and mentor to cardiovascular nurse scientists and graduate students through the Facilitating Unique Training Using Research and Education (FUTURE).
  • Has a career span of 16 years with numerous publications, particularly as first author
  • Has been instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing a national strategy to increase capacity in cardiovascular nursing research
  • Holds a number of adjunct and joint appointments with other faculties and other universities.

Roberta Woodgate, RN PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
University of Manitoba
A few of her accomplishments include:

  • Completed her PhD in 2001 and has proven to be a prolific scholar already
  • Considered to be one of the leading international researchers in the field of nursing of children with cancer
  • Her dissertation study resulted in new discoveries about childhood cancer and cancer symptoms, and gave a ‘voice’ to children with cancer and their families
  • Appointed to the National Advisory Board for the Development of Best Practices for Research involving Children and Adolescents: Filling the Knowledge Gaps by the National Council on Ethics in Human Research
  • Recently received the CNA “Nurse to Know” Centennial Achievement Award
  • Has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 conference and scholarly presentations.
  • Has supervised and mentored over 30 graduate students
  • Has obtained over $1 million in research funding.



Recipients of CANR Awards of Research Excellence for 2006

Nurse Researcher Award – Dr. C. Céleste Johnston, RN DEd
Promotion of Research Based Practice Award – Dr. Louise Ann Jensen, RN PhD
Practitioner/Research Award – Allison Husband, RN MN CDE
Outstanding New Investigator Award – Dr. Michelle Lobchuk, RN PhD

Nurse Researcher Award for 2006

Dr. C. Céleste Johnston, RN DEd

Associate Director for Research, School of Nursing, McGill University
James McGill Professor (2002-2009)

She has developed an exemplary career as a researcher in the field of pain. “Her work is remarkable in its strong clinical nature, while at the same time incorporating a variety of quantitative measures of a highly personal phenomenon”. “One of the most significant features of her research program is that it developed from the questions and dilemmas of staff nurses caring for very ill infants. She has systematically provided strong evidence about the best ways to assess neonates, the effects of pain on the neonate, and the effectiveness of various nursing interventions to alleviate or moderate the pain. She is an integral and highly respected member of the faculty in a Canada-wide training centre in pediatric pain research (PICH).”

Promotion of Research Based Practice Award for 2006

Dr. Louise Ann Jensen, RN PhD

Professor, University of Alberta
Associate in Nursing (Cardiac Sciences, Capital Health Region)
Her research program examines health-related outcomes in acute coronary syndromes, with a methodological and measurement focus.

“Many of the studies that she has been involved in have provided the foundation for significant practice changes or identified areas in which nursing research could have a significant impact in improving patient care”.

“Louise has been instrumental in supporting and encouraging graduate nursing students to develop their knowledge and skills at an advanced level, and thus contribute to the overall well-being of patients in many different areas within cardiovascular nursing. She leads by example, as she consistently strives to improve her own knowledge within the cardiovascular field, while sharing her knowledge and expertise with her students”.

“through her participation in the Cardiac Sciences program, she has directly influenced the capacity for nurses with Cardiac Sciences to implement research based findings in their practice and has stimulated the development of a number of practice protocols.”


Practitioner/Research Award for 2006

Allison Husband, RN MN CDE

Nurse Clinician, Diabetes Clinic, Alberta Children’s Hospital

Mrs. Husband has been working as a diabetes nurse educator at the Alberta Children’s Hospital for more than 10 years. She has been successful at obtaining grants from both local sources and the Canadian Diabetes Association as primary investigator. She has presented at national meetings and published the results of her first study on the use of a CD-ROM to educate teachers of children with diabetes.

“Allison is an inspiration in our clinic with regards to research. She remains aware of current research and uses it to lead us in our clinical practice”.


Outstanding New Investigator Award for 2006

Dr. Michelle Lobchuk, RN PhD

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba
Since 2003 when she began her probationary appointment, Dr. Lobchuk has moved swiftly to establish herself as an independent researcher and an emerging leader in the field of family caregiving and lung cancer patients. Her current research program consists of a series of nationally funded studies that build on her graduate and doctoral work. Michelle’s work on perspective taking emerges from a strong theoretical base. She is able to harness the theories emerging from cognitive and social psychology to study problems of importance in the field of cancer nursing. She has published in top ranking oncology journals in the world.