McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
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FHS Alumni Awards

Published: June 7, 2011
John Panabaker
John Panabaker

John Panabaker (BA ’50, MA ’54, LLD ’81) received the McMaster Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award at its annual awards ceremony and dinner in Convocation Hall, University Hall on June 2. The award is the association’s highest volunteer award which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedication to the association and its mission.

A former chancellor of McMaster University, Panabaker is the recipient of numerous other awards which include honorary degrees from McMaster, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. He has also received the McMaster Students Union Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership.

At the Convocation Hall ceremony, McMaster University President Patrick Deane was recognized with honorary membership in the association.

Faculty of Health Sciences recipients

Michael Hayes (BA’79, M.Sc. ’85, PhD ’89)
— Director of Health Education and Research, University of Victoria

His research interests involve social geographies of health, and health and public policy.  He is principal investigator of the urban Structure, Population Health and Public Policy project, a three year project aimed at estimating variations in health status throughout the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Anne-Marie Zajdlik (MD ’88)

A mother, family doctor and HIV physician in Guelph, Ont., she founded and now directs the Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health, in response to the growing numbers of HIV/AIDS patients in the Guelph area. In 2005, she launched the Bracelet of Hope campaign with a goal of raising $1 million in Guelph for the fight against the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.  With the help of over 100 volunteers, that goal was reached in October, 2008.

Jennifer Mitton (BScN ‘99, PhD ’07) — Arch Award Recipient

A front-line public health nurse, she focuses on the areas of substance abuse prevention, school health and tobacco cessation. Her accomplishments include the development of the Niagara Dance Safety Guidelines, formation and chair of the Ontario Public Health Marijuana Workgroup, development of the Hamilton Public Health Services Quit Smoking Clinic. She has presented papers and national and international meetings and undertaken qualitative research resulting in the theory “Staying in Control: Balancing Definitions of Self.” She also holds an appointment as an assistant clinical professor in McMaster’s School of Nursing.

Farhana Alam — Albert Lager Student Initiative Award

A second-year student in the midwifery program, her extracurricular activities include participation in the McMaster Student Union, McMaster Biology Society and the Midwifery Student Council. She also serves as a representative on the Midwifery Curriculum Committee and has served as a hospital volunteer and at various conferences.

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