Volunteer Awards

All across Canada, volunteers just like you are making a difference in people’s lives. From encouraging discovery in the students you teach to inspiring awe among your peers — and even sparking the ideas of other volunteers!!

Each year, Let's Talk Science honours the efforts of our outreach volunteers with our prestigious National Volunteer Award, Site Coordinator of the Year Award, and CIHR-Synapse Award.

Congratulations to the 2013 Award Winners:

  • Let's Talk Science Outreach Site Coordinator Award: Frances Lasowski, McMaster University
  • National Volunteer Award, Let's Talk Science Outreach: Li Wang, University of Saskatchewan
  • Let's Talk Science CIHR-Synapse Award: Tamara Bodnar and Parker Holman, University of British Columbia

Who were our past award winners? Click here to find out more about them!


National Volunteer Award, Let's Talk Science Outreach
The annual National Volunteer Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer who is passionate about science, committed to enhancing science education through effective communication, innovation in approach and activities, and is a positive role model for children and teens.

banquet12Recipients of this award receive:

  • An engraved award
  • A cash award of $300
  • An expense-paid trip to the National Let's Talk Science Banquet
  • Their profile on the Let’s Talk Science website (click here to read our 2013 recipient's story)

All volunteers, educators and coordinators may nominate outreach volunteers for the award. Nominating a volunteer not only recognizes their efforts, but also highlights the program at your local campus and increases awareness in your community.

Do you know an outstanding Let's Talk Science volunteer volunteer? Nominate them! For more information, contact our National Coordinator.


Let's Talk Science Outreach Site Coordinator Award
The annual National Site Coordinator Award recognizes an outstanding Site Coordinator that is passionate about science and science outreach and is committed to strengthening and developing their site locally, while thinking nationally. The recipient demonstrates excellent communication, administrative and volunteer management skills, while being positive role models to volunteers and youth. All volunteers, educators and coordinators may nominate outreach volunteers for the award — self-nominations are also welcome.

banquet10Recipients of this award receive:

  • An engraved award
  • A cash award of $350
  • A program/project development grant of $250 for their site
  • Their profile on the Let’s Talk Science website (click here to read our 2013 recipient's story)
  • An expense paid trip to the National Let's Talk Science Conference

Do you know an outstanding Site Coordinator who has contributed to the uniqueness and development of their site? Nominate them! For more information, contact our National Coordinator.


CIHR-Synapse Award
The annual CIHR-Synapse Award recognizes an outstanding and innovative health research-related activity done by a Let's Talk Science volunteer(s). The activity for which they are nominated must relate to health research, but the volunteers do not have to be registered in a health-related program at their post-secondary institution. They must have also been trained using Science with Impact®.

banquet9Recipients of this award receive:

  • An engraved award 
  • A cash award of $150
  • An expense-paid trip to the National Let's Talk Science Banquet
  • Their profile on the Let’s Talk Science website (click here to read our 2013 recipient's story)

Site coordinators may nominate outreach volunteers for the award. For more information, contact our National Coordinator.


Previous Let's Talk Science Award Recipients

National Volunteer Award
2013 - Li Wang, University of Saskatchewan
2012 - Gabriel Potvin, University of Ottawa
2011 - Sara Rafferty, University of Ottawa
2010 - Marc Chamberland, Carleton University
2009 – Rena Tabata, University of British Columbia
2008 – Mathieu Frenette, University of Ottawa
2007 – Jason Peterson, Simon Fraser University
2007 – Rachel Moll, University of British Columbia
2006 – Derrick Randall, University of British Columbia
2005 – Isabel Deslauriers, McGill University
2004 – Karine Lortie, University of Ottawa
2003 – Paul Yip, University of Toronto
2002 – Jackie Sandoz, University of Ottawa

Site Coordinator of the Year Award
2013 - Frances Lasowski, McMaster University
2012 - Megan Dodd, McMaster University

2011 - Julie Mason, University of Toronto, St. George campus
2010 - David Tang, University of Manitoba
2009 – Robert Smith, Carleton University

2008 – Steve Penney, Memorial University of Newfoundland
2007 – Shannon Obradovich, Memorial University of Newfoundland

CIHR-Synapse Award
2013 - Tamara Bodnar and Parker Holman, University of British Columbia
2012 - Merujah Sivalingam, University of Toronto, Scarborough

2011 - Alessandra Pasut, University of Ottawa
2010 - Natalie Andrews, University of Ottawa
2009 – Angela Alberga, University of Ottawa

 
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