CANN Award

Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Nursing

CANN logo - neuroscience nurses association award page

This annual award is presented to a member of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) who demonstrates excellence in neuroscience nursing related to brain tumours. Established in honour of Pamela Del Maestro, RN, BSc, CANN member and a co-founder of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, the award includes the publication of the winner’s paper in the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

Award Amount: $1,500.00 (along with a framed recognition certificate).  For complete information about applying for this award, please visit: www.cann.ca.

2017 CANN Award

No applicants were eligible for the award. To learn more about the 2018 application process, please visit the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses website: http://cann.ca/btf-award-for-excellence-in-neuroscience-nursing

Intent to seek award and abstract submission deadline for the 2018 conference will be January 1, 2018.

2016 CANN Award Winner

CANN Award Winner 2016, Andrea NeufeldAndrea Neufeld, MScN, RN(EC), Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital, London, Ontario is the winner of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Practice. The award was presented to Andrea at the CANN 47th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session in London Ontario on June 15, 2016. Her presentation was titled “Brain Tumors in Young Children: What’s New and What’s Different” (read a PDF).

“I am very proud and honoured to accept this award from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, that was named in honour of Pam Del Maestro. I had the pleasure of working with Pam as a colleague and friend for many years at Children’s in caring for our neuroscience patients and their families. I hope that Pam’s qualities of compassion, humor, warmth, support, advocacy and patient education are evident in my practice. The children and families facing brain tumour diagnosis with whom I work have taught me about resilience and hope in the face of uncertainty and the importance of celebrating the here and now. I am fortunate to be a member of the broad multidisciplinary team at Children’s/LHSC dedicated to helping children and families on their brain tumour journey where the medical and psychosocial care are equally valued.”

The monetary portion of this award will be put towards attendance at a future neuroscience conference. 

2015 CANN Award Winner

2015 CANN Award WinnerThe winner of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Neuroscience is Catherine-Anne Miller, BScN, MHSc. Clinical Nurse Specialist, The MUHC Brain Tumour Program at the Montreal Neurological Hospital in Montreal. The award was presented to Catherine-Anne at the 46th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in St. John’s, NL. Catherine-Anne’s presentation was titled “Pseudoprogression and Radiation Necrosis in High-Grade Glioma Patients: Nursing considerations in the context of uncertainty “and her paper will be published in an upcoming edition of the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

"I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for this award. Uncertainty is a key theme in the experience of patients with brain tumours. It has been a pleasure to learn more about this uncertainty in the light of treatment-related imaging changes and to share what I have learned. Through the years, as a specialized nurse, I have had the privilege of walking alongside patients and their families as they face a brain tumour diagnosis. They have taught me about resilience and hope. Not only have my patients and their families taught me about how to become a better nurse, their stories and their evident courage in the face of uncertainty impact on how I personally face the daily uncertainties of life. The monetary award will facilitate my participation in other conferences and professional development activities, such as the 2015 Canadian Association of Nurses of Oncology (CANO) conference in Ottawa where I will be presenting."  

2014 CANN Award Winner

Dr Brenda Sabo - winner of 2014 CANN awardThe winner of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Neuroscience is Dr. Brenda Sabo, RN, PhD. Associate Professor, Dalhousie University School of Nursing, Senior Scientist, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, Psychotherapist, Cancer Care Program, Capital District Health Authority. The award was presented to Dr. Sabo on June 4th, 2014 at the 45th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Banff, AB.

Dr. Sabo’s presentation was titled “Primary Malignant Brain Tumours and the Couple Experience: Recurrent Themes “and her paper will be published in an upcoming edition of the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for their recognition of the work I do. It is an honor and privilege to not only provide therapy for brain tumour patients and their families but to undertake research that makes a difference in the quality of psychosocial care delivered to patients and families. The emotional and psychological impact of a diagnosis of a primary malignant brain tumour on patients and their spouses remains under-researched. Perhaps, more importantly, there is an urgent need to address the psychosocial, supportive care, palliative and end of life care inequities that appear to be a reality for this population. The work of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has stepped up and acknowledged the need and I am pleased to be a part of their initiative. The monetary award will be instrumental in supporting my ability to attend next year’s conference in Newfoundland. Additionally, I hope to be able to put some of the award towards purchasing books that will enhance the educational experience for my students. It is my hope that some of them will continue on after graduation to work with the primary malignant brain tumour population.”
 

2013 CANN Award Winners

2013 Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Serena Slater and Lianne LongoThe winners of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Neuroscience are Lianne Longo and Serena Slater, neuroscience nurses at the Montreal Neurological Institute. They received their award at the 44th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Montreal, Quebec on June 11, 2013.

Their presentation was called: “Challenges in Providing Culturally Sensitive Care to Patients with Metastatic Brain Tumours and their Families.” Serena and Lianne’s paper will be published in an upcoming edition of the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

"We would like to thank Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for this recognition. The case study we presented brought to light important cultural and ethical issues faced by a healthcare team while caring for a family coping with the end of life phase of a brain tumour patient. There are many nuanced complexities that patients and families continuously face following a brain tumour diagnosis and we hope we were able to give justice to this one family’s journey. We graciously accept this monetary award which we plan on utilizing for future CANN and related neuroscience conferences as well as the purchase of the brand new Canadian edition of Navigating Neuroscience Nursing: A Canadian Perspective for our neurosurgical unit at the Montreal Neurological Hospital."
 

2012 CANN Award

Unfortunately, there were no eligible applications for this award in 2012.

2011 CANN Award Winners

The winners of the 2011 Award for Excellence in Neuroscience are Emily Parent and Lauren Scott of Sick Kids Toronto. They received their award at the 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Vancouver, BC in June. Their paper was called: "Paediatric Posterior Fossa Syndrome (PFS): Nursing Strategies in the Post-Operative Period." It will be published in an upcoming edition of the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

 

2010 CANN Award Winners

The winners of the 2010 Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Nursing are Dzigbordi Bankas, Beverly Espedido, Arbelle Manicat-Emo and Laura Bradbury of Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. The award was presented for their paper, "Truth-telling and an adolescent diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour: Who are we protecting?”. The paper will be published in the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing in Fall 2010.

Photo: The 2010 CANN Award winners are pictured left to right - Dzigbordi Bankas; Beverly Espedido; Janic Gorayeb, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada; Arbelle Manicat-Emo and Laura Bradbury


2009 CANN Award Winner

Linda Clarke was the recipient of the 2009 Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Award for her paper, “Neurofibromatosis 2 – A Family Journey.” The paper was published in the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nurses. Linda’s involvement with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada over the years has been remarkable. Linda has co-chaired the Spring Sprint program and has been continuously involved in supporting our Information Day program. With Linda’s recommendations of our programs and services to patients, families and the health care community, Linda has truly been an ambassador for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Photo: Linda Clarke, 2009 CANN Award Winner

There is one role however that stands out the most and that is the role she has had as Co-Facilitator for our Halifax Support Group. For eight years, patients and families in the Halifax area have benefited from her expertise, her passion and especially her kindness as they travel their own journey with a brain tumour.

Congratulations to Linda and thank you to all of the dedicated nurses who do so much every day in the fight against this devastating disease.

2008 Recipient Winners

In 2008, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is proud to announce that Lisa Pearlman, Kerry Hunter and Alison McVittie were selected by the Scientific Committee for the Brain Tumour Foundation Award for their case report: “Discharge Management of an Adolescent Female With Medulloblastoma and Posterior Fossa Syndrome.” Their paper will be published in the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nurses in the next few months. Congratulations and thank you so much to all the dedicated nurses who do so much in the fight against this devastating disease.

Photo: Kerry Hunter, Lisa Pearlman, Janic Gorayeb (Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada) and Alison McVittie

 

2007 Recipient Winners

Natalie Berkiw, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s Information and Education Services Specialist, was delighted to present this year’s Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) award to Wendy Blackburn, Grace Leung, and Catherine Morash (absent from photo) from Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre.

The annual award recognizes excellence in the area of neuro-oncology nursing and was established in honour of Pamela Del Maestro, a co-founder of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. This year’s CANN conference took place on June 22nd in Edmonton, Alberta. Congratulations to Wendy, Grace, and Catherine for their continued commitment to those affected by a brain tumour.

 

2006 Recipient

The recipient of the 2006 Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Award was Yasmin Khalili, the Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Brain Tumour Program at the Montreal Neurological Hospital. Her paper "Ongoing Transitions: the impact of a malignant brain tumour on patient and family," was presented at the CANN conference in Montreal, June 16, 2006.

Photo: Winner Yasmin Khalili (left) with Natalie Berkiw

 

 

 

Visit the CANN Awards web page to learn more about the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Nursing.

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