2018 CAHN-ACHN Scholarship and Award Winners



Two CAHN-ACHN Allemang Scholarship awards went to:

Geneviève McCready, PhD Student, Nursing History Research Unit/ l’Unité de recherche sur l’histoire du nursing de l’université d’Ottawa, supervisor Dr. Marie-Claude Thifault, for the project: Soigner le corps social : savoirs des infirmières francophones soutenues par le Clergé catholique et oeuvrant dans les communautés du Canada (1934-1959). [The project explores the influence and role of the Catholic Church on changes in nursing beyond institutions and in the development of community-based care, specifically, for the time period 1934-1959.]

David Hrag Yacoubian, PhD Student, School of Nursing, UBC, supervisor Dr. Geertje Boschma, for the project: Canadian Nurses’ Global-Transnational Leadership to Confront Genocide: The Case of the Armenian Genocide [Le direction des infirmières Canadienne en cas d’affronter genocide: Le cas du génocide Armenienne].

Two Vera Roberts Research Awards went to:

Dr. Matthew S. Wiseman, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Toronto, for the project: “Frontier Healthcare: Nursing at the Fort Churchill Military Hospital, 1948-1984”

Awarded for a historical research study about nursing at the Fort Churchill military hospital. Between 1948 and 1984, Fort Churchill was Canada’s northernmost military base. Located on the shore of Hudson Bay in Manitoba’s northeast corner, the base served as a gateway to the Canadian Arctic and hub for northern medicine. The base hospital accommodated the medical needs of service personnel and local population. The hospital facilitated the training and placement of nurses throughout the Eastern Canadian Arctic, and the federal government regularly transferred patients from Arctic locations south to the military hospital. While nurses at the base hospital served as some of Canada’s northernmost outpost workers, little scholarly research is available on the history of nursing at Fort Churchill. This project seeks to address gaps in the current literature of northern outpost nursing through primary and oral history research conducted in the Churchill, MB.

Dr. Alessandra Iozzo-Duval, Research Associate at the Nursing History Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, for the project: “Nursing the North”: Intersections of gender, race and visual culture in Canada’s North, 1900-1960.

Awarded for a historical and visual cultural analysis to examine photographs portraying nurses and nursing in Canada’s north (Yukon, Northwest Territories and what is now known as Nunavut) from 1900-1960. The photographs will be drawn from the image databases at the National Archives of Canada, Yukon Archives and Northwest Territories Archives and, where possible, from specific archival collections housed at the above-mentioned archives and available via online visual databases. This project will deepen current understandings of the gendered and cultural intersections surrounding the nursing and healthcare experience in Canada’s north.  At the same time, the proposed visual analysis will lend insight into the national narrative that was being constructed about Canada’s north and the people who lived and worked there.  Secondly, this project will take up a pedagogical question about the ways in which to extend a visual cultural analysis to the classroom, specifically to nursing students, as a way to teach critical historical skills which, I argue, extend well beyond histories of nursing but contribute to the development of intellectual rigour in nursing programs generally.

The 2018 Vicky Bach Memorial Prize/Prix Memorial for best student paper presented at the annual conference, went to Catherine Haney, PhD candidate, University of British Columbia School of Nursing, for her excellent paper on the history of abortion in Canadian nursing, entitled: Experienced, Compassionate, and with a Sense of Humour: Nurses’ work in support of abortion in Canadian freestanding abortion clinics, 1969-1988’


In 2018 CAHN-ACHN established an Award of Recognition, to recognize longstanding members for their sustained and meaningful contribution or their innovative role in furthering the goals and mandate of the organization. The Award of Recognition is applicable to a person who has been a long-standing member of the organization. It is made on the recommendation of a member of the Executive or members also can make a recommendation to the Executive.


We congratulate founding board member Barbara Keddy as the first recipient of this award.

Report by CAHN-ACHN Award Committee.