Martha Groppo will receive an award for her project “Making the Periphery Central: Nursing, Rural Healthcare, and the Anglo World, 1887-1939.” Groppo looks at the interconnected networks of rural district nursing organizations and explores three Victorian Order of Nurses initiatives that targeted rural zones in Canada’s Northwest. Groppo is a doctoral candidate in the department of History at Princeton University under the supervision of Linda Colley and David Cannadine.




A second award has been given to Sylvane Filice and her co-applicant Michelle Spadoni for “Nursing Lives of Francophone Community Health Nurses in Remote and Rural Northern Ontario.” Their project seeks to examine the nursing lives of Francophone community health nurse in remote and rural Northern Ontario and the meanings they assigned to their nursing practice in the region from 1940 to the present. Filice is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Lakehead University. Spadoni is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Lakehead University.

Past Winners: Word Document

2016 Peter Twohig, Saint Mary’s University

“Renegotiating Nursing Labour: Debating Scope of Pracitce and Labour Supply in Canada’s North, 1965-1980”

Jennifer Fraser, University of Toronto

“From Carcinomas to Eskimomas: Examing the Role of Indian Health Services in the Control of Circumpolar Cancer”

2015 Helen Vandenberg, University of Saskatchewan and Co-Applicants Lesley McBain, Geertje Boschma, and Laurie Meijer Drees

“Inventory of Archival Sources for Historical Research on Outpost Nursing and Remote Hospital History in Northwestern Canada, 1880-1960

Two books are now available from this project! Information available here.

2012 Lesley McBain

“Nursing in Northern ‘Company’ Health Care Facilities”

2011 Myra Rutherdale, York University

“‘We Wanted an Adventure’: Career Paths for Nurses in Northern Canada, 1930-1970”

2010 Kristin Burnett, Lakehead University with Geoff Hudson, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

“Follow-up study on the papers of Vera Roberts deposited at Lakehead University”

2008 Myra Rutherdale, York University

“Partners, patients, and place: Patterns of nursing experiences in Pangnirtung, 1930-1970”

Kristin Burnett, Lakehead University and Geoff Hudson, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

“The nursing career of Vera Roberts as health care provider in the far North”

Joyce McQueen

“Expenses for travel and research to prepare a biography of Vera Roberts”

Biography appeared in the CAHN Fall 2008 newsletter and is available here!

2007 Carol Helmstadter and Judith Young

Northern panel at CAHN/ACHN International Nursing History Conference