BC Medical Association

BC Medical Association

March 29, 2006 17:38 ET

BC Medical Association Seeks Nominations for Excellence in Health Promotion Awards

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2006) - The BC Medical Association (BCMA) is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Excellence in Health Promotion Awards. Through this award, BC doctors honour the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations making a positive impact on the long-term health and safety of British Columbians. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2006.

"We believe it's important to recognize those who are making outstanding contributions to improve the health of British Columbians," said Dr. Bill Mackie, chair of the BCMA Council on Health Promotion. "Many doctors today chose to enter medicine because they wanted to promote health. We are encouraged by others who are taking up health promotion projects and we are happy to support the work of these groups and individuals in our communities."

Past award recipients include:

- Lloyd Craig - President and CEO of Coast Capital Savings, for his work in promoting awareness about Depression and other mental illnesses.

- Anne Nickerson - A leader in education and awareness work on E.coli and Kidney Disease.

- Geriatric Dentistry Program, Providence Health - A program that seeks to meet the dental needs of frail seniors in residential care.

- City of Port Moody - The first Canadian municipality to enforce helmet use by skateboarders, and the first municipality in North America to create a bike trials park in an urban environment.

This year the award will be presented to an individual, a non-profit organization, and a local corporation.

Award recipients have contributed toward improvements in health and safety through clearly identified actions or initiatives. Corporate nominees must have been operating for a least one year in BC and individual nominees must be residents of BC. Self-nominations are permitted in all categories.

For nomination forms and more information contact Linda Munro at 604-638-2881 or 1-800-665-2262 ext. 2881, e-mail lmunro@bcma.bc.ca, or visit www.bcma.org.

BCMA established the Council on Health Promotion in 1957 in recognition of the need to address health issues affecting British Columbians. The Council focuses on long-term and topical issues related to community health promotion.

Contact Information