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2024 AAG Scholarships and Awards

There are changes to the AAG Scholarships and Awards this year as a result of our organizational structure changes approved at the last AGM as well as recommendations from the AAG Culture Change project! Deadline for applications and nominations will be April 12, 2024. Successful scholarship/bursary applicants and award nominees will be announced at the AGM June 2024.

Vivien Lai Change Maker Awards

New this year are the Vivian Lai Change Maker Awards, one of the recommendations from the Alberta Association on Gerontology’s (AAG) Future Policy Forum/Culture Change Project and Stakeholder Collaborative Committee. Vivian Lai had a long career with the Alberta Government in planning and policy development that shaped the continuing care system. She worked to ensure that Alberta’s Continuing Care System focused on quality of life for staff and Albertans needing care. She was a committed and influential member of AAG, having served as President of the Edmonton Chapter and the Alberta Board. Vivien was a visionary leader on the Alberta Association on Gerontology’s (AAG) Future Policy Forum/Culture Change Project and Stakeholder Collaborative Committee initiatives where she sought to foster a culture and community conducive to change. Her contributions will have influence on the evolution of continuing care and health aging in Alberta, as well as on those individuals who had the honor of working along side her on many projects and initiatives.

There will be two change maker awards open for nominations of individuals or teams to recognize merit in support of Alberta’s transformative journey.  The awards are focused on priority themes for transformation

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Award 1: Service Delivery Innovation

Innovations should address one or both of the following:

  • Implementing Culture Change for person-centered practice or delivery, focused on meaningful engagement with older Albertans making a difference in the individual’s quality of lived experience, appreciating differences, and creating an age-positive culture including integrating family caregivers into practice
  • Developing new staffing or education models that create both quality of life for individuals & family care partners and work with meaning for staff and/or expand education programming closer to students in collaboration between educators and providers

Other award criteria:

  • Demonstrate collaborative engagement—cross-sectoral initiative; multi-party implementation; citizen engagement
  • Development based on knowledge mobilization as well as integration of evidence and experiential insights
  • Clarity of intent and impact measures
  • Nominees should be front-line transformational leaders or service and support/service development teams, rather than senior organization administrators
  • Nominees from rural as well as urban settings, small organizations as well as large are encouraged

Award recipients will receive a plaque and be featured in the AAG Website “News and Views”. Nominees who are not recipients will receive a certificate of recognition.

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Award 2: Community Focused Engagement & Service Development

Initiatives should address one or both of the following:

  • Movement from a focus on inputs (e.g. health system, payers, buildings and clinicians) to a focus on people in communities
  • Embrace cross-sectoral actions as key to integrated community systems and connections that enhance access to community services

Other award criteria:

  • Demonstrate collaborative engagement—cross-sectoral initiative; multi-party implementation; citizen engagement
  • Development based on knowledge mobilization as well as integration of evidence and experiential insights
  • Clarity of intent and impact measures
  • Nominees should be front-line transformational leaders or service and support/service development teams, rather than senior organization administrators
  • Nominees from rural as well as urban settings, small organizations as well as large are encouraged

Award recipients will receive a plaque and be featured in the AAG Website “News and Views”. Nominees who are not recipients will receive a certificate of recognition.

Health Care Aide Student Bursary

The Alberta Association on Gerontology Provincial Board is pleased to announce that we will offer our Health Care Aide Student Bursary for a second year. We will be awarding one bursary of $1000.00 to an individual currently enrolled in or accepted to a licensed Health Care Aide certificate program in Alberta.

Provincial Graduate Student Awards

This year the Alberta Association on Gerontology Provincial Board is pleased to sponsor two awards to be given to graduate students in Alberta who have an interest in any aspect of aging. The award is to assist with costs associated with coursework, research or attendance at a workshop/conference. One will be for students at enrolled in a Master’s program, the second for a student enrolled in a PhD program. Each scholarship will be $1000.00.

Mary Morrison Davis Award

Mary Morrison Davis was born in Alberta and lived and worked in the province for most of her life. She was a professional social worker with veterans in Edmonton and is recognized as a pioneer in gerontological services. After her death, the AAG Board decided to rename its Award of Excellence the Mary Morrison Davis Award in recognition of this exemplary champion of aging and older people.

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Alberta Association on Gerontology (AAG) or to the field of gerontology. The recipient receives a certificate and Honourary Life Membership in the AAG.