2013 Recipients

Lola Baydala

The Community Scholar Award – Dr. Lola Baydala

Associate Professor, Pediatrics; ’79 B (MedSci), ’81 MD

Dr. Lola Baydala is a pediatrician, U of A associate professor, and an advocate for the well-being of children. Her work goes far beyond her medical practice, focusing on the promotion and development of health education. It is rooted in a community-based participatory research approach. By inviting community members to share their beliefs, protocols, and input, she has helped Aboriginal communities such as the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, and Maskwacis Cree Nation, as well as the Edmonton Public schools, create child focused health programs. The programs she has helped to develop have been designed to meet the unique needs of each community in which she works.

Sharon Morsink

The Community Leader Award – Sharon Morsink

Associate Professor/Associate Chair Grad Studies; ’97 PhD (Physics)

Dr. Sharon Morsink is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Dr. Morsink and her team of student volunteers have coordinated the U of A’s campus observatory program, working together to make the observatory accessible for all ages. Members of the public are welcome to experience stargazing, free lectures, demonstrations, and observing on campus. Dr. Morsink has also served as a co-lead for SkyScan, a collaborative project with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre), where she helps bring astronomy workshops to local schools.

Renee Vaugeois

The UAlberta Advocacy Award – Renée Vaugeois

’04 MA (Political Science)

Ms. Renée Vaugeois is a graduate of the U of A’s Political Science department and the current Executive Director of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. She has helped to launch a number of human rights initiatives including the U of A’s Peace and Post Conflict Studies Certificate and Human Rights City Edmonton initiative, part of a UN-mandated program of which Edmonton was the first in North America. Ms. Vaugeois has spearheaded projects such as the Ainembabazi Children’s Project, the Ignite Change Now! Global Youth Assembly, and “Get Out and Stay Out” which was a two-day event held in conjunction with the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, connecting the U of A and its students with the global community.