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2013 - Award and Grant Winners

29 Nov 2013 12:19 PM | Deleted user

CAGP Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry

The Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada award, Catherine Lynn Shea and Melissa Andrew.

Catherine Lynn Shea BSc, MD, FRCPC
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Dr. Shea has been extensively involved with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has played a crucial role in

achieving subspecialty recognition of Geriatric Psychiatry.

The leadership shown by Dr. Shea in this process was pivotal in achieving recognition, and is a testament to her commitment to advancing the field of Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada along both clinical and academic trajectories.

Dr. Shea continues to serve in the role of Co-Chair of the inaugural Royal College Specialty Committee in Geriatric Psychiatry, developing all specialty-related documents, accreditation standards, and criteria for the identification of practicing subspecialists eligible for certification via the Royal College’s Practice Eligibility route (PER-sub). She has also been dedicated to the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry by serving on the board of directors from 2000 to 2008, and acting as Vice-President and Education Chair during this time.

Through her tenure as Chair of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Shea has made some outstanding contributions, including the recruitment of the community of Geriatric Psychiatrists as members of the University of Ottawa, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. 

Dr. Shea has been an exemplary role model in her ability to adapt and balance her leadership, education and advocacy endeavours with her clinical activities. Her lifelong contributions to the field of geriatric psychiatry have had an extensive impact at a regional and national level and it is for these reasons we are pleased to present Dr. Shea with the CAGP Award for Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada.

Melissa Andrew MD, FRCPC
Kingston Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach Program
Providence Care – Mental Health Services

Dr. Andrew’s passion for education and contributions to geriatric psychiatry are most notable in her role as Co-Chair of the Specialty Committee in Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal College. Volunteering alongside Dr. Catherine Lynn Shea, she helped lead the application which achieved subspecialty recognition for geriatric psychiatry in Canada, a watershed moment for geriatric mental health in Canada.

Dr. Andrew is an active and highly regarded educator, providing supervision and mentorship for geriatric psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents and supervision of neurology and care of the elderly trainees. She leads the Kingston Geriatric Psychiatry Outreach program which provides support for community-dwelling older adults and has been active at Queen’s University in the postgraduate medical education as Director of Resident Affairs.

Dr. Andrew served on the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry’s Board of Directors between 2004 and 2012 serving in numerous roles during this time, including the education committee, CAGP’s representative on the CPA Council of Academies and as Vice-President.

Dr. Andrew’s tireless leadership, professionalism, and mentorship have inspired leaders and future leaders alike and it is for this reason that we are delighted to present her with the CAGP Award for Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada.

CAGP Geriatric Psychiatry Training and Resident Awards
2013 Geriatric Psychiatry Training Award:          

  • Dr. Holly Dornan, University of Ottawa

2013 Resident Award:               

  • Dr. Soojin Chun, University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Angela Golas, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Vanessa Thoo, Dalhousie University

CCD Future Leader (Geriatric Psychiatry) Award sponsored by Pfizer Canada
2013 Recipient:  Dr. Darrin Leung, University of Calgary

Three CCD Leader Awards are being presented to postgraduate residents from each of the following programs - Geriatric Psychiatry, Behavioural Neurology, and Geriatrics - who exhibit an extraordinary commitment in the area of dementia. Congratulations to Darrin Leung who was selected as the recipient of this award in geriatric psychiatry. 

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