APNS Awards

Fellows of APNS

This award is a way of honouring those individuals who have made significant and enduring contributions to APNS. These are psychologists who have helped shape the Association and have contributed to the development of psychology in Nova Scotia. It is specific to those who are members of APNS. This award has been given since the late 1970s. 33 people have been named Fellow. Do you know an APNS who should be nominated for this? Please contact apns@apns.ca

  • Dave Doig – 1978
  • Victor Parliament – 1979
  • Ronald Backman  – 1980
  • Gerry Gordon  – 1980
  • Elizabeth Manuge – 1980
  • Maeann Stevens – 1982
  • Wayne MacDonald – 1983
  • Judith Hayashi – 1984
  • Charles J. A. Hayes – 1985
  • George Nichols – 1987
  • Victor Day – 1989
  • Michael Fowler – 1991
  • William Draper – 1993
  • William Crist- 1993
  • Joseph M. Byrne – 1993
  • Gordon Butler – 1994
  • John Gainer -1995
  • Douglas Cane – 1996
  • John C. Service  – 1996
  • Peter Shackleton – 1996
  • Allan R Wilson – 1998
  • David J. Pilon – 1999
  • Wayne M. Yorke – 2001
  • Susan Hartley- 2002
  • Stephen B Perrott-2004
  • Richard Braha – 2005
  • Myles Genest- 2007
  • Carolyn Humphreys – 2008
  • Robin McGee – 2011
  • Debra Garland  – 2013
  • Lynne Robinson  – 2014
  • Patrick O’Neil – 2015
  • Dean Perry – 2016

 Student Awards

The Gerald Gordon Memorial Prize for Undergrad Psychology Studentsgordon

This prize is awarded for outstanding undergraduate achievement in Psychology in Nova Scotia. It is a $500 award to support the student’s education, and a one-year student membership to APNS. Nominations are made by the student’s supervisor according to the following criteria:

  • A student in their final year of full or part-time honours psychology undergraduate studies.
  • Recognized academic achievement as evidenced by grades, faculty reports, publications or potential for entry into graduate studies.
  • Leadership in student psychology related affairs (departmental demonstratorships or teaching assistantships, student representation to department meetings, student psychology society activities, or student psychology newsletter activities).
  • An honours thesis or thesis proposal of demonstrable soundness in any field of psychology.
  • Personal and professional qualities suggesting that the student will make a contribution to professional affairs within the psychology community.

The Gerald Gordon award was established in 1987 to recognize the contribution that Dr. Gordon had made to APNS and to the development of the Psychology Act, which resulted in the creation of the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. The terms of reference for the award were designed to reflect his belief in the importance of rewarding excellence at the undergraduate level as one means of encouraging promising students to consider a career in psychology. Dr Gordon was a graduate of the University of London. He moved to Halifax in 1967 where he became assistant professor at St. Mary’s University.

From 1972 to his death in March 1994, he was Executive Director of the Atlantic Child Guidance Centre. He also held part-time academic appointments in psychology at Mt. St. Vincent and Dalhousie University. He served as President of APNS in 1975-76 and was the first Chair of the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. He was a Fellow of APNS, the Canadian Psychological Association and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 1993 he was awarded the Karl F. Helser Presidential award for Advocacy on behalf of Professional Psychology by the American Psychological Association.

Past winners:

  • 2016 – Meredith Ivany, Dalhousie University
  • 2015 – no winner named
  • 2014 – Patrick Bazinet – Acadia University
  • 2013 – Karisa Parkington – Dalhousie University
  • 2012 – Kevin MacDonald – Cape Breton University
  • 2011 – Michelle Kerr – Dalhousie University
  • 2010 – Catherine Hilchey – Dalhousie University
  • 2009 – Patrick Horsman – Saint Mary’s University
  • 2008 – Natasha Buchanan – Mount Saint Vincent University
  • 2007 – Emily Russell – Acadia University

The Brian Dufton Memorial Prize for Grad Psychology Students

This prize is awarded for outstanding graduate achievement in Psychology in Nova Scotia. It is a $1,000 award to support the student’s education, and a one year membership to APNS. Nominations are made by the student’s supervisor according to the following criteria:

  • A graduate student in Psychology
  • Recognized academic achievement as evidenced by grades, faculty reports, publications and research projects.
  • Leadership in student psychology related affairs (departmental demonstratorships or teaching assistantships, student representation to department meetings, student psychology society activities, or student psychology newsletter activities).
  • A thesis or thesis proposal of demonstrable soundness in any field of psychology.
  • Personal and professional qualities suggesting that the student will make a contribution to professional affairs within the psychology community.

Dr Brian Dufton was employed with the Western Regional Health Boards as a health psychologist at Valley Regional hospital when he died in 2000 at the age of 45. He coordinated health promotion development for the Western Regional Mental Health program and was second author/reviewer of the Provincial Mental Health Review, Mental Health: a time for Action. He was an honorary Research associate and instructor at in the Department of Psychology at Acadia University and had been an instructor at St. Mary’s University, a clinical psychologist at the Victoria General Hospital and was on the Educational Board of the Canadian Diabetes Association. He received a PhD from the University of Manitoba and was a recipient of the Connaught Nova Nordisk Manuscript award for an outstanding manuscript published in beta release.

Past winners:

  • 2016 – Katelynn Boerner – Dalhousie University
  • 2015 – Kate Rancourt – Dalhousie University
  • 2014 – Ainsley Boudreau – Dalhousie University
  • 2013  – Katherine Birnie & Janine Olthuis – Dalhousie University
  • 2012 – Mark Petter – Dalhousie University
  • 2011 – Jillian Filliter – Dalhousie University
  • 2010 – Natasha Scott – Saint Mary’s University
  • 2009 – Sonya Stevens – Saint Mary’s University
  • 2008 – Valerie Grant – Dalhousie University
  • 2007 – Jennifer Mullane – Dalhousie University

 APNS Lifetime Member

This award is for long term service for the Association but also for outstanding work for the profession of psychology and may be given to people outside the profession to recognize their key support for the Association or profession in Nova Scotia.

  • Ron Backman
  • Wayne MacDonald
  • John Service
  • Louise Stringer Warren
  • Rilda van Feggelen
  • Hugh Vincent
  • Wayne Yorke

 Pioneers

On the occasion of APNS’ 50th anniversary (2015), we have chosen to bestow the honour of Pioneer on five Psychologists who represent the five decades that APNS has been an active force for Psychology in Nova Scotia. These Pioneers have not only been long term members who have supported and promoted APNS’ mandate, but have also been active in the governance of the Association.

  • Valerie Corkum
  • Victor Day
  • Charles Hayes
  • John Service
  • Hugh Vincent

APNS President’s Award

The President’s award is intended to recognize the contributions of individuals for outstanding service to the community at large. The recipient of this award is not required to be a psychologist or a member of APNS, although the recipient may also be both. This award has also been awarded to organizations for the work they do in the community. This award is given at the discretion of the President and the Executive of the Association.