The APNS Nomination & Elections Committee encourages you to submit nominations for the following awards. To submit please download, complete the appropriate form and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for all nominations is April 10, 2023.
- Lifetime Contribution
- Excellence in Psychology
- Outstanding Early Career Psychologist
- Outstanding Psychology Student
- Community Service by Psychologists
- Community Service in Mental Health
- Diversity in Psychology Bursary
- Gerald Gordon Undergrad Award
- Brian Dufton Grad Award
APNS Fellow – This designation honours those members who have made significant and enduring contributions to APNS and have helped shape the Association and have contributed to the development of psychology in Nova Scotia.
Dr. J.A. Charles Hayes Lifetime Contribution Award honours Dr Charles Hayes, a respected Psychologist whose career may be said to be a model of lifetime commitment. This award recognizes depth and engagement of long-term service and recognizes those who have spent a significant part of their professional lifetime supporting APNS, its member psychologists, and the profession of psychology at the provincial, national and international level.
APNS Outstanding Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Award highlights the challenges of being an ECP, those in the first 10 years of their psychology career, after graduation from a professional post-graduate psychology program. The recipient is an APNS member who has actively participated in APNS at the committee or Executive level, has used the services of APNS to advance their career in psychology, and who plans to continue a career in psychology in NS.
APNS Excellence in Psychology Award focuses on excellence in the profession of Psychology. The recipient of this award is an APNS member who is in mid-career (~11 to 30 years) who has demonstrated excellence in their professional activities or in their volunteer activities while acting as a Psychologist. The award may be given for work relating to: 1) area of practice (health, forensic, neuropsychology, addictions, assessment); 2) work setting (school, hospital, private practice, teaching, research); 3) population (child, teen, geriatric, couple, diverse groups, first responders, marginalized populations); 4) treatment area (PTSD, pain, grief, workplace, etc.); and 5) peer-related (supervision, mentoring, peer support, consultation, collaboration).
APNS Outstanding Psychology Student Award highlights the challenges of preparing for a career in psychology at the Masters or Doctoral level. The recipient is an APNS student member who has not previously won this award, has participated in APNS at the committee or Executive level, has actively used the services of APNS and who hopes to pursue a career in psychology in Nova Scotia.
APNS Community Service Award for Psychologists recognizes the contributions of psychologists who do outstanding volunteer service in the community beyond their role as a psychologist. It acknowledges and raises awareness of the important contributions that psychologists make to the greater community. These contributions may include on-going volunteer work or commitment to a specific community or cause, e.g., fostering inclusion, promoting sensitivity and understanding of marginalized populations, poverty and health promotion initiatives.
APNS Community Service Award in Mental Health recognizes the contributions of non-psychologists who have made valuable contributions to the community in a health and wellness setting or through other activities that touch and benefit the greater community by raising awareness or advocating for mental health or wellness issues. Recipients are individuals who work on their own or as part of an organization, or organizations for their programs or initiatives.
APNS Diversity in Psychology Bursary – This $1,000 Bursary assists Psychology students who identify as being from a diverse population and are in pursuit of post-secondary education in Psychology with a long-term goal of having a more diverse profession. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applications on three factors — financial need, community involvement and career goals. Although all are important, financial need is considered the primary factor, followed by community involvement and career goals.
APNS strives to foster a sense of community among all who identify with psychology by supporting inclusion, equality and celebrating diversity. We welcome nominees who indicate that they identify as Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities and genders in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.
Submitted on behalf of the APNS Nominations & Elections Committee.