On December 10, 2014, we presented our annual Public Interest Awards at our annual holiday open house.
Southern Alberta Award
The recipient for Southern Alberta was Dr. Paul Parks
, Trauma Medical Director and Department of Emergency Medicine Chief at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, for his many years of speaking out to challenge the government to address our long-term care shortage, which he says is a major underlying reason for the overcrowding of Alberta's emergency rooms. He was nominated by Noel Somerville, Chair of Public Interest Alberta's Seniors' Task Force. Dr. Parks donated his $750 award (courtesy of Alberta Views magazine) to Friends of Medicare.
Pictured here (L-R) are Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta, Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare, Noel Somerville, and Dr. Paul Parks.
Northern Alberta Award
The 2014 recipient of our Public Interest Award for Northern Alberta was Dave Werlin
, who was President of the Alberta Federation of Labour from 1983 to 1989, was instrumental in the founding of the Alberta Labour History Institute, and has been a tireless advocate for working people in Alberta throughout his life. He was nominated by the Alberta Labour History Institute. Dave donated his $750 award (courtesy of Alberta Views magazine) to Boyle Street Community Services.
Pictured here (L-R) are Linda McCulloch, Board Chair of Public Interest Alberta, Shannon Hebden, Drop-In Manager at Boyle Street Community Services, Dave Werlin, and Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta.
Click here for more information on the Public Interest Awards and to view past recipients of the awards.