Diabetes Educator of the Year Award 2018


Each year the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC) presents one award to a certified diabetes educator who has demonstrated outstanding efforts and achievements in his/her role as a diabetes educator. This award is meant to recognize achievements above and beyond their clinical job descriptions, and exceptional individuals who contribute to initiatives across teams within their organization and more broadly to the diabetes community. They are viewed as role models and highly regarded within the community of diabetes educators.

Applicants should demonstrate leadership, merits and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

Innovations in Patient Education or Diabetes Care Delivery

Applicants in this category should demonstrate exemplary innovations in patient education or diabetes care delivery developed in the last three years. These innovations should have an impact at the local, regional or national level.

Education and Professional Development of Healthcare Students and Clinicians in Practice

Applicants in this category should demonstrate the development of exemplary new educational or professional development programs in diabetes care created within the last three years. These programs should strive to educate either healthcare students or clinicians in diabetes patient care and have an impact at either a local, regional or national level.

Advocacy for Patients and Best Clinical Practices

Applicants in this category should demonstrate ongoing advocacy for patients and leadership in best clinical practices in diabetes care within the last three years. This may involve, but is not limited to: involvement with community diabetes groups, association with diabetes professional organizations, and/or contributions to standards creation or dissemination. These innovations should have an impact at the local, regional or national level.

The award will be presented to the recipient in 2019.


  • The candidate must be a full-time or part-time health care professionals working within the boundaries of one of the following Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs):
    • Central LHIN
    • Central East LHIN
    • Central West LHIN
    • Mississauga Halton LHIN
    • Toronto Central LHIN
  • Eligible candidates must have maintained certification as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).
  • The candidate must have a minimum 3 years of full-time or part-time experience as a diabetes educator.
  • The candidate must have direct contact with patients/clients.
  • The candidate cannot apply or be nominated if they have served on the BBDC Quality Education and Safety (QUEST) committee in the past 5 years.
  • Previous recipients of the award cannot apply or be nominated for another 10 years.

    2008 – Lynn Baughan, Toronto General Hospital
    2009 – Carolyn Lawton, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    2010 – Rose Dumsha, North York General Hospital – Branson Division
    2011 – Barbara Cleave, Mount Sinai Hospital
    2012 – Leigh Caplan, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    2013 – Sandi Williams, St. Michael’s Hospital
    2014 – Dana Whitham, St. Michael’s Hospital
    2015 – Jane Rajah, Parkdale Community Health Centre
    2016 – Celia Fredericks, Mount Sinai Hospital
    2017 – Angela Kennedy, Michael Garron Hospital

If there is uncertainty regarding an individual’s eligibility for this award, potential applicants should contact the BBDC prior to submitting their application.

Judgement Criteria:

Applicants will be judged based on demonstration of excellence in one or more of the areas listed above.  While it is recognized that applicants may have involvement in more than one of the listed categories the award is meant to recognize achievement, taking into account the following criteria:

  • Dissemination and impact at   the institutional, local, regional, and/or national level
  • Emulation and/or recognition of work
  • Opinions of peers
  • Leadership and role model qualities


One award valued at $1,000.  Award use is unrestricted.

Application Procedure:

Submit a 1-page application form and requested attachments to the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre by the deadline date.

Diabetes Educator of the Year Award 2018 – Application Form (PDF)

The following 2 items must be attached to the application form (all items are mandatory): 

  1. A letter from the applicant or nominator, explaining how the achievements of the individual being nominated go above and beyond their job (maximum 1000 words)
  2. An up to date curriculum vitae

Other supporting documentation including additional letters of support, testimonials from community groups or colleagues, abstracts, publications will be considered but are not required.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be received by 4 p.m., October 23, 2018.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


All applicants will be notified in December 2018.


Sanam Tajadod
Phone: (416) 978-3498
Fax: (416) 978-4108
E-mail: admin.bbdc@utoronto.ca