Diabetes Team of the Year Award 2021


Each year the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC) presents one award to a certified diabetes educator who has demonstrated outstanding efforts and achievements in their role as a diabetes educator.  This year, the award will be presented to a diabetes team. This award is meant to recognize team achievements that go above and beyond evidence-based practices in the field of diabetes education and patient/client care. They are viewed as leaders in innovation and highly regarded within the diabetes community.

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


Applicants/teams 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.

Examples: Innovative virtual programs; innovative ways team-based care is coordinated/provided; adapting to the context of the pandemic to continue providing excellent care


Applicants/teams 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.

Examples: Teams regularly supporting education [i.e. interns, medical residents]; approach to training/supporting new team members; education opportunities for primary care and interprofessional team members; demonstrating efforts to be supportive and inclusive to learners and new team members.


Applicants/teams 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.


  • Ways teams have gone above and beyond to support clients/patients during the pandemic (may be a compilation of individual team member efforts); advocating for resource supports for clients/patients (food insecurity, diabetes supplies, connection to compassionate programs)
  • Teams that have undergone the Diabetes Education Standards Recognition Program or are planning to
  • Teams that have created EMR-based tools and/or work-flows/processes to support best-practice guidelines (i.e. development of templates, flowsheets, processes for reminders)


The team must be providing services within the boundaries of one of the former following Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), now known as Home and Community Care Support Services:

  • Central
  • Central East
  • Central West
  • Mississauga Halton
  • Toronto Central

The team must provide services that directly improve client/patient care.

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

Judgement Criteria:

Applicants/teams will be judged based on demonstration of excellence in one or more of the areas listed above.  While it is recognized that applicants/teams 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
  • Community partnerships and engagement
  • Evaluation of programming to demonstrate QI activities and improvement in client/patient outcomes


One winning team will receive a winner’s plaque. The team will be recognized at the annual joint Peter Munk Cardiac Centre/BBDC Cardiovascular-Diabetes Symposium to be held online on March 25, 2021. Complimentary registration to attend the symposium will be provided for the team members.

Application Procedure:

Submit a completed application form, together with a letter from a team lead to the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre by the application deadline date. See the application form for complete submission instructions.

Download the Diabetes Team of the Year application form 2021 (PDF)

Other supporting documents including additional letters of support, testimonials from community groups or colleagues, examples demonstrating quality improvement and evaluation efforts, abstracts, and publications will be considered but are not required.

Application Deadline:

Applications, letter from a team lead, and any other supporting documents must be received by 4 p.m., November 29, 2021.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


All applicants will be notified in late January 2022.


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