Recipients of the 2016 Public Education Awards Program have been unveiled today by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA).
The Public Education Awards Program is designed to publicly recognize the role played by the media, not-for-profit health organizations and industry in furthering the understanding of dermatology issues and encouraging healthy behaviour in the medical, surgical and cosmetic care of skin, hair and nails.
"This year's winners showed tremendous initiative, creativity and ingenuity in educating the public on critical skin health issues," said Dr. Vince Bertucci, president of the CDA, who was quoted in a press release.
"Sound knowledge is so important to maintaining good health, and we are delighted to be able to recognize three recipients who have helped put this knowledge in the hands of Canadians," added Dr. Bertucci.
The three award winners are:
In the not-for-profit category, the Canadian Cancer Society, Saskatchewan Division, for its tan-free grad initiative, which enlisted the support of high schools in the province to encourage students to forego tanning for graduation;
Also,in the not-for-profit category, medical student Mr. Youcef Soufi, working on behalf of Sport Manitoba/Wrestling Canada, for his Skin Health And Awareness brochure, which deals with the unique demands placed upon the skin of athletes; and
In the industry category, Janssen Inc., for its Real Life Stories Documentary Psoriasis Series that took a very personal look at the social and psychological overtones of psoriasis.
The 2016 awards go to projects that were completed in the 2015 calendar year. The recipients will be honoured at the CDA's Awards Ceremony in Saskatoon, Sask, on June 25, 2016.