About Us

Community Connections Awards

2015 Recipients

The Community Scholar Award

Candace Nykiforuk, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Candace Nykiforuk is committed to community-engaged scholarship in public health and builds and nurtures strong collaborations with local, provincial, and national partners, making key contributions to the health of our communities. Her “Community Health and the Built Environment” suite of projects explores how changing the built environment influences healthy decisions. From walking paths with benches for seniors to rest on in Bonnyville, to no-fee summer programming for children in St. Paul, Candace’s work shows how small changes can have a tremendous impact on our health. Candace is a co-founder and current co-lead for the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention, a group of 17 organizations that work together to advocate for healthy policy changes in Alberta.

The Community Leader Award

Adopt a Heritage Chicken Program

Poultry Research Station, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

The Adopt a Heritage Chicken program gives community members an opportunity to adopt a chicken from the program and, in return, receive a dozen eggs every other week. Adopters receive an adoption certificate and have the privilege of naming their hen, and children learn first-hand, “Where do eggs come from?” The program uses the principles of “free-range learning,” educating consumers about the life of chickens, egg production, and where their food comes from. The program gives community members an easy way to become connected with the world of agriculture, and highlights the importance of biodiversity and genetic preservation of our food resources.

The UAlberta Advocate Award

Jack Francis

After a distinguished 43-year career as an animal technician in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, Jack Francis saw an opportunity to preserve agricultural history. With a letter to the dean, Jack proposed starting a small museum on the U of A’s South Campus to collect and store agricultural artifacts. Almost 15 years later, the museum contains more than 400 artifacts,  while preserving the rich history of agriculture at the university and much of the province, offering insights into animal research and farming techniques in Alberta. Jack’s dedication, commitment, and involvement have strengthened the connection between the university and the province’s agriculture and food industries, and raised the university’s profile and involvement with communities throughout Alberta.