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Past Winners

Dr. Nick Reed – Toronto, Ontario – 2015 Sports Safety Award Recipient

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Dr. Nick Reed

Dr. Reed is an advocate for the prevention and safe return to sport and recreation of children and youth who have experienced a concussion(s).  Dr. Reed’s significance lies in his holistic approach of addressing the broader social networks of children and youth – family, friends, school, and the sports community – as influential partners in the prevention and concussion education and safe return to play.

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Virginia Edmonds, Lois Kalchman, Bev Woods-Percival – 2014 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Virginia Edmonds, Lois Kalchman, and Bev Woods-Percival

Virginia Edmonds – RN, BA, was a winner of the Award of Excellence from The Toronto Hospital in 1992. She also worked as a clinical educator at the Mississauga Hospital as an Advanced Practice Nurse at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in Ontario.

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Dr. Michael Cusimano, MD, MHPE, FRCSC, DABNS, PhD, FACS – 2013 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Michael D. Cusimano, MD, MHPE, FRCSC, DABNS, PhD, FACS

Dr. Michael Cusimano, is the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award presented to a Canadian who has contributed significantly to the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport and recreation.

A graduate of the University of Toronto School of Medicine, Dr. Cusimano entered the Neurosurgery Training Program at the University of Toronto in 1985. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1990, and in this same year received his Masters Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He obtained his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1996.

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Dr. Natalie Lynn Yanchar Receives the 2012 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund Award

Natalie Lynn Yanchar, M.D.,BSc (Hon.), M.Sc (Exp Surg). M.Sc (CH&E), F.R.C.S. (C)

Dr. Natalie Lynn Yanchar, is the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund Award presented to a Canadian who has contributed significantly to the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport and recreation.

The enthusiastic 49-year-old   associate professor in Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University and Medical Director of  the  Izaak Walton  Killam Hospital   Trauma Care Program for the past 12 years has also found time to raise her three children .
Dr. Yanchar  advocates injury prevention for  children and young adults.  Most recently her activities have focussed on playground, water, and recreational off-road vehicle safety.

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Ken Bocking, MD, FRCS(C), FACS – 2011 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Ken Bocking, MD, FRCS(C), FACS

Ken Bocking, MD, FRCS(C), FACS,  of St. Thomas, Ontario is the recipient of the 2011 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund Award given to a Canadian who has contributed significantly to the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport and recreation.

Dr. Bocking graduated medicine in 1975 from the University of Western Ontario. He established a practice in St. Thomas and became Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital but his avocation was amateur hockey where he coached and later served as physician to the St. Thomas Stars junior B where his observations set him on a course that changed hockey.

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Dr. J. Scott Delaney – 2010 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Dr. J. Scott Delaney

A 1991 medical graduate of McGill University, Dr. Delaney has degrees in Family Practice, Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. He is currently the research director for the McGill University Health Centre Adult Emergency Department; is an associate professor at McGill University and is a team physician for the Montreal Alouettes, Montreal Impact, McGill Football, McGill Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams and Cirque du Soleil.

He is a member of the editorial board for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and his research interests include concussions and neck injuries in both the athletic and emergency department populations. He has authored approximately 40 research papers many in which he compares injuries in football soccer and ice hockey three of Canada’s most popular amateur and professional sports. Continue reading

Richard Kinar – 2009 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Richard Kinar, Ski Helmet Advocate

Richard Kinar, the former freestyle skier and West Vancouver resident is the 2009 recipient of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund Award.

Mr. Kinar has worked consistently and effectively within local communities, medical associations, the sport community and with politicians to promote the use of brain protecting helmets to limit the possibility and severity of head injury in sports and recreational activities. Continue reading

Randy Starkman – 2008 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Rand Starkman, Sports Writer

Mr. Starkman is the fifth person to be so honoured and the first sportswriter to receive this prestigious award which includes a $10,000 prize.

He is being recognized for his extensive work in educating the public on the existence and problems surrounding catastrophic injuries in sports. The award will be presented at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday October 17 at 11:00 A.M. Continue reading

Kevin Stubbington – 2007 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Kevin Stubbington, Volunteer

Kevin Stubbington, 56, a Windsor minor hockey coach and former referee-in-chief, came up with the idea of putting the familiar hexagonal STOP sign on the back of hockey sweaters.

The idea was to remind players while they are on the ice not to check from behind because such checks had proven to be a primary cause of some paralyzing spinal cord injuries. He introduced his idea in Windsor in 1996 and now STOP signs can be seen on hockey sweaters across Canada and beyond. Kevin says STOP stands for “Safety Towards Other Players”. Continue reading

Dr. Mark Aubry – 2006 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Dr. Mark Aubry

Dr. Aubry, a sports medicine specialist based in Ottawa and Gatineau , has contributed to the research of spinal cord injuries and concussions not only in Canada , but internationally. He has been the chief medical officer for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since 1998 and Hockey Canada since 2004. Dr. Aubry is also a member of International Olympic Medical Commission.

In addition to having served on medical staffs for Canadian national and Olympic teams, he is currently a team physician for the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators, the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s and the Ottawa Lynx triple-A baseball club.

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Dr. Karen Johnston – 2005 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Dr. Karen Johnston, MD, Ph.D, FRCS(C), FACS

Dr. Johnston is a neurosurgeon and the director of the Concussion Program at the McGill Sports Medicine Clinic in Montreal and was named the 2005 winner of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award .

Dr. Johnston is also a principal investigator in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University Health Centre, and is heavily involved in many concussion research projects. Continue reading

Patrick Bishop – 2004 Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award

Patrick Bishop, PhD.

Dr. Patrick Bishop, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo and impact biomechanics expert was named the first winner of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award. This new annual award honours “outstanding contributions towards the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sports and recreational activities”. Typically these are injuries to the eyes, spine or brain. The Award comes with a $10,000 prize and will reside in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.This annual award honours a Canadian for his/her significant contribution towards the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport or recreational activities. Continue reading