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Alumni of Honour awards

Nominations open for 2017

Tell us about an exceptional colleague who deserves the 2017 Alumni of Honour award. Submit details using the Alumni of Honour nomination form.

Award details

In 2017, the School of Optometry & Vision Science will celebrate our 50th Anniversary since moving to the University of Waterloo in 1967. The 50th Anniversary – Distinguished Alumni of Honour Awards will help mark this important milestone and acknowledge exceptional alumni who stand out as leaders and supporters both in the profession and in their communities. Recipients are nominated by their peers and recognized to have made contributions that have made a difference.

The 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni of Honour Awards will be presented during the Canadian Association of Optometrists Biennial Congress on June 30th, 2017.  We know that there are many deserving alumni who we would like to honour so nominate a colleague today!

Previous recipients

2013 Alumni of Honour awards

Congratulations to our 2013 Alumni of Honour Award Winners! In July, during the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) Congress in Edmonton, the School of Optometry and Vision Science was pleased to announce our 2013 Alumni of Honour award winners: 

This Award was established as a way for the School and the profession to recognize the many exceptional graduates we have from our program who continually give their time and energy to enhance the profession of optometry and give back to their communities. Recipients are nominated by their peers and are recognized biennially during the CAO congress. Past winners include Gordon Hensel in 2011, and David McKenna and Dorrie Morrow in 2009.

After reviewing the many wonderful nominations for our 2013 Alumni of Honour Award, Drs. David Dobbelsteyn and Dan Hayhoe were selected as our winners. What stands out about these two outstanding individuals is their commitment to helping those in need through their charitable work as well as their ability to foster relationships with other health care professions to create and advance new models for the delivery of eye care.

Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments and contributions to the profession, their communities and beyond!

2011 recipient - Gordon Hensel

Gordon HenselOn Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) Congress in Winnipeg, Dr. Marlee Spafford announced that Dr. Gordon Hensel, OD ’80 from Edmonton, Alberta was the selected recipient of the Waterloo School of Optometry’s 2011 Alumni of Honour Award.  Dr. Hensel was not able to attend the congress so nominator Dr. Jason Pearce received the award on his behalf.


2009 recipients

On Saturday, August 1, 2009 during the luncheon at the CAO Congress in Charlottetown, PEI, the School of Optometry was proud to present our first Biennial Alumni of Honour Awards to two outstanding individuals. Congratulations to our 2009 Alumni of Honour Award recipients Dr. David McKenna and Dr. Dorrie Morrow! The School of Optometry is proud of your accomplishments and we are happy to be able to recognize these two tremendous individuals with this special honour.

Dr. McKenna and Dr. Morrow


Award process

Award selection will be made by a committee including the Director of the School of Optometry or delegate, the Associate Director, Advancement, a senior faculty member from the graduate program and the President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists or designate. All applications will remain active for the duration of 2 award cycles.

The School welcomes nominations for the Alumni of Honour Award from alumni, students, staff, retirees and members of the public. Self-nominations will not be considered. The nominees must hold uWaterloo Optometry degree(s) (OD, MSc or PhD).

To nominate an alumnus or alumna for the Alumni of Honour Award, a nomination form must be completed, including all mandatory fields. The 2011 form will be posted at a later date.

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The University of Waterloo respects your privacy and that of the person you are nominating. Information collected here will only be used for the purposes of the award. Our full privacy policy is online or you may contact Andrea Carthew.