Dr. Sandra J. Cobban Dental Public Health Merit & Service Awards

In recognition of a career highlighted by significant contributions to dental public health, dental hygiene, & health professional education, particularly in the province of Alberta, the Dr. Sandra J. Cobban Dental Public Health Merit & Service Awards have been established. Her career has been a major influence in dental public health practice, management, research and education over many years and she always worked with a positive and optimistic outlook, strengthening and lifting colleagues and benefiting the public, peers and students alike. Sandy ended her career and her life, graduating with a Ph.D. in Nursing, the first non-nurse in Canada with that distinction, prior to her passing from cancer in January, 2013.

These awards, recognizing contributions made to dental public health by individuals or groups both within the dental professions and without, are sponsored by the Dental Public Health Centre, School of Dentistry, University of Alberta in recognition of Sandy’s exemplary career. Awards are now bestowed bi-annually at the Alberta Dental Public Health Conference.

Award of Merit

The Award of Merit recognizes dental public health professionals who have exhibited a commitment and dedication to dental public health and have furthered this area of health through clinical practice, research, education, advocacy or other means. This award acknowledges significant time, energy and contribution over a period of years. Recipients will be known for qualities that Sandy has exhibited in her career: exemplary knowledge & skills, thirst for learning and exchange, excellence in service delivery, commitment to ideals of public health, dedication, compassion, concern for the individual, and sacrifice for the good of others.

Recipients of the Award of Merit:

  • 2008 -  Sandra J. Cobban, Margo Kusiek
  • 2009-  Sylvia Baran, Freda Nye
  • 2011-  Vickie McKinnon
  • 2013-  Dr. Luke Shwart, Susan Peebles
  • 2015 - Iris Hehr

Service Award

The Service Award recognizes the efforts of individuals or groups who may or may not be dental public health professionals, towards the furthering of dental public health practice. This service can take many forms and acknowledges significant time, energy and contribution over a period of years. Recipients will have shown a dedication and commitment to the advancement of dental public health, even though their own training, background or key role is not within a dental field. These efforts may take the form of administrative support, research collaboration, interprofessional education, etc. and will reflect public health values, dedication to improving health and strengthening personal relationships amongst those working within dental public health and who are recipients of these services.

Recipients of the Service Award:

  • 2008-  Kathleen Farrell, Donna Thompson
  • 2009-  Patricia Popko, Barbara Olsen
  • 2011-  Dr. Barry Fleming (posthumously)
  • 2013-  Council of Public Health Physicians (Alberta)
  • 2015 - Janice Blair