2021 COUPN Awards

Message from the COUPN Chair

The 14th annual Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) Awards celebrate the dedication, innovation, passion and professionalism of the students, faculty, researchers and preceptors in Ontario’s nursing programs.

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, the resilience, dedication, and passion of Ontario’s nurses and nurse educators is on display each and every day as they provide exceptional care to their patients, and selfless leadership to their teams.

It is a pleasure, through these awards, to be able to shine a light on the outstanding achievements of this year’s recipients in teaching and student excellence, scholarship, and contributions to nursing education.

The awards, and the honorees, also demonstrate the important role played by Ontario’s universities in helping deliver the high-quality health care that enables Ontarians to lead healthier and longer lives.

Thank you for your support as we celebrate the accomplishments of the 2021 honorees.

Dr. Linda Johnston
Chair, COUPN

See below for a description of this year’s winners and their achievements.

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Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • Dr. Lesley Smith, Western University
Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice at the Undergraduate Student Level Award
  • Jessica-Ann Goncalves, University of Toronto
Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Faith Donald, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Roger Pilon, Laurentian University
  • Sylvain Leduc, Laurentian University
Scholarship Into Practice Award
  • Dr. Kristin Cleverley, University of Toronto
Clinical Instructor Award
  • Melanie Frijters, Western University
Preceptor Recognition Award
  • Susan Chernenko, University of Toronto
COUPN-AMS Quality Compassionate Caring Award
  • Laura Fairley, University of Toronto
Agency Recognition Award
  • Le Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury,
Award for Strategic Contribution to Nursing Education
  • Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators Using Simulation (CAN-Sim),