Community Educator Award

The R. Paul Kerston Award, part of the UBC Health Awards Competition, is named after long-time community educator, R. Paul Kerston, and was established by PCPE in 2014 to honour outstanding patients and community educators who have expanded student learning beyond traditional boundaries.

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2018 Marge & Eric Johnson

Marge and Eric have taught students in the UBC Health Mentors program about mental illness since 2012. They have opened their home and welcomed students into their lives. Working with students in this way helps students develop practical skills for working with patients and families as well as insights about health advocacy. Marge gives presentations to nursing, social work, and physical therapy students titled: “Mental Illness – A Mother’s Perspective” and “What Hurts, What Helps – A guide for professionals on how to work with families”. Marge has also been a volunteer patient for physical therapy and pharmacy students.

2018 Ramon Montecillo

Ramon has been a Health Mentor since 2016. He volunteers as a peer support worker at the rehabilitation centre where he once recovered in order to help fellow stroke survivors. His students say he is an “inspiration” and appreciate how honest and forthcoming he is about his health care experiences and the factors that allowed him to get to a “new normal.” His teachings highlight the support of his family and his health care team which provide students with a real world model of patient and family-centred care to apply in practice. By sharing his patient experience he inspires students to be more empathetic with patients and to provide a high level of care in their practice.

2017 Chris Hofley

Chris' partnership with UBC began in 2011 when he volunteered to mentor students in the Health Mentors Program. Since then he has mentored 4 cohorts of students from 6 different discplines and taken on many additional roles including panelist, presenter, co-author and steering committee member. As a member of the Health Mentors Steering Committee Chris has played an important role in the program’s development, implementation, and dissemination. He presented at Collaborating Across Borders in 2013 and published a paper in the journal The Clinical Teacher in 2014.

2016 Gerry Oleman and Darren Lauscher

Gerry Oleman is an Elder, knowledge keeper, mentor, role model, collaborator, ceremonialist, story teller, healer, educator. He has been a teacher at UBC for over 15 years, sharing his story of his residential school experiences with medical, dentistry, and social work students as well as teaching family practice residents. Gerry facilitated UBC’s Truth and Reconciliation process at the UBC Longhouse and is the Elder in Residence for UBC’s Summer Science – an initiative that brings Indigenous high school students to UBC for one week of science and cultural activities.

Darren Lauscher has been a teacher, mentor, and course facilitator with UBC since 2012. He has served on numerous planning and advisory committees at the university, including the UBC Health Council. Darren is also involved in research projects at the provincial and the national level and serves on behalf of HIV/AIDS organizations with the McLaren Housing Society of BC to provide safe, secure and affordable housing and support services for families and people living with HIV/AIDS.

2015 Paula Carr

Paula Carr, a Community Strategist and Intercultural Neighborhood Developer with Collingwood Neighborhood House, has collaborated with UBC since 2004. She helped produce an award winning film titled, “Where Strangers Became Neighbours” that has been used in 6 or more UBC courses. This film illustrates the importance of an intercultural community development approach when working with a team of community partners and diverse neighbourhood populations. Since 2011, Paula has been involved in a project called INTERactive where she has supervised numerous UBC students doing community-based experiential learning projects. Paula is also co-author of a chapter that is a case study of the Interactive project.

2014 Mo Korchinski and Tiare Laporte

Mo Korchinski is a founding member of Women in2 Healing (Wi2H), a not-for-profit community-based organization of formerly incarcerated women, volunteers and academics who seek to improve the physical, emotional and social healing of women inside and outside of prison by engaging in participatory research processes. She visits schools, colleges and universities to share her story and findings from Wi2H research projects with students.

Tiare Laporte helped develop a speech and audiology course, titled: Approaches to audiology and speech-language pathology for persons of First Nations, Metis or Inuit heritage. She facilitated community learning experiences for over 160 audiology and speech-language pathology students and serves on the school's Advisory Council.