UCalgary Nursing Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

Honours and awards for our Faculty of Nursing alumni

Our Faculty of Nursing alumni are celebrated annually with honours and awards for their outstanding contributions to research, teaching, service, academic achievement, volunteerism and for their contributions to their fields of study. We celebrate them here and recognize their excellence.


Katherine Bright

Katherine Bright, MN'14, PhD'20

CIHR Health Systems Impact Fellowship

Dr. Katherine Bright is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Community Health Sciences and Social Work under the supervision and mentorship of Drs. Scott Patten and Gina Dimitropoulos. This research is aimed at optimizing individual functioning and has the potential to guide policy and procedure development that promotes healthy children, youth, young adults, and families.

Barb Shellian

Barbara Shellian, BN'79, MN'83

CARNA Lifetime Achievement Award


Liza Choi, BN'94, MN'04

Liza Choi, BN'94, MN'04

Mount Royal University Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award

Currently an associate professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Liza is a passionate educator who believes that “learning is a transformational process where teachers bring learners from a state of unknowing to knowing.” She stresses that teachers who exude idealized influence are individuals who act as a role model for others and motivated by a commitment to the common good. 

Brendan Webster, BN'09

Brendan Webster, BN'09

Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association Exemplary Service Award

Brendan Webster’s contributions to campus wellness — as well as his contributions to occupational health nursing as a whole — have earned him this recognition. In addition to his support on established staff wellness initiatives, Webster and his team are developing new training and awareness programs. 

Diane Pyne, BN'77

Diane Pyne, BN'77

CARNA Award of Nursing Excellence in Administration

Diane Pyne, MHS, RN is a senior project manager at Corrections Health who was instrumental in developing a new model in health services at the Edmonton Remand and Red Deer Remand Centres. 

Brenda Hannah, BN'77

Brenda Hannah, BN'77

CARNA Lifetime Achievement Award

In her 40 years of nursing, Brenda Hannah, MSc, RN has made a profound impact on the profession as a motivator, mentor and leader. She is an administrator at Clifton Manor, a long-term care facility in Calgary. 

Amanda Habiak

Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Conference Promising Performer Award

At the 2019 Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Conference, Amanda Habiak, occupational health nurse and mental health consultant with Staff Wellness, was awarded the Promising Performer Award for her innovative work with psychological safety in the workplace and the Campus Mental Health Strategy.

Sarah Dewell

Sarah Dewell, BN'07, PhD'19

UCalgary Peak Scholar Award

Dr. Sarah Dewell connects nursing knowledge and genomics to enrich the implementation of genomic health care. She has helped create a knowledge engagement hub which provides needed genomics educational resources within a Canadian healthcare context and exposure to international genomic nursing education, research, and practice.


Derek Luk, BN'07: Avenue Calgary Top 40 Under 40

Derek Luk, BN'07

Avenue Calgary Top 40 Under 40

Derek Luk founded a start-up to improve employee mental health through app-based and in-person mindfulness training. 

CARNA Award of Nursing Excellence in Education

Brendan Webster, BN'09, UMake a Difference Award

Brendan Webster, BN'09

UCalgary U Make a Difference Award

Brendan Webster is an Occupational Health Nurse with Staff Wellness in Risk. Brendan has made an extraordinary impact on those around him. In addition to his work to establish mass influenza clinics across main campus for students, faculty and staff, he also helped establish these clinics in four other locations across Calgary, including the Foothills Campus, Downtown Campus and Spyhill Campus. His expertise, generosity and friendly nature make a difference to the health and wellbeing of all of us in the UCalgary community.

Stacey Dalgleish, MN'91

Stacey Dalgleish, MN'91

CNA Order of Merit for Clinical Practice

Stacey Dalgleish is a neonatal nurse practitioner at the Foothills Medical Centre a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Foothills Medical Centre since 1998. Over her lengthy career caring for newborns, she’s driven quality improvements to ensure the best outcomes for her tiny patients.

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  • Patricia Picherack (BN'88, MN'01)
    CANO Schering Lectureship Award for Excellence in Oncology Nursing


CARNA: College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
CASN: Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
CANO: Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology