Announcing the 2020 CCA Award winners

Date:  May 25, 2020


Announcing the 2020 CCA Award winners

This is a preview of the Spring 2020 issue of BACK Matters – a CCA member exclusive.

Every two years, the CCA honours those whose exceptional talent and service have advanced the profession. Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to Dr. Judy Forrester, Chair of the CCA Awards committee and her committee volunteers. As well, a special thanks to all our CCA members who submitted nominations.

In Memoriam: Dr. Ken Goldie, Saskatchewan

Medal of Merit

Dr. Goldie proudly served his profession, patients, and community during his 53 years as a chiropractor. He was committed to the profession by sitting on the board of directors of many organizations, including the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, the Chiropractic Historical Association, and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

Giving back was also important to Dr. Goldie. He contacted local schools in Saskatchewan and persuaded them to collect socks for those in need as part of the Toasty Toes fundraiser. Each year, he collected the most socks of any chiropractor in the province. He mentored many young practitioners, encouraging them to get involved with their provincial and national associations. In semi-retirement, he participated in public events, collected and shared information about the history of chiropractic, and advocated for the profession.

Sadly, he passed away in October 2019. His commitment to chiropractic and his community was remarkable.

Dr. Steven Passmore, Manitoba

Researcher of the Year

Dr. Passmore, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba, has carried out and published research for many years, including research funded by the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.

One of his projects since 2011 has been to research the impact of including chiropractic care within the interdisciplinary healthcare professional team at Winnipeg’s Mount Carmel Clinic. It is an inner-city community health centre that serves those with the highest unemployment rate and lowest average family income in the city.

He has discovered that chiropractic care resulted in fewer referrals to other providers, thereby increasing the time primary care providers could spend with patients. The data he collected to determine who is being seen, for how long, their diagnoses, their course of care and its outcomes helped convince the Manitoba government to fund the chiropractic service beyond the pilot phase.

Dr. Greg Dunn, Ontario

Life Member

In the 1980s, Canadian chiropractors learned that insurance companies would stop providing their malpractice coverage. This was a tough blow. Without this protection, chiropractors would no longer be able to practice in Canada.

Dr. Dunn was instrumental, stepping up to help found the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association (CCPA), ensuring that chiropractors could serve their patients and continue practicing. It was a bold move – and it worked.

He retired as CEO of the CCPA in 2019, leaving a legacy, not only to the CCPA but to the entire profession. Many feel that the profession would not be where it is today without his leadership.

Dr. Darrell Wade, Newfoundland and Labrador

Public Service

Dr. Wade, Executive Director of the Newfoundland & Labrador Chiropractic Association, demonstrated his spirit of public service by partnering with the local Salvation Army to build the Centre of Hope, a haven for at-risk people in St. John’s and surrounding areas. In addition to offering chiropractic services at the Centre, he established an innovative funding model that supports a dozen healthcare professionals. His tireless efforts have created a sustainable team.

Further, under his guidance, the Newfoundland and Labrador Chiropractic Association provides hundreds of children with quality-made, back-safe backpacks at the beginning of each school year.

Dr. Ceara Higgins, Ontario

Transforming the World at Home and Abroad

The people of Kabale, Uganda, suffer from spine, muscle, and nervous system conditions without healthcare professionals who have neuromusculoskeletal training. As a result, painkillers are heavily prescribed. Dr. Higgins first travelled to Kabale in 2018 and saw this reality in person, offering solutions with her treatments and teaching clinical officers how to treat musculoskeletal conditions.

Since then, she continues to share educational resources and consults on neuromusculoskeletal-related cases. She returned to Kabale in 2019.

At home, Dr. Higgins sustains her work by fundraising for more equipment and recruiting evidence-based practitioners to travel to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. She hopes to return to Africa with Bridge to Health in 2021.

Dr. Melissa Corso, Ontario

Young Investigators

Dr. Corso has been a dynamic young chiropractic investigator since receiving her Doctor of Chiropractic in 2016. Continuing her education, she completed the CMCC graduate sports sciences residency program and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada).

She has already received two professional awards: outstanding paper from the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) and first-prize student research award from the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport. She has seven publications and works as a Research Associate at the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation at Ontario Tech University and CMCC. She also conducts rapid reviews to inform regulatory policies for the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia All this while maintaining a private practice.

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