Awards and Recognition2018-07-12T10:54:14+00:00

Awards and Recognition

Colonel Russell Mann Military Family Health Research Award

Each year, the Vanier Institute of the Family recognizes high-quality Canadian research that increases our understanding of military and Veteran family health with the Colonel Russell Mann Military Family Health Research Award, delivered annually at Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum events.


Mirabelli-Glossop Award for Distinguished Contribution

The Mirabelli-Glossop Award for Distinguished Contribution is presented in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the work of the Vanier Institute of the Family. To be recognized, contributions must be made in-kind and serve to enhance the Institute’s commitment to better understanding and supporting the central importance of Canada’s families, in all of their diversity.



Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

This commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, a momentous occasion that has been marked only once before, by Queen Victoria in 1897.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way not only for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country, but also to mark the contributions and achievements by Canadians to their community. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians were recognized for their outstanding contributions and distinguished service.

Diamond Jubilee Medals presented by the Vanier Institute of the Family

Ray Ali, MA (Sociology), Manitoba

Jerome Berthelette, BA, LLB, Ontario

Carl Cadogan, community professional, Ontario

Kim Colman, (NHC), naturotherapy consultant and workshop facilitator, Quebec


Barbara Anne Crosbie, social worker and community activist, Newfoundland

Dr. Kerry Daly, PhD, Dean of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph, Ontario

Marie Adèle Davis, MBA, BSc, Executive Director, Canadian Paediatric Society, Ontario

James J. Gannon, Senior VP Human Resource Development, Royal Bank (retired), Ontario

Don Giesbrecht, ECE, President and CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation, Manitoba

Diamond-Jubilee-2Dr. Robert Glossop, CM, PhD, Co-Executive Director (30+ years, retired), Executive Emeritus member of Alumni Network, Ontario

Scott Hannant, writer/journalist, Ontario

The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul B. Kane, BA, LLD, QC Judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario, Ontario

Dr. Dianne Kieren, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Alberta

Jean-Pierre Lamoureux, General Secretary of the Conseil de la famille et de l’enfance du Québec (retired), Quebec

Greg Latremoille, BA, CA, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Beutel Goodman Investment Counsel, Ontario

Lucie Legault, administrative support (30 years), Ontario

Greg Lubimiv, BSW, MSW, Executive Director, Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, Ontario

Diamond-Jubilee-3Shelagh M’Gonigle, Ontario

Allan MacKay, BA, Ontario

Nicole Marcil-Gratton, MSc (Démographie), Université de Montréal; DEA, Université de Paris I – Sorbonne, Quebec

Dr. Carol Matusicky, PhD (Adult Education and Family Studies), University of Toronto; Doctorate of Laws (honoris causa), UBC, British Columbia

Alan Mirabelli, BA, Co-Executive Director (30+ years, retired), Executive Emeritus member of Alumni Network, Ontario

Alanna Mitchell, BA, BAA (Journalism), LLD (honoris causa), DSL (honoris causa), author, journalist, Ontario

Diamond-Jubilee-4Professor Mary Jane Mossman, LLB Queen’s, LLM London, LLD Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario

Dr. Lawrence J. Nestman, BComm, CA, MHSA, Professor Emeritus, School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Dr. Rosemary Ommer, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of History and Geography, University of Victoria, British Columbia

Joel Raby, BComm, MBA, CFA, Quebec

Dr. David Ross, social economist, contributor to the Institute, former CEO, Canadian Council on Social Development (retired), Ontario

Judith Mary Sapp, BA, MSW, MTS, Doctor of Civil Law (honoris causa), Nova Scotia

Diamond-Jubilee-5Roger Sauvé, BSocSc, MA (Economics), President, People Patterns Consulting, Ontario

Paula Theetge, long-term employee of the Institute (29 years),Ontario

Steven Smith, BA, CFA, Vice President, Beutel Goodman Private Client Group, Ontario

Norma Tombari, BComm, Director, Global Diversity, Royal Bank of Canada, Ontario

Louise B. Vaillancourt, CM, Quebec

Marie Vaillancourt, Investment Advisor, Quebec


Jubilee Medals presented to current staff, former members of the Board of the Vanier Institute of the Family and project partners*

Verna Bruce, BA, Associate Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada (retired), Prince Edward Island

The Honourable Ken W. Dryden, BA, LLB, PC, former Member of Parliament, author, former Ontario Commissioner of Youth, Ontario

Jean T. Fournier, British Columbia

Dr. Myer Horowitz, OC, EdD, President Emeritus, University of Alberta, Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, British Columbia

Col Russ Mann, Military Families Matter, Ontario

Judith Maxwell, Researchers Network Chair, Ontario

Barb Neis, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador

David Northcott, CM, BSc, Executive Director, Winnipeg Harvest, Manitoba

Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family, Ontario

The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, OC, MA, MD, former Lieutenant Governor (New Brunswick), former Minister of Family (NB), family physician, retired Senator, New Brunswick

*If you have been involved with the institute (volunteer, contributor, staff…) and have received a Diamond Jubilee Medal and we have not acknowledged and celebrated your contribution and accomplishment, please let us know and we will add your name to this impressive list.