General Awards

Paul G. Halligan Faculty of Pharmacy Spirit Award

Classmates (8T5) and friends of the late Paul G. Halligan have established this award in his honour. The award will be presented to a deserving undergraduate student who holds an official student governing position, played four or more intramural sports, exemplifies high leadership qualities and contributes greatly to the spirit of the student body at the Faculty of Pharmacy.

K. Wayne Hindmarsh Award of Excellence

This award, established in honour of K. Wayne Hindmarsh, Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy from 1998 to 2009, is awarded to a student who shows outstanding achievement in the areas in which Dr. Hindmarsh excelled – leadership, academics and the advancement of the pharmacy profession. The recipient must be enrolled in the first, second or third year of the undergraduate program, must have a Grade Point Average of 3.50 or higher in the year of application, and must be eligible for financial assistance under the OTSS guidelines. No student may be the recipient of this award more than once. The award will not be given if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Jennifer Houwer (Kadwell) and Holly Pietowski (MacDonald) Memorial Award

Jennifer Houwer (Kadwell) received the degree of BScPhm from the University of Toronto in 2011. She suffered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma throughout most of her studies at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and succumbed to the disease in 2012. Holly Pietowski (MacDonald) entered the BScPhm program in 2007. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2010 and passed away in 2011 before completing the program. The family and friends of Jennifer Houwer (Kadwell) and Holly Pietowski (MacDonald) established an award in their memory. It is given to a student in the undergraduate program who demonstrates exceptional vision and outstanding leadership through volunteer service to the community (outside of the Faculty, but within the University), has played on at least one intramural sports team and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70. Students are only eligible to receive this award once.

Doris C. Kalamut Leadership Award

Doris Kalamut graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1978.  She returned in 1981 to teach on a part-time basis, and became a full-time course coordinator and lecturer in Professional Practice in 2004.  In 2012, she was appointed the inaugural Director of Student Experience and Academic Progress at the Faculty. Mrs. Kalamut was very involved in student activities while attending the Faculty. She was valedictorian and president of her graduating class and remains actively involved in class activities, organizing the 35th reunion in 2013. A long-time supporter of Pharmacy students, Mrs. Kalamut established the Doris C. Kalamut Leadership Award to advocate for student success by encouraging leadership skills and involvement in extracurricular activities. It is awarded to a student in any year of the Professional Program who achieves academic excellence (minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0), exhibits strong leadership skills and is involved in extracurricular activities that contribute to the betterment of student life at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. No student is eligible to receive this award more than once and if, in a given year, a suitable candidate is not identified, the award will not be bestowed.

Khalsa Humanitarian Award

Manjit Hansra received the degree of BScPhm from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in 2003. He volunteered in the community during his time as a student at the Faculty and while working abroad as a community pharmacist. He also instilled the concept of SEVA by coordinating team building volunteer activities with his management team. He has established this award to promote the concept of SEVA, or ‘selfless service’: a giving back to the community and serving those who need a helping hand, which allows us to uplift society as a whole and to see the entire human race as one. The Khalsa Humanitarian Award will be given to a student, in any year of the undergraduate program, who has demonstrated community involvement and volunteer service. No student may receive the award more than once. The award will not be given if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Horace David McCord Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the late Horace David McCord to be awarded to students who originally were educated in the Ottawa Valley, and who have high academic standing in the entry-to-practice PharmD program.

Kenny Tan Award

Kenny Tan graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1998. He is a community pharmacist who prides himself on being an educator and a mentor. He has been an ongoing contributing member of the Faculty in the capacity of a mentor to First year pharmacy students, preceptor to SPEP and APPE students as well as a lecturer in both Experiential and Medication Therapy Management courses. As an undergraduate student at the Faculty, Kenny held positions on the Executive Committee of the Undergraduate Pharmacy Society for three years. He was the recipient of the Walton Award after his Third year and received a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in Fourth year. Kenny has always believed that it is important to be a well-rounded individual and that students maintain a good balance in their social, athletic and academic life. Kenny established this award to reflect this. The Kenny Tan Award will be given annually to a student in each of Years 1, 2 and 3 of the undergraduate pharmacy program who has a minimum academic standing of Second Class Honours and has accumulated the most UPS points for their respective cohort in the year of the award.

Leo Weksler Award

Leo Weksler graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1956. As the son of hard-working immigrants, of very modest means, Leo was the first in his family to go to University. He was always grateful to the profession of pharmacy as it gave him the means to assist his family, even while he was a student working in drug stores. The Leo Weksler Award will be presented to a deserving undergraduate student in Year 1, 2, or 3 at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy who holds a position on the Executive Team of the IMAGINE Clinic, has participated in one additional pharmacy club in the same academic year, and has achieved a minimum of Second Class Honours. Students are only eligible to receive this award once.