Past Presidents and Award Winners

Most Recent Past President

Elise Wickett, RVT


HONORARY MEMBER (OAVT Membership paid for one full year)

Honorary Members shall be such individuals as the Board of Directors shall determine from time to time for the period of one year.

Honorary Members:

  • 2002-03 - Kim Empringham, RVT
  • 2003-04 - Joanne Pidgeon, RVT
  • 2004-05 - Janine Graham, RVT
  • 2005-06 - Mary Martini, RVT
  • 2006-07 - Christine Booth, RVT
  • 2007-08 - Janet Ogilvie, RVT
  • 2008-09 - Frances Cheslo, RVT
  • 2009-10 - Senani Ratnayake, RVT
  • 2010-11- Tine Curran
  • 2011-12 - Jennifer McDonell, RVT
  • 2012-13 - Shannon Brownrigg, RVT
  • 2013-14 - Kirsti Clarida, RVT
  • 2014-15 - Betsy Wismer, RVT
  • 2015-16 - no recipient
  • 2016-17 - Julia Bitan, RVT

Past OAVT Award Winners

OAVT APPRECIATION AWARD (Est. 1994)

Presented to a veterinarian, sales representative or company in the animal health community, who has demonstrated outstanding support and has contributed to the increased awareness of the RVT’s role in the animal health community.

Winners:

  • 1994-95 - Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • 1995-96 - MCT
  • 1996-97 - Bayer
  • 1997-98 - Veterinary Purchasing
  • 1998-99 - Merial Canada
  • 1999-2000 - Vet Med Diets
  • 2000-01 - Novartis
  • 2001-02 - Heather Lowe
  • 2002-03 - Shering Plough
  • 2003-04 - Clarity Consulting, Jeff Pym
  • 2004-05 - Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • 2005-06 - Bayer Health Care, Animal Health Division
  • 2006-07 - David Alves, DVM, Ontario Ministry of Agri-Food and Rural Affairs
  • 2007-08 - Gateway Pet Memorial Services Inc.
  • 2008-09 - Mike Zimmerman, Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
  • 2009-10 - no recipient
  • 2010-11 - Paul Stiles, OCA
  • 2011-12 - Dr Sue Carstairs, DVM
  • 2012-13 - Rick Culbert (Bioniche)
  • 2013-14 - Amy Breton
  • 2014-15 - Milk Bone
  • 2015-16 - Rob Swackhammer, DVM
  • 2016-17 - Clayton Greenway, DVM

OAVT Merit Award (Est. 1983)

Merit winners have a long standing history of community service and dedication at a regional, national or provincial level in any related association. The winners should be those who promote and enhance the image of the members of the OAVT and the RVT profession.

Winners:

  • 1984-85 - Marg Brown, RVT
  • 1985-86 - Don Johnstone
  • 1986-87- Laura Keck, RVT
  • 1987-88- Ingrid Alexy-Ferrede
  • 1988-89 - Susan Brenner
  • 1989-90 - Shirley Inglis, RVT
  • 1990-91 - Steve Hood
  • 1992-93 - Carrie Purcell
  • 1994-95- Julie Palmer
  • 1995-96 - Candice Jones
  • 1996-97 - Barb Donaldson, RVT
  • 1997-98 - Amanda Hathway, RVT
  • 1998-99 - Tracy Peddigrew
  • 1999-2000 - Carlos Hortiguela de Pablos
  • 2000-01- Laura Wittmer, RVT
  • 2001-02 - Sally Major, RVT
  • 2002-03 - Julie Avington, RVT
  • 2003-04 - Monica Tighe, RVT
  • 2004-05 - Iona Guindon-Carson, RVT
  • 2005-06- Nancy MacFarlane, RVT
  • 2006-07 - Wendy Cartwright, RVT
  • 2007-08 - Caroline Auer, RVT
  • 2008-09 - Frances Cheslo, RVT
  • 2009-10 - Chris Robinson, RVT
  • 2010-11 - no recipient
  • 2011-12 - Jennifer Panko, RVT
  • 2012-13 - Shawn Amerlinck, RVT
  • 2013-14 - no recipient
  • 2014-15 - Laura Sutton, RVT
  • 2015-16 - John Bell, RVT
  • 2016-17 - Linda Groocock, RVT

RVT of the Year (Est. 1995 as “OAVT Veterinary Technician of the Year”)

The RVT of the Year must display dedication to the humane medical treatment of animals and excel in all aspects of their field. Winners should be those who augment the image and recognition of the Registered Veterinary Technician in the public or veterinary medical communities.

Winners:

  • 1996-97 - Marlene De Boer, RVT
  • 1997-98 - Julie Ball-Karn, RVT
  • 1998-99 - Rebecca Atkinson, RVT
  • 1999-00 - Heather Creasey, RVT/Ingrid Danylyk
  • 2000-01 - Sharon Matle, RVT
  • 2001-02 - Laura Coutie, RVT
  • 2002-03 - Pam Nixon, RVT
  • 2003-04 - Charlotte MacDonald, RVT
  • 2004-05 - Kathy Taylor, RVT
  • 2005-06 - Marcie Burling, RVT
  • 2006-07 - Diane McGill, RVT
  • 2007-08 - Jennifer King, RVT
  • 2008-09 - Scott Mohr, RVT
  • 2009-10 - Amanda Regier, RVT
  • 2010-11 - Shelley Denomme, RVT
  • 2011-12 - Alison Weller, RVT
  • 2012-13 - Shaun Beach, RVT
  • 2013-14 - Charlotte Donohoe, RVT
  • 2014-15 - Darci Burtch, RVT
  • 2015-16 - Melanie Brooks, RVT
  • 2016-17 - Rachel Crane, RVT

OAVT VETERINARIAN APPRECIATION AWARD (Est. 1998)

Presented to a Veterinarian in the animal health community, who has demonstrated outstanding support and has contributed to the increased awareness of the veterinary technician’s role in the animal health community.

Winners:

  • 1998-99 - Dan Loncke, DVM
  • 1999-2000 - Jan Hall, DVM
  • 2000-01 - Sarah McLaughlin, DVM
  • 2001-02 - Irene Moore, DVM
  • 2002-03 - Clayton McKay, DVM
  • 2003-04 - Fraser Hale, DVM
  • 2004-05 - Doreen Houston, DVM
  • 2005-06 - DVMs: Sandy Taylor, Shirleen Guest, Louise Langlais-Burgess
  • 2006-07 -Alec Martin, DVM
  • 2007-08 - David Kerr, DVM
  • 2008-09 - Ian Sandler, DVM
  • 2009-10 - Bob Kenn, DVM
  • 2010-11- Candace Allen, DVM
  • 2011-12 - David Silver, DVM
  • 2012-13 - Bill Hanson, DVM
  • 2013-14 - Joselyn Kean, DVM
  • 2014-15 - Catherine Filejski, DVM
  • 2015-16 - Dawn Crandell, DVM
  • 2016-17 - Jen Clements, DVM

RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS AWARD (est. 2004)

The recipient of this award is a person or company who has demonstrated outstanding support. Their contributions have had a major impact on the OAVT and its success. They consistently look for opportunities to improve individual and/or Association performance. They continually enhance the image of the members of the OAVT and the RVT Profession.

Winners:

  • 2004-05 - Cass Bayley (Bayley Group)
  • 2005-06 - Donna Vinen
  • 2006-07 - no recipient
  • 2007-08 - Doug Bolger, Lead Designer/Facilitator L(earn)2
  • 2008-09 - Moffitt Printing, Effective Edge
  • 2009-10 - no recipient
  • 2010-11 - Kathy Zurbrigg
  • 2011-12 - Kirsti Clarida, RVT
  • 2012-13 - Andrea Steele, RVT
  • 2013-14 - Kate Enright, RVT
  • 2014-15 - Senani Ratnayake, RVT
  • 2015-16 - no recipient
  • 2016-17 - Amy Soccini, RVT

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
(OAVT Membership paid for life)

Honorary Life Members shall be those who have distinguished themselves in furthering the objects of the OAVT or to the advancement of the study or profession of Veterinary Technology.

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS:

2000-01
Laura Keck, RVT
2001-02
Steve Hood
2002-03
Barb Donaldson, RVTr
2003-04
Marg Brown, RVT
2004-05
Monica Tighe, RVT
2005-06
Tara Sefton, RVT
2006-07
Shirley Inglis, RVT
2007-08
Anne O’Donnell, RVT
2008-09
Peggy Casey, RVT
2009-10
Kim Empringham, RVT
2010-11
Julie Jones, RVT
2011-12
Frances Cheslo, RVT
2012-13
Tine Curran
2013-14
Barbara Parsons, RVTr
2015-16
Cathy Horner, RVT 
2016-17
Lori MacNeil, RVT 

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