Past Presidents and Award Winners

Most Recent Past President

Elise Wickett, RVT


OAVT HONORARY MEMBER

Recognizes any individual who vastly improves the lives of animals. Such an award will be handed out periodically to an individual who makes a significant contribution to the health and welfare of animals. (Award criteria changed as of July 2017.)  

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)

Recognizes an organization or stakeholder in the animal health community who has demonstrated outstanding support and contribution to the increased awareness of the field of veterinary technology.  The recipient has furthered the image of the RVT through encouragement and support of the profession. (Award criteria changed as of July 2017.)     

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)

Recognizes an RVT in good standing with the OAVT who has demonstrated a long-standing history of community service and dedication at the regional, provincial, or national level in a professionally related association.  This individual has continuously promoted and enhanced the image of OAVT members and the field of veterinary technology through their positive interactions with the public and community members. (Award criteria changed as of July 2017.) 

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

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

Recognizes an RVT in good standing with the OAVT who exemplifies dedication to the humane medical treatment of animals and excels in all aspects of their field.  Candidates demonstrate enthusiasm for their chosen profession, dedication to animal health care, and support for a cohesive team environment.  Their concern for animal welfare stands out to others in their workplace.  This individual works to augment the image and recognition for RVTs in veterinary medical communities and to the public through their professionalism and overall direction. (Award criteria changed as of July 2017.)  

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)

Recognizes a Veterinarian who is in good standing with their provincial accrediting body that has demonstrated outstanding support of and contributions to the increased awareness of the role of the RVT as part of the complete animal health care team and encourages a team approach to veterinary medicine.  (Award criteria changed as of July 2017.) 

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

OAVT RVT OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS AWARD (est. 2004)

The recipient of this award is an RVT in good standing with the OAVT who has demonstrated outstanding support for the RVT profession.  Their contributions have had a progressive impact on the Association, or the awareness of the RVT profession. They continually enhance the image of the members of the OAVT through their positive example in their field. (Award criteria changed as of July 2017.)

Winners:

  • 2004-05 - Cass Bayley (Bayley Group)
  • 2005-06 - Donna Vinen
  • 2006-07 - no recipient
  • 2007-08 - Doug Bolger, Learn2
  • 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

OAVT RVT COMPLIMENTARY LIFE MEMBERS

RVTs who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of veterinary technology throughout their career and has distinguished themselves by furthering the objectives of the OAVT. In order to qualify for this award candidates must be an RVT Member or an RVT Retired member in good standing with the OAVT for at least 10 years, made wide-reaching contributions that have positively impacted the field of veterinary technology in Ontario; promoted the profession with the public and with stakeholder; attributed contributions that resulted in significant strategic gains for the OAVT. (Award criteria changed as of July 2017.)

COMPLIMENTARY 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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