August 2019: On August 19 a plaque was unveiled at a ceremony at the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), honouring the first three recipients of the annual Roberta Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study and Practice of Occupational and Environmental Health. The award, presented originally by PWHS and WorkSafeBC and now by WorkSafeBC, goes to an SPPH student who has demonstrated excellence in coursework, practicum, or research in the area of occupational and environmental health. The award was initiated to honour the longstanding support of retired WorkSafeBC executive Roberta Ellis in the education and training of students in this area.
The 2019 winner is Emily Guy, now working as an occupational hygienist for Health Canada’s Public Service Occupational Health Program. 2018 winner Kyle Meeking works as an occupational hygiene officer for WorkSafeBC, and 2017 winner Nicole Boeder works as a health and safety advisor at the Vancouver Airport Authority.