Michelle Harkness Mentorship Award

This award was created to honour the memory of Michelle Harkness, Manager of AllerGen’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Training and Events Program from 2011 to 2017. The award recognizes and support trainees, researchers and partners that demonstrate a significant commitment to capacity building and career enhancement through mentorship.

2019 Inaugural Michelle Harkness Mentorship Awards

2019 MHMA awardees with Harkness family members – L to R: Min Hyung Ryu (representing Dr. Chris Carlsten); Loubna Akhabir; Lianne Soller; Mary-Ellen Rayner; Kasey Harkness; Manel Jordana; Gurpreet Singhera; Glenn Harkness; Meghan Azad; Jeremy Hirota; Sue Keller-Olaman; Paige Lacy. (Not pictured: Chris Carlsten and Neelofer Mukerjhee.)

The inaugural Michelle Harkness Mentorship Awards were presented on January 29, 2019, during the Gala evening of AllerGen’s ninth and final Research Conference in Toronto, ON. Eight exceptional members of the AllerGen network were recognized for their excellence as mentors, and four others were awarded grants to support the development of their mentoring skills.

2019 MHMA Lifetime Mentoring Achievement awardee

Manel Jordana (McMaster University)

2019 Mentoring Excellence – Investigator awardees

Meghan Azad (University of Manitoba)

Jeremy Hirota (McMaster University)

Paige Lacy (University of Alberta)

Christopher Carlsten (The University of British Columbia)

2019 Mentoring Excellence – Non-Investigator awardees

Loubna Akhabir (McMaster University)

John-Paul Oliveria (McMaster University)

Gurpreet Singhera (The University of British Columbia)

2019 MHMA Mentorship Development Grant awardees

Sue Keller-Olaman (Public Health Ontario)

Mary-Ellen Rayner (The Sandbox Project)

Lianne Soller(The University of British Columbia)

Neelofer Mukherjee (University of Manitoba)

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Donations toward this award, for which a charitable receipt can be issued, can be made through AllerGen’s partner organization, The Sandbox Project, by:

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Made out to “The Sandbox Project” and mailed to:

The Sandbox Project, 36 Toronto Street, Suite 1LG, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2C5

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