News in brief for the week of January 10, 2011

Andrea Tone honoured by APA, Brenda Milner is named a Transformational Canadian, and First-year philanthropist Kimberly Fortin named one of Canada’s Top Ten Teen Philanthropists.

Tone honoured by APA

Andrea Tone, Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine, has been awarded the American Psychiatric Associations’ Benjamin Rush Award for outstanding contributions to the history of psychiatry. Tone will present the Benjamin Rush Lecture at the Association’s Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, next May. Tone’s areas of interest include women and health, medical technology, sexuality, psychiatry and industry, particularly the intersection between patient experience, cultural contexts and technological and economic change in nineteenth and twentieth-century America.

Milner named Transformational Canadian

Brenda Milner, Dorothy J. Killam Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) and Professor in McGill’s Dept. of Neurology and Neurosurgery, was named one of the 25 Transformational Canadians by CTV and the Globe and Mail for “vision, leadership and action that immeasurably improved the lives of others.” Nominations of Canadians from the fields of business, science and technology, health care, environment, education and community were solicited from a select panel and from the public to recognize those people with a passion for positive change and the discipline and focus to achieve outstanding results.

First-year philanthropist earns national recognition

Kimberly Fortin, a first-year student in International Development and African Studies, has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Teen Philanthropists for her work with Cedar Park’s Youth in Action group for Free the Children. The Pointe-Claire, Que. native received the award in late December from Mackenzie Investments in its third annual national search for teen philanthropists. Since it was founded in 2003, Cedar Park’s Youth in Action Group of Free the Children has raised more than $100,000 for Free the Children education and humanitarian projects in countries including Sierra Leone, Senegal and Haiti. Free the Children was founded in 1995 by 12-year-old Craig Kielburger. The organization is now the world’s largest network of children helping children, with more than one million people involved in programs in 45 countries.