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CALA John Lawrence Student Scholarship Awards (Formerly the Scholarship For Quality Excellence Award) 

The CALA Scholarship for Quality Excellence is awarded annually to 2 students. Prior to 2010, awards were issued on a regional basis, one for Western Canada and one for Eastern Canada. The award recognizes the individual’s contribution to the “data quality aspects of environmental measurement, covering a variety of matrices”.

2016

WINNER 1

WINNER 2

2010 2010

Grace Park lives in Maple Ridge, BC and attends University of British Columbia. Her Science Discipline is a Major in Environmental Science. Grace completed her work term at Pacific Environmental Science Centre, North Vancouver, BC. Her paper was titled, “Forensic Analysis of Vegetable Oils Using Diamond Attenuated Total Reflectance – Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.”

University of British Columbia chemistry student, Grace Park receives CALA John Lawrence Scholarship from Mr. Al Colodey, Pacific & Yukon Director for CALA, and Graham vanAggelen, Manager of Environment Canada's Pacific Environmental Science Centre where Grace is a co-op student.

Jamie Frampton lives in Fredericton, NB and attends the University of New Brunswick.  Her Science Discipline is Medicinal Chemistry. Jamie completed her work term at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Moncton, NB. Her paper was titled, “Cleaning Up Oil Spills Using Quality Assurance and Quality Control.

University of New Brunswick chemistry student, Jamie Frampton receives CALA John Lawrence Scholarship from David Schellenberg, Atlantic region Director, and CALA Chair.

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2015

WINNER 1

WINNER 2

2010 2010

Sydney Heatherington lives in Hanwell, NB and attends the University of New Brunswick.  Her Science discipline is Medicinal Chemistry.  Sydney completed her work term at Analytical Services Laboratory in Fredericton, NB.  Her paper was titled, “Determination of Method Detection Limit and Limit of Quantitation in an Environmental Testing Laboratory.”

Sydney Heatherington, UNB student (right), receives John Lawrence scholarship certificate and cheque presented by Mr. David Schellenberg Atlantic region Director, and CALA Treasurer.

David Moon lives in Trail, BC and attends the University of British Columbia.  His Science discipline is Chemistry.  David completed his work term at Teck Metals in Trail, BC.  His paper was titled, “The Importance of Quality Assurance and Control in the Development of a Safer Method of Elemental Sulfur Analysis.”

Mr. Al Colodey (right), Pacific & Yukon Director for CALA presents John Lawrence scholarship certificate and cheque to UBC student David Moon.

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2014

WINNER 1

WINNER 2

2010 2010

Joyce Chan lives in Coquitlam, BC and attends Simon Fraser University. Her Science Discipline is Biology. Joyce completed her work term at the Environment Canada Laboratory, North Vancouver, BC. Her paper was titled, “Methyl Mercury: Experimentation in the Quest for Quality Assurance and Quality Control.”

From left to right: Mr. Al Colodey (left), Pacific & Yukon Director for CALA presents a John Lawrence Scholarship certificate and cheque to SFU co-op student Joyce Chan (centre), with Laboratory Manager Graham vanAggelen (right).

Marcus Hammoud lives in Waterloo, Ontario and attends Wilfrid Laurier University. His Science Discipline is Biology – Environmental Science Option. Marcus completed his work term at Environmental Enforcement, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Cambridge, Ontario. His paper was titled, “The Importance of Quality Assurance & Quality Control in use with the Bacterial Media m-HPC.”

From left to right: Mr. Marcus Hammoud, WLU student (left), receives a John Lawrence Scholarship certificate and cheque presented by Ms. Glenna Pike Ontario Director for CALA, with his former microbiology supervisor Ann-Marie Weber (right).





2013

WINNER 1

WINNER 2

2010 No 2nd winner.

Kayla O'Link lives in Sudbury, Ontario and attends Cambrian College. She is pursuing Chemical Engineering – Lab and Process Control. Kayla completed her work term at the Geo Science Laboratory, Sudbury, Ontario. Her paper was titled, "Quality Control of Laboratory Hotplates."

From left to right: Mark Charbonneau, CALA Director, presents the certificate and a $1000 cheque to Kayla O'Link. To Kayla's right, Annette Gladu- Chemical Technologist, Solution Preparation (Annette worked with and directed Kayla on her project) and Ed Debicki- Ontario Geological Survey Senior Manager of the Geoscience Laboratory.

 





2012

WINNER 1

WINNER 2

2012 2012

Maiju Saarinen lives in Hamilton, Ontario and attends Mohawk College. She is persuing Chemical Engineering.  Maiju completed her work term at the City of Hamilton Environmental Laboratory, Hamilton, Ontario. Her paper was titled, “How Quality Control Can Protect Drinking Water Pipes From Corrosion.”

From left to right: Jason Oatley, CALA Director, presents the certificate and cheque to Maiju Saarinen. (Scholarship also includes a cheque for $1000).

Georgina Rainsford is from Sudbury, Ontario, and is enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Georgina’s work term was at Geoscience Laboratories in Sudbury, Ontario. Her paper was “A Canary in a Coalmine – Designing Effective and Efficient Control Charts for Quality Control in X-Ray Fluorescence.”

From right to left: C. Charles Brimley, CALA President and CEO, presenting the certificate and cheque to Georgina Rainsford(Scholarship also includes a cheque for $1000).





2011

WINNER 1

WINNER 2

2010 2010

Margot Couse lives in Toronto, Ontario and attends Wilfrid Laurier University. She is pursuing Honours B.Sc Biology with Environmental Science Option. Margot completed her work term at the Particulate Characterization Unit at 335 River Road in Ottawa, Ontario. Her paper was titled, "Importance of quality assurance and control in air pollution monitoring."

From left to right: Board Chair, Assessor and AP Member, Linda Neimor presents Margot Couse with a scholarship certificate (Scholarship also includes a cheque for $1000).

Megan Bauer lives in Moncton, New Brunswick and is enrolled in the Department of Pathology & Microbiology at the University of Prince Edward Island. Megan’s work term was at Environment Canada at the Environmental Science Center Toxicology Laboratory in Moncton. Her paper was titled, “Quantity or Quality? That is the Question.”

From left to right: CALA Assessor and AP Member, Paula Jackman (presents Megan Bauer with a scholarship certificate (Scholarship also includes a cheque for $1000).





2010

WINNER 1

WINNER 2

2010 2010

Alexandra Coros lives in Toronto, Ontario and attends the University of Western Ontario where she is pursuing a BSC in Biology. Alexandra completed her work term at Wastewater Technology Centre Analytical Laboratory, Environment Canada in Burlington, Ontario. Her paper was titled, “The Challenges of Analyzing Trace Contaminants in Wastewater.”

From left to right: Rosa Gonzales, CALA Director (City of Hamilton) presents Alexandra Coros with a scholarship cheque for $1000 (Scholarship also includes a certificate).

Tanya Binkley lives in Hanmer, Ontario and is enrolled in Chemical Engineering Technology-Lab & Process Control at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. Tanya’s work term was at Geoscience Laboratories, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. Her paper was titled, “Analysis of Geological Material Using a Multi-Acid Digest.”

From left to right: Tanya Binkley is presented with a scholarship certificate (Scholarship also includes a cheque for $1000) by Brenda McLay, CALA Director (Near North Labs Inc.).





2009

WESTERN CANADA

EASTERN CANADA

2009  

Norma J. Ruecker is currently working towards a PhD in Medicine – Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Calgary. Since 2005, Norma’s ongoing work term has been with the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab) in Calgary. Her paper is entitled, “Quality Control and Quality Assurance in the Validation of a Cryptosporidium Genotyping Method.”

On November 5, 2009, a presentation, attended by 30 staff, was held at the ProvLab.

From left to right: Pat Lang, CALA Director (Alberta Environment), presents Norma Ruecker with a CALA Student Scholarship certificate and a cheque for $1000.

No 2009 Winner.





2008

WESTERN CANADA

EASTERN CANADA

2008 2008

Samantha Frasz is from Regina, Saskatchewan and is enrolled in Integrated Science (B.Sc.). at Carleton University in Ottawa. Samantha completed her work term at AAQD Division, Environment Canada, Analysis and Air Quality Division, Science & Technology Branch, Ottawa, Ontario. Her paper was entitled, “Pieces of the Puzzle.”

From left to right: Michèle Giddings, CALA Director (Health Canada), Samantha Frasz and Dr. George Iwama, Dean of Science at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Michelle Mansfield is from Kentville, Nova Scotia and attends Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Michelle is working towards a Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Chemistry and her work term was at the Municipality of the County of Kings in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Michelle’s general topic was, “Determining the Quality of the Analytical Measurements When Evaluating or Studying the Data Associated With an Environmental Study.”

From left to right: James Doull, CALA Director (Environment Canada), Michelle Mansfield, and Dr. Malcolm Butler, Dean of Science at St. Mary's University in Halifax.





2007

WESTERN CANADA

EASTERN CANADA

2007 2007

Chad Novotny attends Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. taking Environmental Science in Chemistry. Chad’s work term was at the ALS Laboratory Group in Edmonton, Alberta. His paper was entitled, “Special Prepare Sulfate”.

From left to right: From left to right: Al Colodey (CALA Board Member, Environment Canada) and Chad Novotny.

Jordana Van Geest attends the University of Guelph taking Environmental Biology / Toxicology. Jordana’s work term was completed at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Laboratory Services Branch in Etobicoke, Ontario. Her paper was entitled “A Review of Factors which Influence Data Quality in Toxicity Testing”.

From left to right: David Poirier (Ontario MOE), Jordana Van Geest, John Lawrence (CALA Board Member, Environment Canada), Keith Solomon (Jordana’s university supervisor and a senior scientist from Ontario MOE).