R. Paul Kerston Award for Community Educators

Award Recipients

R. Paul Kerston Community Educator Award

For patient / community educators who have expanded student learning beyond traditional professional boundaries.

Named after long-time community educator, R. Paul Kerston, this annual award was established in 2014 to honour outstanding community educators who have made a difference to student learning at UBC. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • For a patient / community educator who has made an outstanding contribution to student learning and/or student professional development in health and human service programs at UBC.
  • Current faculty are NOT eligible
  • Current clinicians/health professionals are NOT eligible
  • Previous award winners are not eligible but other nominees can be nominated again

Nomination Process

  • Can be nominated by anyone (student, community member, community agency, staff, faculty) but must be seconded by at least one student.
  • Complete a nomination form stating why the nominee is deserving of the award and providing supporting evidence (e.g. written description, testimony from witnesses, quotes from students, film, art work, supporting photos)

Adjudication Process

  • Adjudication committee: UBC Health Awards committee
  • Adjudicators will consider factors such as the number of students impacted, length of time and nature of the impact on students (e.g. instills values of interprofessional practice, patient-centred care, accessibility, lived experience, holistic learning, community engagement by students).

Nomination deadline: August.
Online nomination form: Click here
Review process: Sept/Oct
Award(s) announced in Fall

Past Award Recipients

Left to Right: Minnie Teng, Bill Godolphin, Chris Hofley,
Elise Cantner, Angela Towle

Chris' partnership with UBC began in 2011 when he volunteered to mentor students in the Health Mentors Program. Since then he has mentored 4 cohorts of students from 6 different discplines and taken on many additional roles including panelist, presenter, co-author and steering committee member. As a member of the Health Mentors Steering Committee Chris has played an important role in the program’s development, implementation, and dissemination. He presented at Collaborating Across Borders in 2013 and published a paper in the journal The Clinical Teacher in 2014.


Left to Right: Angela Towle, Darren Lauscher, Gerry Oleman, Bill Godolphin

Gerry Oleman is an Elder, knowledge keeper, mentor, role model, collaborator, ceremonialist, story teller, healer, educator. He has been a teacher at UBC for over 15 years, sharing his story of his residential school experiences with medical, dentistry, and social work students as well as teaching family practice residents.

Gerry facilitated UBC’s Truth and Reconciliation process at the UBC Longhouse and is the Elder in Residence for UBC’s Summer Science – an initiative that brings Indigenous high school students to UBC for one week of science and cultural activities. 

Darren Lauscher has been a teacher, mentor, and course facilitator with UBC since 2012. He has served on numerous planning and advisory committees at the university, including the UBC Health Council.

Darren is currently involved in five research projects at the provincial and the national level and serves on behalf of HIV/AIDS organizations with the McLaren Housing Society of BC to provide safe, secure and affordable housing and support services for families and people living with HIV/AIDS.



Left to right: Bill Godolphin & Angela Towle (Co-Directors), Paula Carr

Paula Carr, a Community Strategist and Intercultural Neighborhood Developer with Collingwood Neighborhood House, has collaborated with UBC since 2004. She helped produce an award winning film titled, “Where Strangers Became Neighbours” that has been used in 6 or more UBC courses. This film illustrates the importance of an intercultural community development approach when working with a team of community partners and diverse neighbourhood populations. Since 2011, Paula has been involved in a project called INTERactive where she has supervised numerous UBC students doing community-based experiential learning projects. Paula is also co-author of a chapter that is a case study of the Interactive project. 


Left to right: Bill Godolphin, Mo Krchinski, Tiare Laporte, Angela Towle

Mo Korchinski is a founding member of Women in2 Healing (Wi2H), a not-for-profit community-based organization of formerly incarcerated women, volunteers and academics who seek to improve the physical, emotional and social healing of women inside and outside of prison by engaging in participatory research processes. She visits schools, colleges and universities to share her story and findings from Wi2H research projects with students.

Tiare Laporte helped develop a speech and audiology course, titled: Approaches to audiology and speech-language pathology for persons of First Nations, Metis or Inuit heritage. She facilitated community learning experiences for over 160 audiology and speech-language pathology students and serves on the school's Advisory Council.


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