Lori Chow Memorial Award

recognizing health promotion excellence in Ontario

Honouring Ms. Lori Chow

Lori Chow was a long-time member of HPO who passed away on May 19th, 2007.

As the Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Thunder Bay and District Health Unit, Lori was a driving force for HPO for most of its history. She served in many capacities, including Chair and ALPHA representative. She was a strong presence at the provincial level, involved in cancer prevention, heart health promotion and advancing health promotion and public health at the systems-level. Lori was instrumental in the Public Health Capacity Review as a health promotion representative.

Lori was a passionate advocate for health promotion and a brilliant communicator. She enriched the lives of all of us who were fortunate enough to know her.

She will be sadly missed.

Do you know of someone or have a colleague who is an exceptional Health Promoter in Ontario?

Do they:

  • Demonstrate excellence in health promotion?
  • Strongly advocate for health promotion, population and public health?
  • Demonstrate leadership in health promotion at the local, regional or provincial level?
  • Share their passion for health promotion through mentoring and career development of others?

You can nominate your colleague for the next award by submitting a Nomination Form here.

Current Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020 Lori Chow Recognition Award recipient and honourable mentions!

Taniya Nagpal – University of Ottawa

Honourable Mentions

This year, we had a record number of nominations.  As such, HPO recognized excellence in health promotion with three honourable mentions:

Michelle Kolobutin, NorWest Community Health Centre (Thunder Bay)

Amanda Mongeon, Timiskaming Health Unit

Michelle Amri, University of Toronto (Dalla Lana School of Public Health).

Past Recipients

2018 – Ishita Aggarwal, Lori Kleinsmith

2017 – Samiya Abdi, Rebecca Fortin

2013 – Marty Mako

2012 – Ellen Wodchis

2011 – Kevin Churchill, Denise Depape

2010 – Theresa Schumilas

2009 – Shawn Fendley

2008 – Gayle Bursey