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 presented at HPO’s annual conference by submitting our Nomination Form here:
2020 Lori Chow Memorial Award Nomination Form

Current Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 Lori Chow Recognition Award recipients!

Ishita Aggarwal

Photo of 2019 Lori Chow Recognition Award - Ishita Aggarwal

Ishita is an up-and-coming health entrepreneur and a health and human rights advocate.  She is currently a Master of Public Health Candidate at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, where she is specializing in Health Promotion.

  • Her accomplishments include:
  • Participation in Young Sustainable Impact (YSI) Innovation Program to help address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Serving as Content Creator and On-Air Reporter at VIBE105.5 FM at York University. She identified relevant and timely health news topics in Toronto and/or Greater Toronto Area.
  • Founding MOM’S THE WORD (MTW), a non-profit organization that hosts free prenatal workshops for homeless and low-income pregnant women to fight health illiteracy, maternal poverty, and infant morbidity.
  • Among many other awards, she has most recently been named a Johnson and Johnson (J&J) One Young World (OYW) Scholar, and attended the Young World Summit in The Netherlands in October 2018 where she received mentoring from J&J executives and employees.

Ishita has worked in a variety of sectors with individuals who come from different backgrounds and face unique challenges. In all professional interactions, she makes health prevention and promotion a top priority. Moreover, Ishita spreads positive energy to others, all while supporting her community and empowering those who live in it, regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Hence, she understands that a strong community is built when all people come together, spending quality time with one another, having shared values, and combining work and play.

Lori Kleinsmith

APhoto of 2018 Lori Chow Recognition Award Lori Kleinsmiths a health promoter at Bridges Community Health Centre (CHC), Lori has been able to champion the importance of the social determinants of health, enable transformative change for people and communities facing barriers to health.

Earlier in her career, as the Program Manager for Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, Lori implemented health promotion activities focused on the prevention of alcohol and drug misuse. Currently, as a smoking cessation counsellor at Bridges CHC, Lori implements individual client-centered interventions using evidence-based approaches and is member of the regional community of practice.

Lori has:

  • Been the local champion for issues including income security and dental health
  • Facilitated the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network’s Wages and Work group, who authors annual reports on the cost of living in Niagara and calculate Niagara’s living wage.
  • Served as Chair of the Niagara Dental Health Coalition, and Chair of the Safe Communities Port Colborne Committee for which she was awarded Ambassador For Safety Volunteer, 2010
  • Devoted time to mentoring the next generation of public health professionals and health promoters by working with students to impress the need for human rights based approaches to poverty reduction as well as health and social service delivery.

With close to two decades of experience empowering individuals to make healthy behavior changes and advocating for public policies that would allow individuals to increase control over and to improve their health, she practices and preaches the tenants of health promotion. Her ability to share her knowledge with diverse audiences to motivate and engage others is truly invaluable.

Past Recipients

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