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Canadian Paediatric Society

Danielle Grenier Member Recognition Award

The Canadian Paediatric Society would not function without the work and dedication of its many volunteer members. 

Each year, more than 100 members volunteer their time on committees, section executives and the Board of Directors. Many more serve as spokespeople, peer reviewers and liaisons with other organizations. 

To recognize outstanding contributions, the CPS has established the CPS Member Recognition Award. 

Nominations are solicited from the Board of Directors and CPS staff. The winner is chosen by the Membership Subcommittee. The award is presented during the CPS annual conference. Current voting members of the board of directors are not eligible.

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Current recipient(s): Dr. Dawn Davies

Dr. Dawn Davies

Dr. Dawn Davies receives the Danielle Grenier Member Recognition Award for her tremendous contribution to the discussion around Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and children and youth. Dr. Davies has been the Medical Director of the pediatric palliative care program at Stollery Children's Hospital since 1999 and received her Masters of Health Care Ethics and Law in 2011. As the current chair of the Bioethics Committee and principal author of the CPS position statement on MAID, Dr. Davies is helping policy-makers safeguard the best interests of children and youth. Following the issuance of the statement in June 2017, she served as a spokesperson for the CPS, conducting numerous media interviews. In addition to this, Dr. Davies co-chaired an Alberta Health Services expert working group, as well as Chairs the Council of Canadian Academies expert panel regarding possible extension of eligibility for MAID by mature minors.

This award is named and given in honour of Dr. Danielle Grenier, a leader in paediatrics who passed away in 2014. In her working life and through her brilliant and positive presence, she shaped many areas of child and youth care over the years.  An exceptional clinician, she trained locally and practiced with her husband, Dr. Luc Charette, in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, caring for two generations of children. But her influence extended all across Canada, and beyond. In her tireless work as Director of Medical Affairs for the CPS (1994 to 2014), she helped to guide best practice. She was a prolific contributor to Paediatrics & Child Health and to several important books, most recently as co-editor of Well Beings: A Guide to Health in Child Care. Dr. Grenier was an instructor and mentor who nurtured the CPS Residents Section and, most recently, collaborated in developing the Education Program for Immunization Competencies (EPIC). She was an active and outspoken advocate on countless child and youth health issues, both as a frequent spokesperson for the CPS and a long-time member of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. Her work with the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program since its founding in 1996 was widely recognized at home and internationally.

Past recipients


Drs. Jean-Yves Frappier and Douglas McMillan


Dr. Dorothy Moore and Dr. Joan Robinson, for outstanding vaccine advocacy in print, in committee and in the media.


Dr. Mark Awuku


Dr. Tony Barozzino and Dr. Chuck Hui are co-editors-in-chief of Caring for Kids New to Canada (, an online bilingual resource launched in April 2013 for health professionals working with immigrant and refugee children, youth, and families.


Dr. Debra Andrews and Dr. William Mahoney for their outstanding work co-editing the 2012 revision of Children with School Problems: A Physician’s Manual.


Dr. Claire Leblanc of Montreal for her tireless promotion of physical activity and obesity prevention.


Dr. Dorothy Moore of Quebec for her role in developing CPS position statements, publications, and information for families and caregivers.


Dr. Robert Bortolussi of Nova Scotia for his exceptional leadership during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.


Drs. Danielle Grenier and Denis Leduc of Quebec for their work as co-editors of Well Beings: A Guide to Health in Child Care (3rd edition).


Dr. Nalini Singhal of Alberta for her work with the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.


Dr. Alyson Shaw of Ontario for promoting literacy and for her work with the Read, Speak, Sing program.


Dr. Jenn Brenner of Alberta for her work with Healthy Child Uganda


Dr. Kent Saylor of Quebec for his work on the CPS First Nations and Inuit Health Committee and his involvement with Many Hands, One


Dr. Susan Bennett of Ontario for creating the new child and youth maltreatment section and for her efforts in recruiting new members.

Last updated: May 23 2018