Clifford E. Van Alstyne Award


This NEW award in 2017 recognizes the commitment, involvement or innovation in the field of environmental public health, with a focus on communication in all of its forms--within the national environmental public health community.

The Clifford E. Van Alstyne Award of $1,000 is generously donated by the Van Alstyne family to reflect Cliff's national contribution to public health and his long standing work to initiate and nationalize the professional journal, the Environmental Health Review.

Cliff received his Certificate in Sanitary Inspection (Canada) #804 in 1952 at age of 25 and became a life-long member of CIPHI. Cliff worked in several rural Manitoba towns and was a member of the Manitoba Branch Executive and held the positions of Councillor, Secretary, and Vice President. Cliff believed that the Institute needed to do a better job of communicating with its members so he promoted a branch newsletter which was supported by the Branch and Cliff became the first Editor of the Manitoba Branch newsletter. In 1967 Cliff moved his family to BC to take a position with the BC Ministry of Health and transferred his CIPHI membership to the BC Branch and was elected as a CIPHI National Executive Councillor in 1968. Cliff then joined the Medical Services Branch of Health Canada and became a strong supporter of Federal EHOs. In 1977, when Len Hiebert retired as the Editor of the CIPHI Environmental Health Review, Cliff became joint editor of the EHR for two years. He then along with two colleagues took on the role of Editors and Publishers of the BC Branch Page from the Winter1979 to the Spring 1982 issues.

Complete and submit the award nomination form to ehfc@outlook.com, along with a letter outlining the rationale for the nomination (maximum 500 words). <