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The Lilli Ann Zahara Award of $500 is presented annually to a member (regular) of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

Lil Zahara graduated with Honours from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1967, and went on to receive her Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada). She started her career in Ontario, but her love for the west brought her back to Alberta in 1970. Lil worked for several years as a public health inspector and then specialized in Health Education. In 1976 Lil accepted the additional position of Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. Lil held this challenging and very time consuming position until 1982. After several years as an employee of the Calgary Board of Health, left to begin a career as an Environmental Health Consultant. Lil was appointed to sit as a member of the Calgary Board of Health by the then Mayor of Calgary, Ralph Klein.

Lil was a member of the Canadian Public Health Association, a Honourary Member of the Canadian Restaurant Association and received an award from Academy of Chefs. In 1977, Lil was awarded the prestigious Canadian Silver Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada. The awarding of the Medal was in appreciation of worthy and devoted service rendered by the recipients in their various walks of life and the esteem in which their colleagues held them. Lil died in 2004, after a two year battle with cancer

Who is eligible? Those working in the field of public health inspection and have been a CIPHI (regular) member in good standing, for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years. The recipient shall display the highest level of dedication, commitment, inspiration and leadership in the field of environmental health, particularly with a focus on food safety and/or health education. An individual can only be awarded the Lilli Ann Zahara award once. No current member of the EHFC Board of Trustees is eligible for this award.

How to Apply: To nominate an individual, describe in a letter of no more than 500 words, how your nominee fulfills the above mentioned criteria. Complete and submit the nomination form and attach the nomination letter to ehfc@outlook.com. The award will be presented at the annual National CIPHI Annual Educational Conference or at a mutually agreed event should the candidate not be able to attend the conference.