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OMSSA Champion of Service Award

On September 22, 2010, Dr. Gina Browne was a recipient of the OMSSA Champion of Human Services Award, presented by Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Rick Bartolucci, MPP.

To celebrate 60 years of investing in people, the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association introduced a new Awards and Recognition program to recognize innovation and best practices in human services. The Champion of Human Services Award honours those who have made significant contributions at a municipal, provincial or federal level.

Gina was selected by the OMSSA Board of Directors because of her "proven and respected track record of achievement in human services" and is "recognized as a thought leader." The OMSSA believes her "work has been significant in progressing human services in the province" of Ontario. Gina's "people-centred approach" and research in the area of integration has served as inspiration to many.

Join us in congratulating Gina on receiving this award.



Honorary Doctorate of Laws

On June 19, 2009, Dr. Gina Browne received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Ryerson University at the Faculty of Community Services Convocation.

Gina was recognized for her outstanding work researching chronic illness and health and social service utilization by vulnerable populations, with a primary research focus on economic evaluation of comprehensive service intervention for children, adults, and seniors. She is particularly interested in clientele shared by health and social sectors, the combination of problems that guides simultaneous use of services, factors which explain the variability of client outcomes and the cost of a "life without purpose" to society. Gina has demonstrated exceptional leadership in moving community-based evaluation research forward within the Province of Ontario and has mentored many students and faculty in the conduct of research.

Ryerson University awards honorary degrees to individuals who have made contributions to academia and/or society in Canada or to the betterment of culture, or society or the local community.



CASN Award for Excellence in Nursing Research

Dr. Gina Browne received the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, November 2005.

Dr. Browne has a stellar record of disseminating findings from her research in interdisciplinary journals, through addresses to professional groups and policy makers and through the popular media. It has been said that, "Gina often thinks the unthinkable, says the unsayable, and does the undoable!"


Parks & Recreation Ontario Presidents´ Award of Distinction

In May 2002, Parks and Recreation Ontario honoured Gina Browne with a President´s Award of Distinction for her research on the benefits of providing recreation services to the disadvantaged.

Gina is Director of the System-Linked Resource Unit, which produced two studies, "When the Bough Breaks" and "Benefitting All the Beneficiaries." The studies found that it is equally effective, but less expensive, to serve peoples´ whole circumstance with proactive, comprehensive health and social services for mothers and quality child care and recreation services for children.

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