The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) is proud to honour the memory and legacy of Tanny Nadon (1941-2016) by recognizing individuals who go above and beyond in their role of caregiver to a person impacted by a skin, hair, or nail condition.
Click on the video to hear last year’s recipient’s story.
Tell us about a caregiver in your life who has made a difference!
The CSPA invites you to nominate a friend or a family member for our Tanny Nadon Caregiver Award and Spotlight. A recipient will be chosen based on the following criteria:
- Dedication to providing assistance that goes beyond tending to physical needs
- Compassion and strength (i.e., an individual whose efforts have an extraordinary impact on those for whom they care)
- Problem-solving techniques
- Use of services available to patients or caregivers in the community (Ex. attending support groups or information sessions to help manage the condition, get to medical appointments, etc.)
- Approach to staying educated about the condition
Award & Recognition
The recipient of the Tanny Nadon Caregiver Award will receive:
- Tanny Nadon Caregiver Award Certificate
- Embroidered CSPA blanket
The recipient will additionally be featured on CSPA’s communication channels in our SPOTLIGHT: A Caregiver’s Story series. He or she will also be interviewed, if possible, with the patient to whom they provide care or with the individual who nominated them. The Caregiver Story will be featured in some or all of the following CSPA, as well as other media outlets:
- Social media posts
- Newsletter article
- Short video(s)
- Public news outlets (via a CSPA press release)
How to Nominate a Caregiver
To enter, please complete the online nomination form.
Nominations for the Tanny Nadon Caregiver Award are accepted one time per year. They will be evaluated by a CSPA committee with one recipient chosen per year. The following is the projected schedule* for nomination deadline and the notification of award recipients:
Nomination Deadline: October 15, 2023 (12 midnight ET)
Notification by: December 1, 2023
*The CSPA reserves the right to change these dates without notice.
Tanny Nadon (1941-2016)
As a dedicated and selfless volunteer, Tanny Jean Nadon (1941-2016) inspired countless people whom she met throughout her life. She is remembered as a true team player who was always inclusive.
Tanny’s support of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) dates back to its early days. She was a founding member of the Alberta Society of Melanoma, which became one of the CSPA’s first Affiliate Members, and was a devoted volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Action Network, the Cross Cancer Institute and other service organizations. Her vast experience in the non-profit sector allowed her to provide invaluable counsel and led her to author CSPA’s very first Application for Affiliate Organizations as well as the first Code of Ethics.
Tanny was known to speak her mind and to be a voice of reason who helped build consensus at the discussion table. She was an innovative leader who worked hard behind the scenes and helped shape the CSPA in its formative years.
Tanny’s inherent ability to connect with others was welcomed by Alberta’s dermatologist community, paving the way for patients and healthcare providers to work in tandem to find better ways to support people with skin conditions. In recognition of her many contributions to healthcare, Tanny was presented with the Alberta Medical Association Medal of Honour in 2011. This achievement was a source of great pride for the Nadon family.
Beyond her organizational talents, Tanny was described as fun, humble, and the epitome of a caregiver. On more than one occasion, her kindness was extended to patients whom she assisted with travel to treatment centres for their appointments.
Tanny’s legacy as a devoted volunteer in the areas of patient advocacy and mentorship lives on and continues to inspire us all!