Let’s Talk Science Volunteer Receives Prestigious Governor General Caring Canadian Award

April 7, 2014

Barbara VanderhydenOttawa – ON Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden, Director of Let's Talk Science at the University of Ottawa, received the prestigious Governor General Caring Canadian Award on Monday April 7, 2014 during a special celebration of National Volunteer week at The Ottawa Hospital. The certificate and pin, presented by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, was in recognition of Dr. Vanderhyden’s efforts to create engagement among young Canadians in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), along with her other roles as a volunteer leader within her community.

“On behalf of Let’s Talk Science, we are thrilled that Dr. Vanderhyden has received this important recognition” states Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science. “For more than twenty years she has demonstrated a deep personal commitment to youth by providing diverse opportunities to engage them in meaningful STEM-based learning experiences. She truly understands that STEM engagement builds skills that are important in any job and develops knowledge and insight that will be required to solve significant global challenges.”

The Caring Canadian Award was established in 1995 by then governor general Roméo LeBlanc. The award celebrates ordinary Canadians who volunteer their time doing extraordinary things.

Dr. Vanderhyden works as a professor at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and currently holds the Corinne Boyer Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research. Dr. Vanderhyden established the Let's Talk Science Outreach site in Ottawa in 1993 and continues to serve as a faculty advisor for the program.