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National Award Recognizes Five Distinct Health Leaders

Annual award celebrates leaders who inspire change in communities across Canada

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2014 –Health Nexus and 3M Canada announced today the names of the 2014 3M Health Leadership Award recipient and finalists. Launched in 2011, the Award celebrates community leaders who inspire change in communities across Canada.

2014 recipient, Joy Finney, embodies the essence of the 3M Health Leadership Award. Joy has been a community health promoter in Woolwich, Ontario for over 25 years. She has been instrumental to the founding of the Woolwich Healthy Communities, one of the most long lived Healthy Communities Organizations in Canada. For Joy, no need is too small to notice and none too big to tackle.

“This award is an opportunity to celebrate the kind of leadership that seeks to make a difference in communities, to improve health by focusing on the key fundamentals of where we live, learn, work and play,” says Barb Willet, Executive Director of Health Nexus. “Given the complexity of the issues facing our communities, it is more important than ever to share the story of leaders like Joy, to recognize their outstanding efforts and encourage the leadership capacity that t resides in each of us.”

Award finalists are Agnes Contois, coordinator of Career Trek; Leslie Dunning, former Director General of Violence and Abuse Prevention with the Canadian Red Cross; Doug Kelly, Chair of the First Nations Health Council; and Teresa Fleming, Director of Deaf Adult Services at Silent Voice Canada. The five leaders being recognized by the 3M Health Leadership Award exemplify leadership and the incredible variety of work underway to improve the health and well-being of communities across Canada. 

Award recipients and finalists are selected by an accomplished panel of experts in the fields of the social determinants of health and leadership from across Canada.

The 2014 Award Gala will be held on December 4th, and will feature a keynote by Dr. Jim Lavery, research scientist in the Centre for Research on Inner City Health and Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael's Hospital. Register today. 

Visit the Award website to find out more about the 2014 panelists, recipient, finalists and shortlisted nominees. 


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About Health Nexus
Health Nexus is bilingually-designated non-profit health promotion organization. Their broad approach to health includes health equity, chronic disease prevention and early child development. Over the last 25 years they have been supporting health services workers and health promotion organizations develop and implement strategies to improve the health of their communities at little to no cost. Their services include trainings, consultations, workshops and a large collection of resources available in up to 8 languages.

About 3M Canada
3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing, capturing the spark of new ideas and transforming them into thousands of ingenious solutions for industries that are important to Canadians. The culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that makes life better. With $30 billion in sales globally, 3M employs about 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2013, 3M Canada’s head office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where about half of the company’s 1,800 employees work. Other locations include Calgary, Alberta; Milton, Brockville, and Perth, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and, Morden, Manitoba. For more information, visit or follow @3M_Canada on Twitter.

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