Public Education Awards

The CDA Public Education Award is given for excellence in furthering the understanding of dermatologic issues and encouraging healthy behaviour in the medical, surgical and cosmetic care of skin, hair and nails. Award recipients will be recognized on the CDA website, social media platforms, a press release and at the CDA annual conference.


Entries may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Media
    • Print (newspaper, consumer magazine, trade publication, etc.)
    • Radio
    • Television
    • Digital
  • Industry


All entrants must be industry organizations with original programs, projects or activities first implemented between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. An advertising or public relations agency may nominate a client’s program. The CDA Public Education Award will be presented to both the client and the agency.

All entrants must be journalists or freelance writers/editors/producers working in either the print or broadcast media. Entries must have been published or broadcast between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. If an entry comprised a series of articles or programs, the final installment of the article or program must have appeared by December 31, 2021.

Not-for-profit organizations
All entrants must be not-for-profit organizations or government agencies with original contributions, accomplishments, programs, projects and activities that raise awareness in the field of dermatology. All activities must have been completed by December 31, 2021. Self-nominations are accepted.

Judging Criteria

A distinguished panel of Canadian Dermatology Association members will evaluate entries and select winners based on the following criteria, relevant to their category:

  • Raises awareness of dermatologic issues among the general public or a targeted audience
  • Helps to change public perceptions of, or attitudes toward, healthy behaviours as they relate to dermatologic issues
  • Medical accuracy
  • Creativity/originality
  • Technical quality


Entries must be received by March 1, 2022
All winners will be notified by May 1, 2022

Entry Requirements

  • Complete the online entry form
  • Upload organization logo*
  • Upload all relevant entry materials such as pamphlets, press releases, tear sheets, videos, etc. (a photo may be  included of physical items i.e, UV bracelets, water bottles, stickers, etc.)**

*If an advertising or public relations agency is submitting with you, please include a copy of their organization logo as well.
**All files uploaded must include organization name

2022 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients, Canadian Psoriasis Network, & Canadian Spondylitis Association – Baring It All
  • Melanoma Canada – 3 Ways to Block the Rays
  • University of British Columbia (UBC) Medical Undergraduate Society – Acne Education Project
2022 – Industry
  • Seaford Pharmaceuticals – #drysolidarity
2022 Media (Print)
  • Fleet Street Magazine – Here’s What a Dermatologist Wants You to Know About Common Sunscreen Myths
2021 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Psoriasis Network, Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients, Unmasking Psoriasis – Impact of COVID-19 on the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Community in Canada campaign
  • CHU de Quebec-Université Laval – Educational Video on Mohs Surgery
2021 – Industry
  • Sanofi-Genzyme – The World’s Most Uncomfortable Bed, Quebec Activation
2021 Media (Print)
  • Canadian Skin Magazine – Dermatitis Herpetiformis – Celiac disease of the skin
2020 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Skin Patient Alliance – Skin Patient Charter of Rights
  • Eczema Quebec/McGill University – Eczema Q
  • Eczema Society of Canada – #ADaywithEczema Public Education Campaign
2020 – Industry
  • Sanofi-Genzyme – The World’s Most Uncomfortable Bed
2020 Media (Digital)
  • Global News
    What to know about laser hair removal as a woman of colour
    Woman develops skin cancer under her nail
2020 Media (Print)
  • Best Health Magazine – A Sign of the Things to Come
  • CMAJ – Clinical Images, a series of images published in the CMAJ
2019 – Not-for-Profit
  • Douglas Wright Foundation,  David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, City of Toronto – #BeSunSafe Program
  • Eczema Society of Canada – #LifewithEczema Public Awareness
2019 – Industry
  • Novartis Pharmaceutical Canada Inc. & Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients – My Skin and Bones/Ma Peau, Mes Os Campaign
  • Sanofi Genzyme – Lifetime of Hanshakes Program
2018 – Not-for-Profit
  • Ontario Sun Safety Working Group – Sun Safety Messaging Project – Sun Safety Tool Kit
  • Canadian Skin Patient Alliance – Scarred for Life: A National HS Report
  • Douglas Wright Foundation,  David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, City of Toronto – 2017 Toronto Parks Sunscreen Pilot Project
2018 Media (Print)
  • Sydney Loney, Best Health Magazine – Save your Skin
2017 – Not-for-Profit
  • Melanoma Network of Canada – Sun Aware Camp Program
  • Perth District Health Unit – Sunscreen Dispenser Project
2017 Media (Print)
  • Priya Dhir, Canadian Skin Magazine – Coping with your skin-related anxiety
2016 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Cancer Society, Saskatchewan – Tan-Free Grad Initiative
  • Sport Manitoba / Wrestling Canada – Skin Health and Awareness Program for Athletes
2016 – Industry
  • Janssen Inc. – Real Life Stories Documentary Psoriasis Series
2015 – Not-for-Profit
  • Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients – Psoriasis Report on Access to Care and Treatment in Canada
  • Société canadienne du cancer, Québec – Campagne Miss UV 2014
  • Eczema Society of Canada – « Living with Eczema » Public Education Media Campaign
2015 – Industry
  • GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare – The Spectro Acne Academy website

For further information, please contact Member Services

Entries must be received by March 1, 2022