Public Education Awards

Deadline: February 15

The CDA Public Education Award is awarded 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 are recognized at the CDA annual conference awards ceremony on Saturday, June 29, 2019 and on the CDA website and social media platforms.

Call for Entries


Entries may be submitted in the following categories:

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



All entrants must be industry organizations with original programs, projects or activities first implemented between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. 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, 2018 and December 31, 2018. If an entry comprised a series of articles or programs, the final installment of the article or program must have appeared by December 31, 2018.

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, 2018. 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 February 15, 2019.
All winners will be notified by May 1, 2019.

Entry Requirements

All categories

  • A completed entry form, along with two USB keys containing 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, waterbottles, stickers, etc.)
  • A typewritten summary of not more than 200 words which includes the following information:
    • Description of entry/purpose of entry
    • Intended audience/size of audience
    • How entry promoted dermatology
    • Goals and objectives of program (if applicable)
    • Feedback

A copy of the organization logo. If an advertising or public relations agency is submitting with you, please include a copy of their organization logo as well.

Radio and Television

Special note: Each entry must be submitted on two USB keys with one entry per key. A series submitted as one entry must be submitted on one key.

The Canadian Dermatology Association is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged entries. All entries become the property of the Canadian Dermatology Association and will not be returned.

For further information, please contact Lyne DiMillo, Coordinator, Membership Services & Operations

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 Progam
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