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Awards Descriptions

The Society bestows three awards annually along with educational bursaries.
 

Blum Award

The Blum Award is awarded to a member who has given outstanding service to the Society over time and is named for Edna Blum, a founding member of the Canadian Association of Immunohematologists, the forerunner of CSTM. Edna was the treasurer of the Society from 1980 to 2002, as well as serving on the Board of Directors. 
 

Ortho Award

The Ortho Award is given to an individual CSTM member who has provided a major service or innovation in transfusion medicine.  This award is not restricted to physicians, nurses, or technologists.  The financial award and award winner's expenses are provided by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. 
 
Nominations for the Ortho award are to be submitted to the Chair of the Nominations Committee by February 15 of each year.
 
Nomination Instructions 
 

Buchanan Award 

The Donald Ian Buchanan Memorial Award is given at the annual CSTM Scientific Conference to a laboratory technologist, working in the field of transfusion medicine. Dr. Buchanan was a strong supporter of technologists and encouraged them to share their expertise at meetings such as the CSTM Annual Conference. The Buchanan Award recipient is chosen by the local conference organizing committee from their catchment area. This financial award and certificate are provided by the Alberta Vein to Vein Society. Read more about Dr Buchanan 
 
In addition to receiving a monetary award, both the Ortho and Buchanan award recipients are given the opportunity to present a lecture at the CSTM Annual Conference.
 

Letendre Bursary 

The primary focus of the Pat Letendre Bursary is to provide members with financial assistance to pursue ongoing education in transfusion medicine. The bursary is named for Pat Letendre, a long-time instructor in transfusion science at the University of Alberta, early adopter of the Internet's potential for professional development, CSTM webmaster (2001 - 2010) and a strong believer in the joy of life-long learning. The amount of $500.00 is awarded annually to each of two recipients and is to be applied towards registration or associated expenses related to attending the CSTM Scientific Conference.
 
This bursary is awarded based on merit. We believe that supporting Canada’s best and brightest transfusion medicine specialists ultimately leads to better patient outcomes and safer transfusion medicine practices. We proudly accept applications from members from the interdisciplinary team in all regions of Canada. Applicants must be a CSTM member in good standing. 
 
Application must be received for review by the CSTM Award Committee by February 15th of the application year.  The Committee Chair will notify the successful candidates by email by March 1.
 
Application Form 
 

Speaker Legacy Bursaries 

The primary focus of the Speaker Legacy Bursary is to provide speakers with an alternative to gifts/honorariums and allow them to contribute towards financial assistance for CSTM members to pursue ongoing education in transfusion medicine. Bursaries are awarded annually to recipients and are to be applied towards registration or associated expenses related to attending the CSTM Scientific Conference. 
 
Recipients will be randomly drawn from applicants received. The number and value of the bursaries is dependent on speaker participation in this program. We proudly accept applications from CSTM members from the interdisciplinary team in all regions of Canada.
 
Application must be received for review by the CSTM Award Committee by February 15th of the application year. The Committee Chair will notify the successful candidates by email by March 1.
 
Application Form