The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) Student Awards were created to showcase the upcoming talent we have within our growing emergency management community. The criteria sought after for the OAEM Student Awards are as follows: high academic excellence, volunteerism, a high level of enthusiasm and interest in emergency management field and contributions to the emergency management community.

About the Awards:

Brian Hook Memorial Award: 

This award is named after Major Brian Hook, who was a past president of OAEM. He attended Royal Roads University and The Royal Military College, and served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons from 1971 to 1999. Following his retirement from the army in 1999, Major Brian Hook spent 3 years with the Emergency Management Office in York Region before retiring again in 2002. He very much believed in helping students and giving back to your community, which is why we have the Brian Hook Memorial Award today.

The Brian Hook Memorial Award, which honours the memory of Major Brian Hook (CD), is granted to a student who has made significant contributions to the field of Emergency Management while maintaining a high level of academic excellence ($1,500).

Alain Normand Academic Award:

The award is named after Alain Normand, an author, lecturer, teacher expert in Emergency Management, and a past OAEM President. He directed relief efforts in emergencies such as the Saguenay floods, the Quebec Ice Storm, the Haiti repatriation, and the Calgary floods amongst others. He has been the Emergency Manager for the City of Brampton, since 1999. Apart from being the past-President of OAEM, he sits on many national, provincial and local committees. Alain Normand is the recipient of the 2010 Canadian Award for Emergency Management from the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. He teaches emergency management and business continuity at York University and Sheridan College. Alain is also the author of a series of novels on emergency management published by Authorhouse and available at Alain was involved in the coordination of the City of Brampton emergency response to the December 2013 Ice Storm; and, Fort McMurray relief operations as a Red Cross volunteer, where he was an Emergency Response Team Leader coordinating logistical aspects of national response from the Red Cross Mississauga Headquarters.

The A. Normand Academic Award is granted to a student who has showcased an exemplary academic paper relating to emergency management and/or business continuity ($1,000).

President’s Award: 

As an association, the OAEM Board of Directors wanted to highlighted professionals who have gone back to school to either upgrade their level of academic learning or change professions, as professionals bring with them skills and experiences that can be of great assistance within the emergency management field. Furthermore, as a volunteer association, we wanted to highlight the contributions that these professionals have made to emergency management.

The President’s Award is granted to a professional who has chosen to enhance their emergency management knowledge and practice, while maintaining a high level of academic excellence ($500).



Brian Hook Memorial Award Winner: Sarah Greenberg from York University

Sarah Greenberg has a Bachelor of Science in physical geography in the geomatics stream and a minor in psychology from the University of Manitoba. She worked as GIS specialist at a consulting engineering firm in Winnipeg, Manitoba for four years. Through volunteering on the disaster management team for the Canadian Red Cross she discovered the joy of humanitarian work and helping those during a time of crisis. Sarah is currently completing her masters at York University in Disaster and Emergency Management and is enjoying learning about the academic aspect of emergency management. Sarah is the Disaster and Emergency Management Student’s Association (DEMSA) president and works hard to bring academic, networking, and practical opportunities to her fellow students. Within the emergency management field she is interested in planning and response, and public information.

(From left to right, Sarah Greenberg and Michael Hook [son of Major Brian Hook])





Normand Academic Award Winner: Colby Mauer from Royal Roads University

Colby is currently a student at Royal Roads University in the Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management (MADEM) program. Her academic career started at Nipissing University in North Bay, ON, studying her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a Sociology minor. In 2015, she received a post graduate certificate in Emergency Management which prompted her to continue in the field with a master’s education. Colby currently works as a Health and Safety and Human Resource Coordinator at a welding fabrication plant. Additionally, she continues to professionally develop as a volunteer with Red Cross and Victim Services Ontario. She enjoys her volunteer work and is dedicated to being an advocator of emergency preparedness within her community. With her MADEM education, Colby hopes to pursue her passion in contributing to the advancement of research and collaboration between the disaster and environmental fields.

(From left to right, Nicole Normand, Colby Mauer and Alain Normand)





President’s Award Winner: Lee Morrow from Royal Roads University

Lee Morrow is an expected graduate of the Masters of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management program at Royal Roads University this coming September 2018.  Growing up in Vancouver with little family support or fostering of education, Lee earned his achievements as a mature student.  Academically, he has placed significant emphasis on post-secondary education and the importance of self-improvement; completing a college diploma in Police Foundations at Mohawk College and Undergraduate Degree in Criminology at Wilfred Laurier University.  His time at Royal Roads has fostered continued curiosity and passion for the field of emergency management and its limitless possibilities.  Lee has intentionally chosen career and volunteer opportunities that proactively contribute to the progress and protection of our communities.  Lee is currently an active volunteer, supports the emergency management team of his home municipality in Burlington, ON, and has been employed as a Federal Police Officer for 8 years. Lee is proud to accept the President’s Award from the OAEM, rewarding Lee’s work, perseverance and expanding aspirations.

(From left to right, past-President Alain Normand, Lee Morrow and current President Mike O’Brien)


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