The application period for the Dr. Norman Barwin Scholarship for Reproductive Health is currently closed. Canadians for Choice thanks all applicants who submitted their work for the 2012-2013 Dr. Norman Barwin Scholarship for Reproductive Health.

The selected recipient of this year’s scholarship is Ciann Wilson. Cian is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Studies at York University. She is working on her doctoral thesis in the Taking Action2: Arts-Based Approaches to Fostering Aboriginal Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention project collaborated with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. This community based research project focuses on the intersection of race, class, gender, orientation, and ability hopes to create co-learning between academia and community and promote the value of local community knowledge.

The 2011 Norman Barwin Scholarship for Reproductive Health was given to Lesley Ann Tarasoff. Lesley is currently pursuing a PhD at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She plans to study the pregnancy and childbirth experiences and needs of lesbian and bisexual women with physical or mobility-limiting disabilities. The ultimate goal of her thesis is to produce research, curriculum, clinical, and policy recommendations to better address their needs. 

The 2010 Norman Barwin Scholarship for Reproductive Health was given Shannon Coyle. Shannon is pursuing a Masters in Gender Studies at Queens University. For her thesis, she is looking at Trans people needs and fulfillments within Ontario’s health care system. She hopes to study what the specific health care needs of trans persons accessing Ontario heath care are, but also if they are alienated and / or systemically discriminated against when seeking medical attention. 
Read her completed thesis study 
For more information on Shannon Coyle, visit:http://www.queensu.ca/sgs/forstudents/stories/students-perspective/shannon.html 

The 2009 Norman Barwin Scholarship for Reproductive Health was given to Anita Jane Shaw from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. Anita was selected for her Masters thesis on the relationship between experiences of unwanted consensual intercourse and unintentional adolescent pregnancy. 
Read her completed thesis study 
For more information on Anita Shaw, visit: http://www.anitashaw.com 



About Dr. Norman Barwin, C.M. 

Dr. Norman Barwin was born in South Africa and completed his Medical Degree at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland. He served as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Ottawa, where he was voted the best clinical Professor for four consecutive years. Currently in private practice, he is still involved in teaching and research. 

Dr. Barwin was one of the founding members of Fertility Self-Help Group (ISSG) which later became the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada. In 2004, Dr. Barwin participated in the foundation of Canadians for Choice and has been its President ever since. 

He is Past President of the Canadian Fertility Society, the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada and Planned Parenthood Ottawa. Dr. Barwin established the first high school family planning clinic in 1982, which is now established at 10 high schools. He has served on the WHO Taskforce on Medicated devices. He serves on the Editorial Board of three journals, and is the chair of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection of the Library and Archives of Canada. Dr. Barwin has received many awards, including the Barbara Cass-Beggs Award for Women’s Reproductive Rights, the Jansen-Ortho Award for significant Contribution to Family Planning in Canada, and the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal. In 1997, he received the Order of Canada for his contributions to women's reproductive health. With his dedication, genuine care and concern for his patients’ well being and his commitment to bettering the health of his fellow Canadians, Dr. Barwin sets a fine example for all young people involved in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.