Dr. Murray and Eleanor Enkin have provided outstanding support to the midwifery profession for many years. Their legacy of support extends to midwifery students at McMaster University. They have established this award for a midwifery student to reflect their belief in the importance of midwifery within Canadian maternity care.
The annual award will be conferred at the time of graduation upon a midwifery student who exemplifies superior achievement in the humanitarian, professional and academic domains of midwifery practice.
Midwifery students in good academic standing who are in their final year of the study in the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University will be eligible for nomination for the award.
Nominations of students who are in their final year of study will be sought for the award from faculty, tutors and the clinical preceptors. Letters of nomination will be due by the first Friday in March. The letter of nomination will include the nominee’s achievements in the humanitarian and professional domains of midwifery practice.
The selection process will be carried out by a panel that will include the Assistant Dean (or designate) Midwifery, at least one other midwifery professor, at least one midwifery preceptor, and at least one member of the Faculty of Health Sciences who is familiar with midwifery students and participates in maternity care. The panel will review the letters of nomination and the academic record of nominees’; and may conduct interviews with selected nominees and individuals familiar with the nominees’ academic and clinical work.
The panel will select the nominee who exemplifies superior achievement in the humanitarian, professional and academic domains of midwifery practice. The panel may, in any given year, waive the award if no nominee is deemed suitable.
A new undergraduate bursary has been established in celebration of Dr. Eileen Hutton’s retirement and honouring our previous Dean Karyn Kaufman. The award will be granted to undergraduate students enrolled in the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University who demonstrate financial need, helping ensure that our students have the ability to focus on their learning and development as they study to become our future midwives.
Gifts to this bursary will be matched 4:1 thanks to the generosity of the Hutton family and the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster. The Hutton family has committed a match of 3:1 on all gifts to this bursary, and in honour of Dr. Hutton’s contributions to McMaster, the Faculty of Health Sciences will match all gifts with a match of 1:1.
Join us as we celebrate the profound influence of both Dr. Hutton and that of the founding Assistant Dean of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster, Dr. Karyn Kaufman. Together with their peers, these two luminaries paved the way for midwifery care, midwifery education, and midwifery research in Canada.