Olive Yonge (1993)

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Alberta.

Citation: Olive Yonge has been described as inspiring, exceptionally supportive of students, effective in stimulating thinking and promoting self-direction, most respectful of students’ opinions and ideas, and very skilful in utilizing the background students bring to the learning situation. She has twice received the Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching and, in addition, has been chosen as the outstanding teacher in the Faculty of Nursing three times in recent years. In 1992, she was one of five recipients of the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Alberta.

What distinguishes her from other professors is her philosophy of teaching, her creativity and her willingness to share with others her insights and ideas about teaching and learning. Throughout Alberta, she is considered the “top” psychiatric/mental health nurse. She has achieved this position through her work with the Alberta Mental Health Nurses’ Interest Group of which she was a founding member. Since 1983, she has served in almost every executive position. She has presented over 30 workshops and 80 guest lectures to a wide variety of audiences in the last 10 years. She has written and produced a videotape on mental health, developed games, experimented with interactive journals, and used films as clinical case studies to promote problem-solving. Her most recent leadership activity has seen her at work on the Vice-President (Academic)’s Task Force on Innovation in Teaching and Learning.