Gweneth Doane (2006)

doaneAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Victoria, Nursing.

Citation: “I have never felt so seen, acknowledged, and encouraged. Her exemplary teaching is etched in my memory.” This sense of connection is central to Gweneth Doane’s success as an educator. Students describe her as an exceptional teacher whose “connectedness” to her classes comes from her compassion, communication, and care.

Gweneth’s colleagues are equally impressed by the seamless way she connects research and teaching, especially in the area of ethical practice in nursing. Gweneth’s contributions are more than impressive: co-designing the overall nursing curriculum adopted by ten BC institutions, consulting widely on educational technologies, co-developing interdisciplinary courses, and serving in a number of administrative positions, including chair of the undergraduate program. A pioneer in the development of distance education, she designed a framework that has been adopted by almost every course offered in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

No wonder her nominators describe Gweneth as dynamic! She has published and presented nationally and internationally; she helped develop the Family Health Center at her university; she is currently involved in projects on internationalization, graduate supervision, and developing critical thinking in nursing students. An innovative, enthusiastic teacher, role model, nurse, and scholar, Gweneth has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of Victoria’s prestigious Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and the very first national award for excellence in Nursing Education.

It is through teaching, however, that she remains connected—as one of her many student nominators said: “Dr. Doane values the idea that who she is as a teacher is inseparable from who she is in the world.”