CARA (The Canadian Association of Research Administrators) represents a national voice and crucial system of communication between stakeholders for research administration at post-secondary institutions, hospitals and other research institutes across Canada.
Two staff members from HHS Research Administration have been recognized for their contributions to CARA at the annual CARA conference. The award winners are Katie Porter, who received the Dan Chase Distinguished Service Award and Lauren Gogo, who took home the Unsung Hero Award.
The Dan Chase Distinguished Service Award is presented to members “whose services have been of significant benefit to the entire organization”. Katie Porter “serves as mentor for several mentees, led 13 webinars in 2014, is a Special Interest Group (SIG) leader and founder, serves on the CARA Connection team as a contributing editor and frequently speaks at CARA conferences”. Katie is a strong advocate for CARA as she recruits speakers and members to join the CARA family. Katie is the Director of HHS Research Administration.
The Unsung Hero Award was “developed to recognize the hard work and dedicated efforts of CARA Non-executive members who are, as yet, unrecognized by the membership”. Lauren Gogo “is being recognized for many significant contributions to CARA, most notably her leadership in the complex role of Coordinating Editor for the CARA Connection. As Coordination Editor, Lauren manages the receipt of articles, advertising, translations and layout work for each newsletter. Lauren also actively participates in 2 SIGs, shares information on LinkedIn, published a CARA Connection article in 2014 and identified and recruited webinar speakers for CARA which is vital support to our professional development program”. Lauren is Manager of Research Contracts, HHS Research Administration.
It is evident that both women have made significant contributions towards the advancement of CARA and we would like to congratulate them on jobs well done!