Academic journal article Canadian Psychology

1992 CPA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession

Academic journal article Canadian Psychology

1992 CPA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession

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Presentation made at the CPA Annual General Meeting of June 12, 1992 The Canadian Psychological Association makes this award to Dr. Barbara Wand for her outstanding contributions to the development of Psychology as a profession and a discipline in Canada.

Barbara received her Honours BA from Queen's University. She then travelled south to take her Master's degree in Psychology from Cornell, returning to Canada once again to complete her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. Thereafter, she pursued a varied career as a clinician, serving as a psychologist with Ottawa Civic Hospital, the Collegiate Institute Board of Ottawa, the Carleton Board of Education, and the Royal Ottawa Hospital. In 1976, Barbara took the position of Registrar of the Ontario Board of Examiners in Psychology, a position she held until her retirement last year. To this position, as all others she has held, Barbara brought tireless energy, an uncompromising professionalism, clear vision, and a well - developed sense of discretion. Working with the Board and, in various ways, with other regulatory and collegial bodies in Psychology across Canada, she had an active hand in shaping the development of standards and regulation for professional psychology. Barbara has rightly been viewed as the doyenne of Registrars and officers of regulatory boards and organizations in Canada.

As well as discharging her occupational duties superbly, she has also shown a strong spirit of voluntarism toward psychology. Barbara has been active with various committees of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. From 1983 until 1985, she was Co - Chair, with Pierre Ritchie, of the Council of Provincial Associations of Psychology (CPAP). With several other subversives, Barbara led the charge that changed ACPAP to CPAP and created the strong, vital, no - longer - simply - advisory Council that is an integral component of Canadian psychology today. She was also one of the midwives assisting at the birth of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. …

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