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London ON (December 6, 2013) – 3M Canada and Health Nexus today announce the recipient and three finalists for the 2013 3M Health Leadership Award. Celebrating social innovators and problem solvers from across Canada, these four community leaders will be celebrated at the annual award gala on December 5, 2013 in Toronto.

Honoured with the 2013 3M Health Leadership Award, researcher and community advocate Jocelyn Bernier has engaged her community to improve living conditions and quality of life, particularly for those living in poverty, as coordinator of the Research Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities (CACIS) at the Université de Montréal, and as Chair of Communagir, a community support organization that provides community development training to managers in the health network. Jocelyn has also been integral in organizations supporting natural caregivers, public daycare, youth organizations, women’s groups, access to information and community economic development.

“Jocelyn is the ultimate problem solver for the Montreal’s health community of Pointe-Saint-Charles in Montreal,” said Carla McFarlane, Communications and Community Relations Manager, 3M Canada. “She identifies important issues, rallies the community, and finds a solution. Her work is a great example of what can be achieved through passion, compassion, creativity and hard work.”

The three 2013 Award finalists include Sid Frankel, an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, D’Arcy Farlow, who has mentored community leaders across Ontario for the last 30 years, and Victor Willis, Executive Director of Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) in Toronto.

“Innovation and problem solving in business and in communities across the country are important to 3M Canada,” said Paul Madden, President and General Manager, 3M Canada. “These four extraordinary people have made their communities healthier by living these values and bringing an unparalleled passion to their work.”

Since 2010, the 3M Health Leadership Award celebrates individuals who inspire change in their communities. A panel of health and leadership experts from across Canada select the award recipients and finalists. For more information about the award, and for information regarding registration for the award gala on December 5, 2013, visit

3M Canada is proud to support social innovators across Canada through 3Mgives, which focuses on partnerships with non-profit organizations making a difference in the areas of education, health, and the environment. 3M Canada’s 3Mgives partners include Health Nexus, Let’s Talk Science, Learning for a Sustainable Future, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and many various community organizations across the country.

About 3M Canada
3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing, capturing the spark of new ideas and transforming them into thousands of ingenious solutions for industries that are important to Canadians. The culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that makes life better. With $30 billion in sales globally, 3M employs about 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2013, 3M Canada’s head office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where about half of the company’s 1,800 employees work. Other locations include Calgary, Alberta; Milton, Brockville, and Perth, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and, Morden, Manitoba. For more information, visit or follow @3M_Canada on Twitter.

About Health Nexus
Health Nexus is a leader in health promotion, a bilingual organization that supports individuals, organizations and communities to strengthen their capacity to promote health. Their broad approach to health includes health equity, chronic disease prevention and early child development. Over the last 25 years they have been supporting health services workers and health promotion organizations develop and implement strategies to improve the health of their communities. Their services include consultations, training events and a large collection of resources available in up to 8 languages.

Media Contact:
Eamon O’Flynn, 3M Canada
Phone: 800-265-1840 ext. 2732

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