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  • Retired Grenfell faculty member recognized with MUNPA Tribute Award

    Friday, February 7, 2020
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    Dr. Leslie Cake recently received a MUNPA Tribute Award in recognition of his dedicated work to make the Aging Research Centre-Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL) a reality.

    Since he retired as a professor of psychology in 2009, Dr. Cake has worked tirelessly to realize the establishment of ARC-NL at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. The centre received approval from the Board of Regents in October 2018; until that time Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province in Canada without a centre for aging research.

    When Dr. Cake presented to NLCAHR’s Research Affinity Group on Aging in 2009, his vision was enthusiastically received. He subsequently met with representatives of variuous levels of government, Eastern and Western Health, spoke to and was reported by the media, visited other provinces' aging centres to educate himself on best practices in the field, collaborated in research projects with university colleagues, published papers and presented at conferences.

    His 2011 report “Building an Evidence-based Framework for an NL Centre on Aging” served as a background paper for discussion with university and government officials.

    ARC-NL officially opened at Grenfell Campus in December 2018 and was represented as the newest such centre in Canada at the 2019 National Conference of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. Dr. Cake currently sits on the centre’s management board.


    The MUNPA Tribute Awards recognize the importance of the ongoing contributions of Memorial’s retirees to the university or the community. 

    Excerpts taken from Your Voice, MUN Pensioners’ Association (MUNPA) Newsletter • Vol. 18, No. 1, Feb. 2020

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