The Leadership Development - Doris Badir Award will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates excellent leadership skills in their community and the profession.

Doris Badir

Doris Badir, PHEc, was a Canadian Home Economist highly respected throughout the world. She was a leader within the Home Economics profession, serving as president of both the Canadian Home Economics Association (1976-78) and the International Federation for Home Economics (1988-92). As part of her work with IFHE, she was instrumental in influencing the United Nations to declare 1994 as the International Year of the Family. In academia, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Home Economics at the University of Alberta; following her term as Dean, she was an Advisor to the President on equity issues until her retirement in 1990. For her international leadership in home economics, she was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba and Helsinki. Doris passed away in June, 2011, at the age of 87. The Doris Badir Award in Home Economics/Human Ecology Leadership was initiated by Betty Crown, Dianne Kieren, and Marie Slusar in cooperation with the Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association to honour Prof. Doris Badir.


A maximum amount of $1,000 will be disbursed during any one fiscal year. More than one grant of lesser value may be awarded.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • At the award application deadline, be enrolled full-time, as defined by your university; be in good standing and be in a human ecology* program;
  • Will have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies at a Canadian academic institution;
  • Have not previously received the Leadership Development - Doris Badir Award.

Selection Criteria

Applications will include a description of their demonstrated leadership in the profession or the community. Submissions should show how they have exhibited the qualities of a leader through some or all of the following:

  • Active and impactful participation in human ecology association, societies, clubs, or other professional or student bodies related to human ecology.
  • Active and impactful participation in events and outreach activities that enrich the human ecology student experience, promote the profession, and/or advance Canadians' understanding of the role of human ecologists in society.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as competitions, conferences, and other opportunities, such as coaching or mentoring.
  • Behaviour as a role model within the human ecology student community.
  • Active and impactful participation in their community through volunteerism.


Deadline for applications is February 28. The committee will consider requests for application extensions.


All applicants, successful or otherwise, will receive written notification of the award committee's decision.

If you are successful: Details of your award payment will be in the notification letter.

Application Procedure

Submit the Leadership Development Application Form as an email attachment to


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