Congratulations to Dr. Quynh Doan and Dr. Laura Sly, 2021 YWCA Women of Distinction Award nominees in the Research, Sciences & Technology category.A recognized pediatrician, medical researcher and educator, Quynh is an advocate for child and youth mental health and addictions across BC and Canada. Her health services research has broken new ground on issues of access and overcrowding in Emergency Departments and her innovative research in youth mental health has led to the development of novel screening tools to identify social, behavioral, psychiatric and substance abuse issues in children and youth. Having personally overcome multiple traditional barriers in her field, Quynh is a dedicated role model and mentor for all, particularly women and women of colour, within academic medicine. Through her professional and community advocacy and her leadership roles, Quynh has been a true champion of equity, diversity and inclusion and contributes to the resilience, integrity and wellness of the next generation.
Laura is an Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC and an immunologist and leader in intestinal inflammation research at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sly is also an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC. She has also developed a new graduate program focused on women+ and children’s health at UBC. This unique program offers students a multi-disciplinary curriculum and the opportunity to acquire skills like collaboration, leadership, advocacy and professionalism, supporting a new generation of scientists. Laura is also the Associate Director of BC Children’s Hospital Federation of Clinical Immunological Societies Centre of Excellence and the Lead of the Immunology in Health and Disease research group. Dr. Sly works to enhance opportunities for women and served on the Society for Leukocyte Biology’s Women and Diversity Committee from 2017 – 2020.
Learn more about the awards
The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honour extraordinary women leaders. Read more about the nominees here and purchase tickets to the online YWCA Women of Distinction Awards gala here.