By Frederick Halley
DR DIONNE Duncan, a distinguished scholar with Guyanese roots, has been selected from among a group of women chosen to receive the prestigious International Women’s Achievers Award (IWAA) for the year 2017.The awards ceremony, which is being held to coincide with Canada’s 150th Independence anniversary, is set for Saturday, March 4 at the Toronto Plaza Hotel. Dr Duncan, whose parents are Guyanese Hector and Util Duncan, graduated from the University of Toronto last year with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Policy Management and Informatics. She has since been serving as general manager of the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association (MACCA).
Dr Duncan also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Mass Communications, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, an Executive Degree in Business Relations from York University and Kellog-Schulich School of Business. Apart from being general manager for MACCA, Dr Duncan also serves on several boards within the Greater Ontario Region, including Wychwood Open Door, a charitable organisation and is part of the advisory board that supports cancer research and services throughout the region.
Dr. Duncan’s work is centered on developing and integrating innovative statistical approaches to advance public health and health care research and support across Ontario. Her methodological research focuses on nonparametric, machine learning for casual inference and prediction within health policy and informatics. She also works on risk adjustment, comparative effectiveness, research and health programme impact evaluations.
The World Achievers Award is held during the International Women’s month of March.
It celebrates and honours the accomplishments and contributions of women in world-wide community development; women who have excelled in different spheres of life. The ceremony underscores the paramount role played by women in society while appreciating their attitudes, initiatives, will-power and perseverance. These are women who have distinguished themselves as prominent citizens, who displayed a strong mettle and capability to perform well in any field of endeavour.
The purpose of IWAA is to empower young women, so they too can reach their goals. The IWAA brings together women from across the globe and recognises their accomplishments. It also facilitates a global award ceremony for women of all culture, nationality and ethnicity. This ceremony will serve as tribute to these women to celebrate their work, their life and their contribution to society. “By doing this, we will empower young women, so they too can reach their goals,” a release from IWAA pointed out. The release further said that the vision is to be the premier international awards show which will pave the way through collaboration and inclusion, by engaging people, organizations, and governments in the celebration of women’s accomplishments.