Jim Frankish wins alumni UBC’s Faculty Community Service Award

alumniUBC_logoforhdr_578x102Dr. C. James (Jim) Frankish has won alumni UBC’s Alumni Achievement Faculty Community Service Award. This award recognizes a UBC faculty member who has rendered significant community service in areas other than teaching and research.

Dr. Jim Frankish

Dr. Jim Frankish

Frankish is involved in promoting the health of people, particularly vulnerable populations, in British Columbia, and has been a leader in developing the field of health promotion in Canada. A well-respected public health teacher and mentor, he is also an active and prolific researcher who dedicates his spare time to improving his community. At the local level, he serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, co-directs the Vancouver site for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project on the benefits of supportive housing for people with mental health and addictions problems, and is a member of the Vancouver Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions. He has worked with the Impact on Communities Coalition for the 2010 Olympics, and served as the President of the Board of the Vancouver Crisis Centre.

UBC alumnus Jason Tan de Bibiana, (MSc 2013) nominated Frankish because he felt that his “commitment to community service truly deserves to be recognized in this meaningful way.”

“Jim’s contributions have directly impacted the health and well-being of our communities, especially for those who are most vulnerable and marginalized. The scope of Jim’s contribution to the health and well-being of the people of British Columbia is truly difficult to measure and express because it ripples out exponentially from all the individuals he has inspired, from all the projects he has led, and all the community enterprises he has initiated and supported,” said Tan de Bibiana in his nomination letter.

Dr. Frankish will receive this award at a celebration being held on November 1, 2016, at UBC’s Robert H Lee Alumni Centre.

Dr. Frankish recently won the 2016 British Columbia Community Achievement Award, and in 2014 won the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)’s Ron Draper Health Promotion Award. His work on the Vancouver site of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project won the 2013 BC Health Association Legacy Award.