2024 Jacob Climo Award Winners

Two winners of the Jacob Climo travel award have been selected to receive a small grant for travel to the 2024 AAGE Conference to be held in conjunction with SfAA on March 26-31 in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Jessica Bytautas and Sheridan Conty.

Jessica Bytautas is a PhD candidate in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and a research trainee at the KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network. Jessica’s dissertation explores “legacy activities” (i.e., creative works produced by people at the end of life) in the context of a community-based, volunteer-led hospice in Toronto. Using applied theory and ethnographic methods, Jessica’s research explores what legacy means for hospice clients, including those who are precariously housed, and the volunteers, staff, and health care providers who care for them. Jessica’s doctoral research is supported by scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.  She will be presenting in a roundtable on life course perspectives in health research (Friday, 9:00-10:45am) as well as giving a paper based on her dissertation research (Friday, 3:45-5:30pm).

Sheridan Conty (she/her) is currently a PhD Candidate at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, Canada. She is a medical anthropologist who focuses on elder care policies in Ottawa. Personal experiences and past research have led her to her current research study which aims to track the materialization of elder care policies in Ottawa, Ontario, by examining how rules and regulations present in elder care settings impact the labour conditions of care workers, and the experiences of elders and their families. She asks questions such as how do elder care policies manifest differently across a variety of spaces, including long-term care homes, retirement home, and home care settings? In what ways do care policies materialize through things like physical objects, paperwork, and relations? What are the implications of these processes of materialization for both quality of care and labour conditions? The paper she will be presenting (on Friday, 3:45-5:30pm) focuses on the temporary tuition-free training program for personal support workers launched in Ontario in 2021 and explores the impact this program has had on quality of care and labour conditions. The paper may become a chapter of her dissertation.

Congratulations to both! Thanks so much to the award committee for their work of selecting and administering the award: Harmandeep Gill, Cortney Hughes Rinker, and Celeste Pang.

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