The awards gala took place on June 7, and celebrated the remarkable contributions of women in BC with over 1,200 guests and volunteers in attendance. A total of 65 women were nominated for their outstanding achievements in 13 categories.
"It’s humbling to be recognized by the YWCA amongst the many other outstanding women from across the province," said Dr. Loock. "This award personally represents the culmination of three decades of cross disciplinary team work, and many community partners to address and prevent social adversity and health disparities for women and children. Recognition like this further inspires us to continue working together with communities, as clinicians, educators, researchers and policy makers to continue to make a difference in the lives of others."
Dr. Loock is an internationally recognized clinician and researcher in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She led and implemented Sheway in Vancouver's downtown eastside to improve access to prenatal care and prevent the effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure impacting child development. She also led the development of the award-winning RICHER (Responsive Intersectoral Child/Community Health Education and Research) social pediatrics initiative to help families living in poverty overcome barriers to health care.