The fifteen newest Trudeau scholars are exceptional Canadian students who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence, civic engagement, and a commitment to reaching beyond academic circles. The cohort joins a multidisciplinary network of almost 400 promising researchers, outstanding intellectuals, and seasoned decision-makers committed to applying their knowledge and skills to pressing Canadian and global issues.
“Becoming a Trudeau Scholar is an incredible honour, and an amazing opportunity to engage in discussion on some of the most pressing issues facing Canada and the world today,” said Voon. “I hope to use this generous award to raise awareness about the issues of chronic pain and substance use, and to translate my research into evidence-based health policy.”
Voon is a Registered Nurse and a graduate of the UBC School of Nursing, whose nursing practice in acute, community, global health and research settings focused on health promotion among vulnerable populations with complex health issues including HIV/AIDS, addiction, chronic pain, and mental illness. Her current research explores how the link between pain management and addiction may affect risky drug use behaviours, health outcomes, and clinical practices and policies.
Supervised by Dr. Jane Buxton and Dr. Thomas Kerr, Voon is also a Research Associate at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She has won several other awards for her research, leadership and academic achievements, including the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Dorothy J. Kergin Fellowship from the Canadian Nurses Foundation, the Young Investigator Award from the American Pain Society, and the Faculty of Medicine Graduate Award from the University of British Columbia.