May 31, 2016 by Nadia E. Browne
Success is a product of many factors, but there is no doubt about the fundamental role of a remarkable mentor. For those of us who have had the privilege of working with Dr. Geoff Ball, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Alberta and Founding Director of the Pediatric Center for Weight and Health (PCWH) at Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, Canada, he is a mentor who is described as selfless, loyal, patient, supportive, knowledgeable, approachable, and genuine with a high degree of integrity.
Geoff has mentored countless undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, clinicians, and research staff, both formally and informally. On May 12, 2016, he was honoured at a ceremony for excellence in mentoring held in the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation in Edmonton, Canada. He was the recipient of the 2016 Tier II Basic Science Mentoring Award in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Supporting Dr. Ball at this ceremony were some of his trainees, including Jill Avis, Nadia Browne, Maryam Kebbe and Arnaldo Perez, and Dr. Kathleen O’Connor as well as his research coordinators, Melody Caesar and Nicole Gehring.
The RMI-Family team would like to extend our heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to Geoff for his commitment to fostering the careers of others. We are proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful person.
Cheers to many more years of mentorship bliss!