Margaret Dykeman   2011 President's Medal Recipient

Dr. Margaret Dykeman has been a member of the Faculty of Nursing since 1998. She retired in June 2010, but continues to serve as the Nurse Manager of the UNB Faculty of Nursing Community Health Clinic, a position she has held since 2002. Margaret has demonstrated outstanding service to the University and Fredericton through her involvement in teaching, research and service during her career at UNB.  Dr. Dykeman is one of a very few Nurse Practitioners (NP) in Canada who also holds a PhD in Nursing. She is considered a leader for her work to support NP practice in Canada.  During her tenure at UNB she was integral in developing and teaching in the first Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner program in New Brunswick. She worked tirelessly with the Nurses’ Association of New Brunswick (NANB) to lobby for NP practice in New Brunswick. This initiative was successful in securing legislation that provides NP’s in New Brunswick with one of the broadest scopes of practice in Canada.  Further, Dr. Dykeman has been a member of many provincial and national committees that have established the National Certification Exam for Nurse Practitioners.   She is recognized nationally as an expert in the area of HIV/AIDS. In 2003, she received the prestigious Award of Excellence for Exceptional Contribution to the Development of Nursing in HIV/AIDs Care from the Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.  She also was appointed to the Ministerial Council on HIV/AIDs.  She has applied the paradigm of community based primary health care for people with HIV/AIDs to advocate for other marginalized populations including the homeless and those with addictions.  She has consistently lobbied for access to health care for marginalized people in Fredericton and in New Brunswick and is regularly featured in media coverage of these complex issues.  Dr. Dykeman approaches the need for community based care in a scholarly manner, using her expertise in program evaluation to provide solid evidence for the need for accessible primary health care in the community. She has published and presented nationally and internationally, has been a reviewer for CIHR, served as a peer reviewer for numerous submissions to professional journals, and has supervised numerous masters, NP and doctoral students whose research interests focus on primary health care and the support of marginalized populations.

Dr. Dykeman has fully integrated her research into her practice in the development of the UNB-FON Community Health Clinic (CHC).  The CHC is operated by the FON and provides primary health care services, including a methadone program, to members of the population who otherwise would not have access to health care services. The Clinic is also the site of ongoing health research. Currently, the CHC has approximately 3000 clients, is staffed by two registered nurses and a Nurse Practitioner, and provides clinical learning opportunities for students from many health and related disciplines. The Clinic, located in the downtown core, is the only one of its kind in Canada. It is recognized nationally by other universities as a significant innovation.  As Nurse Manager of the CHC, Margaret has consistently lobbied government and other stakeholders for funding to sustain this important initiative. She is continuously engaged in fundraising activities to support the CHC and those who require related health care services.  When the CHC opened, Dr. Dykeman developed and implemented the only community based Methadone Program in New Brunswick.   Over the next few years, her advocacy and lobbying of key stakeholders led to the development of the current provincially funded Methadone program.

As a strong advocate for interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaborations, Professor Dykeman has partnered with health care programs to create collaborative learning opportunities for students at the CHC from medicine, occupational therapy, massage therapy, counselling, youth counselling, social work and nursing students from international universities. Few universities or colleges in Canada provide such innovative, situated and robust service learning opportunities for students.

Dr. Dykeman has provided outstanding service to the University, to the greater Fredericton community, the Province of New Brunswick and to Nursing and Primary Health Care in Canada.  She exemplifies the integration of practice, research and teaching. Through her scholarly practice, she has had significant positive influence on the health of marginalized people locally, provincially and nationally. 

Janice Thompson
Faculty of Nursing