Winner, Service to the Society Award, 1999
Dr. Rhonda Cockerill is an associate professor and program director for M.Sc./Ph.D. studies in the Department of Health Administration, University of Toronto. While Rhonda has contributed to evaluation practice in Canada through her work and through her teaching of program evaluation, she received the Service to the Society Award for her extensive and invaluable contribution to the Canadian Evaluation Society.
Rhonda was a representative on National Council from 1994 to 1997. She served on the Professional Development Committee and then as Secretary-Treasurer for the Society from 1995 to 1997. For a number of years, she has served as a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation and on the Journal Editorial Board. Rhonda was a great asset to Council. Always well prepared, she worked as part of the Council and Executive team, bringing fresh ideas, challenging assumptions when necessary, supporting Council decisions, and adding her special humour to Council deliberations.
Rhonda also acted as one of the CES representatives on the steering committee for the Joint CES/AEA International Evaluation Conference in Vancouver in 1995. The success of this conference was due, in no small part, to the work of the CES representatives, including Rhonda, who skillfully monitored the financial aspects of the conference on behalf of the Society. As part of her ongoing involvement with the Ontario Chapter and her commitment to CES nationally, Rhonda was program co-chair for Conference '99 in Toronto. She deserves much credit for the interesting and stimulating program that was at the heart of this national conference.
Rhonda's contribution to the Canadian Evaluation Society has been extensive, in the length of time she worked in support of national priorities, in the amount of time and effort she has given to the Society, and in the quality results that her work produced.