AAPS Awards Form

Each year, AAPS offers 12 awards of up to $1,000 each in memory of Rick Byers who served on the AAPS Board in 2009. Apart from his service on the Board, Rick was also a key participant on AAPS' Income Replacement Plan Working Committee. Rick's work on this committee was informed by his many years of experience in worker rehabilitation. His knowledge, empathy, and understanding assisted the committee in adopting a new Disability Benefits Plan.


These awards are available to students studying at any degree/diploma/certificate granting post-secondary institution in Canada or a Professional Association (with a national or provincial chapter) that offers a recognized designation.

Applicants must be either current AAPS members in good standing, or the children, or common-law partner/spouse of current AAPS members in good standing. They must be studying on a full or part-time basis during September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020. To be eligible the AAPS member must be a member in good standing and the time of the application and the time of the draw.


  1. Winners will be determined at random through a draw.
  2. Please note that award winners may only receive this award once during their course of study for a particular designation, certificate, degree, or diploma.
  3. The winners’ names, affiliation to AAPS, and the AAPS members' job title and department will be published in the AAPS annual report, website, and social media.
  4. The winners of the random draw will be informed by October 15, 2019, and announced at the AAPS Annual General Meeting.
  5. The winners of the random draw must present proof of enrollment before receiving their prize.
  6. If the program or course fee is less than $1,000, the winner will receive only up to the amount of the course fee.
  7. Please note that each individual can only submit one application per year. Additional applications for the same recipient will be deleted.
  8. By accepting this award you are acknowledging that the funds awarded are being applied to the professional development opportunity and that the costs incurred have not been covered by other funding sources.


AAPS will be accepting applications to the AAPS Awards Program until September 15, 2019.

All applications must be complete and received by 11:59pm on September 15, 2019 using the application form on the AAPS website and submitted electronically or they will not be considered.

Please be sure to fill in your institution and program of study before submitting the application or it will not be considered.

AAPS does not take responsibility for technical issues when submitting your application. All applicants will receive a confirmation email from aaps.engagement@ubc.ca. It is the applicants’ responsibility to follow-up if they have not received a confirmation email.

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1. How do I know if I am an AAPS member in good standing?

See the AAPS By-Laws

2. I am only taking one class, am I still eligible?

If the class takes place between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 you are eligible to apply

3. How do I know if the professional association that I am taking the course from offers a recognized designation?

Email aaps.engagement@ubc.ca for further clarification

4. My child is enrolled in a University in the United States. Are they eligible to apply?

No, they are not eligible to apply for the AAPS Awards Program

 5. I have two children enrolled in University at the same time, can they both apply for the award in the same year?

Yes, they are both eligible to apply in the same year.

 6. Can I apply each year for the AAPS Awards Program?

You can only receive one award per course of study. If you have already won the award, then you will not be able to apply again until you undertake a different course of study. If you don’t win, you can certainly apply again next year provided that you are enrolled in at least one course or program.

 7. Can I apply for the award to pay for an exam fee?

No. The AAPS Awards Program does not cover exam fees.

 8. Do children need to be dependents to qualify?



If you have any additional questions, please contact aaps.engagement@ubc.ca.




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