Ivan P. Phelan Award

The DSA's highest recognition, the award is named in honour of the late Ivan P. Phelan, a longtime executive at Avon Canada who was instrumental in establishing and guiding the Association for more than three decades. The award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the direct selling industry in Canada.

2019 Recipient

Gina Bresciani, Director of Canadian Operations, USANA Health Sciences.   Gina has been a pillar in the direct sales industry for over 10 years. Currently a Director of the DSA board and Past Chair on the DSEF board, she has also served in many roles including Chair of the Member Services Committee and Conference Chair. Gina is a proud recipient of both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal and the DSEF Circle of Distinction award. "Gina is one of the most giving and passionate people I know”, said Rhancha Trick, DSA Board Chair and Director of Business Development at Nature’s Sunshine Products of Canada. "She is always willing to volunteer her time and efforts to help the DSA/DSEF in whatever capacity is needed. It is an honour to work alongside her and I am proud to call her a friend of mine".

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Past Recipients

Name Year Company
Rhancha Trick 2018 Nature’s Sunshine Products of Canada
Helena Alexandre 2017 Arbonne International Canada
Nathalie Cormack 2016 Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd.
Janice Gerol 2015 The Pampered Chef
Joan Lee 2014 Direct Sellers Association
Dr. Derek Hassay 2013 Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Patricia King 2012 Nu Skin Canada Inc.
Angela Abdallah 2011 Amway Canada Corporation
Lynda Rose 2010 Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd.
Garry Ford 2009 Nature’s Sunshine Products of Canada Limited
Robin Bell 2008 Quixtar Canada Corporation
Ray Patrick 2007 Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd.
John Prevost 2006 mi3 Solutions
Judson Whiteside 2005 Miller Thompson
James Kalil 2004 Cutco/Vector Marketing Canada Ltd.
Melanie Hayden 2003 PartyLite Gifts Ltd.
W. Jack Millar 2002 Millar Wyslobicky Kreklewetz LLP
Murray Smith 2001 Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd.
Jim Hunking 2000 Amway of Canada Ltd.
Paul Hanson 1999 NuSkin Canada Inc.
Linda J. Herron 1998 Electrolux Corporation of Canada Inc.
Ross P. Creber 1997 Direct Sellers Association of Canada
Roberta M. Creber 1997 PartyLite Gifts
Margaret F. Csordas 1996 Beauty Counselors
Vic Prendergast 1995 Shaklee Canada Ltd.
Jacques Langevin 1994 Avon Canada Inc.
Robert H. Bradshaw 1993 Amway Canada Corporation
Stephen J. Locke 1992 Shaklee Canada Inc.
Gayle Gannon 1991 Creative Circle
Frank Wilson 1990 Amway Canada Corporation
Charles L. Snow 1989 Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd.
Ivan P. Phelan 1988 Avon Canada Inc.