Barnabas Award

Selected from InScribe Member applicants by the Barnabas Award Committee to encourage and help the writer.
(Dr. Gerald Hankins) $250.00 Award

2020 – Lynn J Simpson 2018 – Michelle Jordanov
2016 – Eleanor Bertin
2015 – Nina Faye Morey
2014 – Melanie Fischer
2013 – Brenda Leyland
2012 – Brenda J. Wood
2010 – Barbara Quaale
2008 – Elaine Ingalls Hogg

Dr. Gerald Hankins – Founder of the InScribe Barnabas Award  Abridged

Dr. Hankins has brought distinction to his community, province and country through his work as a missionary doctor and writer, and through his commitment to serving others.

Born in Calgary, AB Oct 16, 1923, his parents divorced when he was four. His mother, Gladys struggled to raise her two sons through the poverty of the Depression.

After graduating High School in Calgary, Gerald joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a radio navigator in Britain, India and Burma. In 1943 his plane suffered engine failure and crashed, leaving Gerald with a severe back injury. During 10 months of convalescence in Scotland, Gerald developed an interest in the medical profession. He also experienced a growing sense of faith that would greatly influence his life.

Upon his return home, Gerald began studies at the University of Alberta. He married Alison in 1948, earned a B.Sc. in 1949, and a medical degree in 1951. The family settled in Calgary where Gerald established a general surgery practice, and over the years raised five children.

In 1966 Gerald took part in a two-week mission trip to Mexico, but he felt it important to wait until the children were grown before undertaking a more extensive assignment.

Eventually, Gerald went to Nepal. Gerald, Alison, and their youngest daughter, Jennifer, lived in Nepal from 1974 to 1986 where Gerald performed surgery and taught junior Nepali doctors. There he realized there were few, if any, textbooks of practical surgery that would help doctors working in Third World countries. Working with an editor living in Kenya, he and 10 other surgeons contributed to a textbook called Primary Surgery. The project took five years to complete. The two-volume textbook continues to be an invaluable resource, still seen and in frequent use in Third World hospitals.

Dr. Hankins retired in 1990, and set his sights on a new career. In 1992 he published the autobiography of Dr. Helen Huston, followed by autobiographies of three other distinguished Albertans: Dr. Arthur Jenkyns, Dr. Otto Schaefer, and Dr. Gary McPherson. A fifth work, on Calgary’s Mustard Seed Street Ministry, followed in 2004, along with numerous articles, poems and stories.

In 2005 Dr. Gerald Hankins was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Dr. Hankins was the President of Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship in the early days of the organization. Members of the time remember him as a gracious man. He established the Barnabas Award to help and encourage Christian writers.