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An inspiring evening

Last Thursday night was the 2014 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston.  What a magnificent evening!

It was an inspiring, proud moment for our Faculty of Health Sciences, for Queen’s University, for Kingston and for Canada. Hosting this 20th anniversary ceremony was everything that we had hoped for and more.

We were joined by, what I am sure, is the largest gathering of the national healthcare community this city has ever seen – 575 guests!  It was such an honour to welcome medical heroes like Louis SiminovitchCalvin StillerWilbert KeonJohn Dirks and James Till to Kingston.

It was a privilege to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of this year’s laureates:

Dr. Max Cynader,
the late Dr. Walter MacKenzie
Dr. Thomas (“Jock”) Murray
Dr. Ronald Worton
Dr. Salim Yusuf
Dr. Adolfo deBold, (A Queen’s alumnus, who made his seminal discovery at Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston)

We were also delighted to recognize 2013 inductee Dr. David H. MacLennan, who was unable to attend last year’s ceremony in Halifax. It was a pleasure to congratulate him in person.

Last Thursday’s success was a two-year effort and monumental amount of work by many people.

I would like to thank Queen’s principal Daniel Woolf and the Honorable Hugh Segal for being our Honourary Co-Chairs for the 2014 Induction Ceremony

The first meeting of our Kingston induction committee, co-chaired by myself and Queen’s VP Advancement Tom Harris was on July 24, 2012. Around the table were Queen’s students, staff and faculty members. We were tremendously fortunate to also have some of Kingston’s most prominent citizens – their energy and their wisdom were essential to our success. Everyone on the committee worked tirelessly to make this evening one that Kingston could be proud of. Mission accomplished. On behalf of Dr. Harris and me – our deepest thanks to all of you.

The Queen’s spirit shines mostly brightly through our students. Our student entertainers – Danielle Nelson sang the national anthem beautifully, accompanied by Jimin Lee. The Queen’s Medicine Bollywood Dancers injected a colourful vibrant energy to the ceremony. Our student volunteers from all three schools were great ambassadors for our Faculty.  Thank you, you never fail to make us proud.

I would like to thank all of the Faculty of Health Sciences departments who purchased tables. It was great to see such a strong show of support. There were many residents at those tables along with our faculty— which underlines the proud close-knit community in our departments.

Finally, my thanks to Lissa Foster, executive director and the staff of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame who have been terrific partners and colleagues on this venture for nearly two years.

If you have any memories to share from the 2014 Induction Ceremony, please comment on this post.  Better yet, drop by my office at the Macklem House…my door is always open.

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