For Immediate Release – Halifax:Dr. Noni MacDonald, Professor of Paediatrics at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre will be presented with the National Child Day Award by the Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) at their Gala on November 13, 2017 in Ottawa.
Dr. MacDonald has long been recognized in Canada and internationally, as an advocate for children and youth health and as a leader in paediatric infectious disease and global health.
“CICH is a remarkable organization that works hard to improve the health of Canada's children and youth,” says MacDonald. “They have recognized many outstanding community child and youth advocates over the years and for them to see my work as reaching beyond the health care system is a deeply touching honour.”
Dr. MacDonald was the first woman to be appointed a Dean of Medicine in Canada and also the first paediatrician to receive the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada sub-specialty certification in infectious disease.
She was recently appointed to SAGE (the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts) on immunization that provides advice to World Health Organization (WHO) on all aspects of vaccinology. She is also a founder and co-director of the Centre for MicroResearch International, (www.microresearch-international.ca) an initiative that helps interdisciplinary health professionals find local solutions for local maternal child health problems.
“Noni has been and continues to be a wonderfully effective advocate for children and youth both nationally and globally,” says Dr. Andrew Lynk, Chief of Pediatrics at the IWK. “She has an incredible work ethic, passion and sense of social justice. She is a consummate educator, innovator, researcher, clinician and leader. Her impact has been remarkable.”
Dr. MacDonald has published over 380 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and commentaries and was also the Editor in Chief of the Journal Paediatrics and Child Health for 20 years, helping it to become one of the most read Canadian specialty journals. She was recently appointed Editor for Child Health for the new Oxford University Press publication Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health .
“We are delighted to recognize Noni for improving the health of children and youth in Canada and abroad,” says CICH Board Chair Lynn McIntyre. “Over her career she has been a teacher, a leader and a mentor while maintaining an active role as a clinician and researcher.”
CICH (www.cich.ca) is a national, charitable organization founded in 1977 and has a successful history of developing and implementing initiatives to increase public understanding and awareness of child health issues. In 1993, National Child Day was proclaimed by the Government of Canada to commemorate the United Nations’ adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989. The Convention spells out the basic human rights to which children and youth everywhere are entitled.
Dr. MacDonald will accept the award as CICH celebrates its 40th anniversary at the CICH Crayons & Cravats Fundraising Gala November 13 at the St. Elias Centre in Ottawa.