CAMH Senior Medical Advisor and staff psychiatrist David Goldbloom was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston on July 1, 2014. The appointment recognizes “a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large.”
Dr. Goldbloom was acknowledged for his national leadership as a mental health clinician, educator and advocate, and for his involvement in a range of community endeavors, most recently as Chair of the Stratford Festival.
He received a phone call from the Governor General’s office in early June. The Governor General was on the line to deliver the good news. Looking back, that conversation is now a bit of a blur, Dr. Goldbloom says, but the tenor was warm. When the conversation wound down, the first person Dr. Goldbloom called was his wife and then their two sons.
“It’s a thrill and an honour to be recognized in this way,” says Dr. Goldbloom whose parents were also dedicated to public service. “I had some great role models growing up.”
“On behalf of CAMH, I am thrilled to extend warmest congratulations to Dr. Goldbloom on receiving the highest honour our country can bestow on its citizens,” said CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn.
“This appointment to the Order of Canada reflects David’s many contributions to Canadian society, including a career dedicated to advancing the cause of mental health.”
The Order of Canada was established in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
David will accept his insignia at an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall to be held at a later date.
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