For Immediate Release - April 16, 2012 - (Toronto) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada presented Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor of the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The presentation occured during the Governor General’s visit to CAMH with his wife her Excellency Sharon Johnston on Friday April 13, 2012.
Their Excellencies toured the CAMH Brain Imaging Centre and laboratories, met with researchers and students to learn about the most up-to-date, advanced research on mental illness and addiction, and were briefed on CAMH’s bold Queen Street Redevelopment Project.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada (right) presented Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor of the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn shared the proud moment.
Photo credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall
© 2012 Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada
The new Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.
“I was completely gobsmacked by this honour," said Dr. Goldbloom. "Our focus in touring Their Excellencies was the opportunity to showcase our terrific young researchers in brain imaging and genetics. All of us who tagged along were beaming with pride at the display of their intellectual capital and impressive technology. So the award came as a total surprise at the end of an enriching afternoon."
"I know from my conversation with the Governor-General and his wife that they were deeply impressed by CAMH’s research staff, resources, and accomplishments,” Dr. Goldbloom added.
“This is a well-deserved honour for David, and I wish to congratulate him on behalf of all of his colleagues at CAMH,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH President and CEO and leader of the Governor General’s tour. “This is a very proud day.”
Dr. Goldbloom is a gifted psychiatrist, communicator and tireless advocate on behalf of people with mental illness and addictions. His activities have long been recognized and awarded by his peers and students. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has provided talks and lectures to student, professional and public audiences.
Dr. Goldbloom was born in Montreal and raised in Quebec and Nova Scotia. He completed an honours degree, majoring in Government, at Harvard University and then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he obtained an M.A. in Physiological Sciences. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at McGill University and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
He maintains an active clinical and teaching role at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where he serves as Senior Medical Advisor. He was also recently appointed Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. In addition to his professional activities, Dr. Goldbloom is Chair of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.
For further information, please contact: Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH; (416) 595-6015
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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.