The Clarkson Laureateships in Public Service, the highest honour the College awards annually to members of its community, this year goes to two outstanding individuals:
Ms. Gurveer Bains, a fourth-year Non-Resident Junior Fellow, “is an effective emerging leader who is invariably kind and considerate in her interactions. She has a passion for community engagement and volunteerism with vulnerable and marginalized populations. Gurveer has been an organizer, a facilitator, an educator and an advocate for a broad range of areas including food insecurity, health literacy, migration, equity, gender relations and Sikh diaspora.
Dr. Philip Berger, Senior Fellow, “has a long record of advocacy and activism for health care for all people, regardless of their circumstances, and sometimes against powerful resistance. His fingerprints are all over many programs and services that exist today across Canada. Refugees, addicts, the homeless, the poor, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with HIV/AIDS, and victims of torture have all found an advocate in Dr. Berger. His influence on the health system continues through the legions of medical students and young doctors he has mentored over the years. ”
The awarding of The Clarkson Laureateships was approved by the Governing Board in 2003 and the first awards were given out in 2004, during the final year when Madam Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the College, was the 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005). The award honours her many years of service to Canada by recognizing those members of its community who also contribute to the common good. The call for nominations goes out in each issue of MasseyNews and is also distributed by email. The names of nominated community members are always kept on a long list for three years.