role model

Celebrating Simone


 
Today I am reposting “The Power of Teal” from August 2018 when Simone Biles reigned supreme at the US Gymnastics Championships. The teal leotard she wore then was to honour victims of sexual assault, which she, and members of the US Gymnastics team, had all been subjected to over so many years. The following year she then became the first woman to win four all-round World Gymnastic Championship titles.
 
Today after withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympic Games in order to focus on her mental health, a decision that USA Gymnastics supported with their statement, “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” adding, “Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”
 
Sadly, she is now being subjected to shameful and despicable commentary on her decision from people who in so doing have demonstrated the depths of their ignorance and hate.
 
My drawings and paintings are my way of demonstrating my support and admiration for someone who is a true role model and inspiration for us all.
 

She is today and always will be the greatest of all times.
 

The Power of Teal   –  August 23rd, 2018
 

 
Celebrating the athleticism and sublime grace, artistry, strength, and courage of Simone Biles who reigned supreme at the US Gymnastics Championships last weekend.
 

 

The teal leotard she wore was to honour the victims of sexual assault, being a survivor herself.
 

“The colour is for the survivors. I stand with all of them…”  Simone Biles
 

A true hero and inspiration for our times.

An honour for a dear friend

Today is National Aboriginal Day in Canada and I couldn’t be more proud and happy to be offering my congratulations to my dear friend and colleague Dr. Nadine Caron on her receiving the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Nadine is a true role model who always inspires in everything she does and I invite you to read about her in this announcement from Andrew Padmos the Chief Executive Officer of the College.

Message from the CEO

Meet the Ojibwa surgeon who won our Indigenous Health Award for 2016

Dear colleagues,

Today is National Aboriginal Day.

?This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.?  [Source: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada]

What better day to announce the second winner of our Indigenous health award?

The Royal College Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award is among our newest awards. It was established in 2014 in honour of Dr. Dignan, O.Ont.,BScN, and his tireless advocacy to eradicate disparities in the care of Canada?s Indigenous peoples, as well as their access to equitable medical services.

I first met Tom when I was a first-year medical student at McMaster. He lived next door to a good friend and classmate and I later developed a friendship with him, as well. I…

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