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Pelican Dr. Rosemary G. Moodie soars with her son

Pelican Dr. Rosemary G. Moodie soars with her son

Dr. Rosemary G. Moodie

UWI graduate, Dr Rosemary G Moodie, who spent 25 years as a neonatologist and clinical teacher at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, has received the African Canadian Achievement Awards (ACAA) Excellence in Science award. For the first time in its 31-year history, the ACCA Awards of Excellence also presented an individual award to another member of the same family, in the same year, her son Dr. Jonathan P. Wong.

Her son, Jon, is currently specialising in the highly sought-after Paediatric Medicine Residency Programme at the same hospital, was bestowed with the ACAA Youth Achievement Award. The ACAA, established in June 1985, and which has evolved into one of the Black community’s most prestigious and distinguished honours, has celebrated and paid tribute to over 350 high-achieving African Canadians.

Dr. Moodie is a former corporate chief of paediatrics and medical director of the Rouge Valley Health System’s regional maternal child programme and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, Her medical recognitions include: the College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario Council Award for demonstrating excellence and coming closest to meeting society’s vision of an “ideal physician”; Medical Association Presidential Award for exceptional humanitarian service to Ontario communities; and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialist Award for providing outstanding care to her patients and community. She is also known for her volunteerism, philanthropy, and advocacy. She is past president of YWCA, Toronto and a member of the Advisory Board of Food for the Poor Canada and Board Director of PACE (Canada).

Dr Moodie’s husband, Dr. Peter Wong, is also a distinguished UWI alumnus and is equally proud of his son’s accomplishments. Jon’s received a degree in molecular biology, at the University of Connecticut (2010) and completed postgraduate medical school at the University of Limerick in Ireland (2015). Interestingly Jon is a competitive swimmer, a Ontario Provincial Gold Medalist and a Jamaica Senior National Team and National Record Holder. He has represented Jamaica internationally at the Central American Games, Cartagena, Colombia (2006), Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007), FINA World Championships Manchester, UK (2008) and Rome, Italy (2009).

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