Jamaican wins Constance Hamilton Award in Canada
Jamaica-born health care practitioner Dr Rosemary Moodie is the recipient of Canada's 2014 Constance Hamilton Award. The award was established in 1979 by the Toronto City Council in honour of its first female member, who was elected in 1920.
The award commemorates the 1929 Privy Council decision which requires the federal government to recognise women as 'persons' according to the terms of the 1867 Constitution Act and recognise Persons Day - October 18 - which is the date that the judgement was handed down.
As president and board chair of the Young Women's Christian Association Toronto since 2011, Moodie has expanded the organisation's affordable and supportive housing options for young women living with mental health and addiction issues, as well as low-income single women and those fleeing domestic violence.
A graduate of St Hugh's High School in Kingston and the University of the West Indies, Moodie went to Canada nearly three decades ago to complete her paediatrics training at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC). She successfully pursued an executive masters in business administration at the University of Toronto's Rotman School, and is currently completing her master's degree in public policy and administration at Queen's University.
Moodie, who has provided medical care for critically ill newborns and children while working to improve medical service delivery needs in the field of obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics, sits on the Food For The Poor advisory board and is a director of the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education.
The HSC paediatrician and neonatologist was honoured with a Harry Jerome Award last April.
'Rosie', as she is often called, is the daughter of former Jamaica Conference Centre General Manager Gloria Moodie and sister of Attorney Margaret Moodie Jervis and management specialist Andrea Chin See.