News at Medicine - January 2019 - Medal awarded for humanitarian work

Medal awarded for humanitarian work
January 28, 2019
Dr. Jeremy Pridham recently received a special award for his community work. At a special ceremony on Nov. 30, 2018, Dr. Pridham received a Senate 150th Medal. The presentation ceremony took place at Government House with the Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable George J. Furey.

The honour is given ‘to Canadians whose generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work make their communities a better place to live.’

Dr. Pridham, who is an associate professor and former chair of the Discipline of Anesthesia, says the nomination came mainly for his work in Haiti. “I've been involved in volunteerism for many years, serving with several organizations and boards including the NLTA, Lakecrest Independent School, a local choir, Nature Conservancy of Canada and also as a co-founder of Team Broken Earth following the earthquake in Haiti. My work in Haiti and other impoverished countries was the main reason for the nomination.”

“It is really a recognition of our entire team's effort and accomplishments in providing medical relief, tertiary medical care and teaching to countries around the world including Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bangladesh and Nepal,” Dr. Pridham adds. “The organization had grown to include teams from seven provinces with a budget of over $1 million dollars per year. This award provides national recognition of our organization by celebrating individual efforts.”  

He says the award reinforces that what they've accomplished is important and will provide them with renewed commitment to carry on with their humanitarian work.

Dr. Pridham credits the Faculty of Medicine for supporting Team Broken Earth, which has garnered international exposure for Memorial as the birthplace of Team Broken Earth. “I always tell people that Team Broken Earth is not here to change the world. We're here to change someone's world.” 

On June 7, 2017 the Royal Canadian Mint struck the first of the Senate’s new 150th anniversary medals, which commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s first sitting on November 6, 1867. It features the Senate’s emblem on one side and the Senate Chamber, along with the recipient’s name, on the other.