News at Medicine - July 2015 - Faculty of Medicine assistant dean appointed to the Order of Canada


Faculty of Medicine assistant dean appointed to the Order of Canada
July 11, 2015
Dr. Mohamed Ravalia, assistant dean of the Faculty of Medicine’s Rural Medical Education Network (RMEN) has been appointed to the Order of Canada. The appointment recognizes Dr. Ravalia for his contributions to rural medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador as a family physician, mentor and community leader.
 
“Dr. Ravalia’s contributions to Memorial University and the Faculty of Medicine shine a spotlight on the importance of rural medical education,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president, Memorial University. “We are proud of his many achievements and pleased to see him recognized for his hard work.”

The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
 
“Dr. Ravalia has been instrumental in growing the rural medicine network in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Dr. James Rourke, dean, Faculty of Medicine. “The Faculty of Medicine has always viewed rural medicine as both a unique need, as well as an opportunity for pioneering work, and Dr. Ravalia has been at the forefront of this initiative.”
 
Originally from Zimbabwe, Dr. Ravalia came to Twillingate, N.L., more than 30 years ago and has been actively engaged in the community ever since. His contributions to rural medicine across the province have earned him numerous accolades, with the Order of Canada being the most recent.
 
“When I received the news of the award from the Governor General’s office, I was absolutely overwhelmed. I could not help but think about my parents and my siblings and how proud they would feel.” said Dr. Ravalia. “I felt a profound sense of gratitude for being Canadian. As an immigrant to this wonderful country, I was able to reflect on the sense of fairness and equality that Canada affords all its citizens.”
 
He credits others for helping him advance rural medical education. “My wife Dianne and my sons Adam and Mikhail have been the anchors of my life. I have had wonderful mentors and colleagues who have helped shape my work in rural medicine over the past 30 years. My community has provided a solid, secure foundation from which I have had the opportunity to practice my craft in a harmonious and supportive environment.
 
Dr. Ravalia says his involvement with Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine and the privilege to teach students and residents has been one of the highlights of his medical career. “I would, in particular, like to acknowledge the unwavering support for the advancement of Rural Medicine that I have received from Dr. Ian Bowmer and Dean James Rourke.”
 
Over the last 45 years, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order, including over 150 from Newfoundland and Labrador. Past recipients from the Faculty of Medicine include Dr. Maxwell House, Dr. Ian Rusted, Dr. Linda Inkpen and Dr. William Anthony Paddon, among others.
 
Dr. Ravalia plans to attend the investiture ceremony that will be held at a later date in the coming months.