SHERBROOKE, QC, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - At a dignified tribute ceremony
held in Sherbrooke today, the Canadian Organ Donors Association (CODA), with
the collaboration of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, awarded posthumous
titles of Ambassador of Health and titles of Great Samaritan to organ donors
from Quebec and Canada, in the presence of their families.
Close to 1,000 people took part in this event--the only one of its kind
in both the country and North America--which was held under the patronage of
His Honour, the Honourable Pierre Duchesne, Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec and
in the presence of Mr. Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec. The Honourable Pierre
Duchesne and Mr. Jean Charest were accompanied by Mr. Normand Proulx, Director
General of the Sûreté du Québec and Mr. Jean-Pierre Gariépy, Director of the
Service de protection des citoyens de la Ville de Laval.
Today, in the presence of invited guests from the public and private
sectors, 179 donors from Quebec, represented by a designated member of their
family, received the posthumous title of Ambassador of Health. As part of the
ceremony also, their names were unveiled on the Donors' Cenotaph.
"This event is the affirmation of a society that recognizes and wishes to
publicly acknowledge those who have contributed to passing on the most
precious legacy of all, that of HEALTH. It is my sincere hope that this
tribute will help ease their families' pain and that this exceptional
commitment toward our community will continue to grow," said Richard Tremblay,
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