Media Advisory - Public tribute for Dr. Sheela Basrur Friday October 17, 2008 at U of T Convocation Hall

    TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Ontarians are invited to recognize the late Dr.
Sheela Basrur's contributions and to honour her life at this public
    Following Dr. Basrur's untimely death, a commitment was made to hold a
public event so that her friends, public health colleagues, nurses, physicians
and members of the public could gather to mark her contributions.
    Everyone, including media, is invited to join Premier Dalton McGuinty,
Mayor David Miller, and a representative of the Government of Canada to
remember Sheela and to reflect on how her commitment to public health has left
a lasting legacy.

    WHAT:     Public celebration honouring Dr. Sheela Basrur

    WHERE:    Convocation Hall
              University of Toronto, Main campus
              31 King's College Circle, Toronto

    WHEN:     October 17, 2008, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Interviews with the following can be coordinated prior to the event:

    -   Vivek Goel, founding President and Chief Executive Officer for the
        Agency for Health Protection and Promotion
    -   Doris Grinspun, Executive Director of the Registered Nurses'
        Association of Ontario

    About Dr. Sheela Basrur

    Dr. Sheela Basrur was an outstanding leader in the field of public
health. Most people remember Dr. Basrur's leadership and expertise during the
SARS crisis which earned her the respect of her public health colleagues in
Ontario as well as across North America and around the world.
    She was appointed the province's Chief Medical Officer of Health on
February 16, 2004. Her key accomplishments in this role include the
introduction of groundbreaking Smoke- Free Ontario legislation passed in 2006,
the creation of Ontario's first ever arms-length public health agency - the
Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, and a 2005 report to the
Legislature that addressed the challenges required to rebuild the Ontario
public health system.

    The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion operates out of
the Sheela Basrur Centre. The Centre will continue Dr. Basrur's legacy with an
outreach program designed to invigorate the renewal of public health in
Ontario and to connect these activities with those of the broader health

For further information:

For further information: or to set up an interview please contact:
Alanna Banks, Media Profile, (416) 342-1801,

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