HAMILTON, ON, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, founder and executive director of Save the Mothers, will join a select group of deserving Canadians this Saturday, November 24, 2012 when she is awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The medal will be presented in honour of Dr. Chamberlain Froese's outstanding contribution to the cause of maternal health in the developing world.
Dr. Chamberlain Froese is an internationally recognized expert in women's reproductive health. She has volunteered in some of the world's poorest countries to make childbirth a safer experience. As executive director of Save the Mothers (STM), an organization dedicated to saving some of the 287,000 women who die in childbirth annually, she spends eight months of each year in Uganda. The remaining four months, she lives and works in Canada, advocating for safe motherhood, and teaching and working clinically at McMaster University in Hamilton. She is associate professor in obstetrics and gynaecology at McMaster, and co-directs the McMaster International Women's Health Program. Dr. Chamberlain Froese is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Waterloo (School of Public Health).
"We are enormously proud of Dr. Jean. It is her genuine concern, her unquenchable passion and deep commitment for women and children in the developing world that leads to such recognition," said STM Managing Director Dr. Daniel Scott.
"I'm grateful for any opportunity to draw attention to the injustice of women and children dying from preventable, pregnancy-related causes," said Dr. Chamberlain Froese. "And I will be honoured to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal."
The medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne is being awarded to 60,000 Canadians in 2012. Dr. Chamberlain Froese will receive her medal from David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale at 3 pm at the Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street, Ancaster, Ontario L9G 1L8.
SOURCE: Save the Mothers
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