Statement from the Honourable David C. Onley Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on the death of Dr. Sheela Basrur

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - I was immensely saddened to learn of the death of
Dr Sheela Basrur, whom I had the privilege of investing into the Order of
Ontario in a private ceremony on April 10, 2008.
    Although she had a distinguished career in public health, before and
after her appointment as Medical Officer of Toronto, most of us became
familiar with Dr Basrur during the 2003 SARS crisis in the City of Toronto.
She was the person to whom we all turned for reassurance, and she comforted us
by providing clear, accessible information. Her warmth and humanity, coupled
with a consummate professionalism, gave us a beacon of hope in a desperate
    Dr Basrur's premature death, from a rare form of cancer, has deprived
Ontario of a rare medical talent, and all who knew her of a warm, vibrant
friend. I send my deepest sympathy to Dr Basrur's daughter, Simone Koves, and
to her parents, Basnath and Parvathi Basrur.

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For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, (416) 909-7552

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