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Heather Crowe Awards


Mr. Ted McMeekin (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot): Today, I rise to announce and celebrate five recipients of the newly established Heather Crowe Award.


First, Pat Vaeriano, former controller in the city of Hamilton: In 1978, he launched a valiant and successful campaign to put a bylaw in place to protect the public against the effects of second-hand smoke. He was not only ahead of his time, but a mentor to all who were to follow him.


Next, Marvin Caplan, former chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth region's community services and public health committee. Marvin was a tireless advocate for broad public health issues. He fought to put the issue to a vote in Hamilton and, in so doing, clearly established that 87% of Hamiltonians wanted a smoke-free bylaw in place.


Third, Dr. Barbara Gowitzke, lifelong advocate for healthy lifestyles and a smoke-free Ontario. A mentor and dear friend, Dr. Barb was and continues to be a true pioneer.


Finally, Cathy and David Pengelly: What a team. As executive director of the Hamilton-Wentworth Lung Association, Cathy Pengelly worked to build an effective coalition of health professionals to fight the fight for clean air. Her partner, Dr. David Pengelly, is a renowned air quality researcher who has championed important air quality causes.


Often scorned for their early efforts, today these five individuals are considered patron saints of the struggle to ensure better public health for us all.


Heather Crowe Awards