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Pelican Soaring: Senator Rosemary Moodie

Pelican Soaring: Senator Rosemary Moodie

UWI graduate Senator Rosemary Moodie MBBS'82 was one of the Honourees at the 2020 Ryerson University Viola Desmond Awards. She is a pediatrician and neonatologist, who was appointed to the Senate of Canada in December 2018.

Famous for challenging racial injustice, Viola Desmond is remembered at an annual awards ceremony that celebrates outstanding contributions made to Canada by women of African descent, Ryerson University’s Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion hosted the 12th annual Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony on March 2, 2020.

The Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the work and achievements of accomplished Black women from Ryerson University and the greater Toronto community. Named after Ms. Viola Desmond, an African Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial discrimination in 1946, the event is in acknowledgement of the catalyzing efforts she made toward achieving human rights and desegragting public spaces for Black people in Canada.


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