Health and Community Services
November 7, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services:

Minister Haggie Acknowledges Work of Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Allison

I rise today to congratulate Dr. David Allison on receiving the Public Service Award of Excellence and also thank him for his contributions to Newfoundland and Labrador as he prepares for retirement next February.

The Public Service Award of Excellence is the highest honour that can be received by public service employees. The award recognizes individuals who display exceptional work performance and achievements in innovation, leadership, relationship building and excellence in service delivery.

As Newfoundland and Labrador’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Allison is a respected voice in the medical community. During the ceremony last week at Confederation Building, some of Dr. Allison’s work was highlighted including expansion of the provincial vaccination program to include the HPV vaccine for boys and the effects of opioid misuse.

Dr. Allison is also a member of the Emergency Response Unit with the Canadian Red Cross and has completed short deployments in Haiti and Sierra Leone. Dr. Allison participated in the development of a Nepal-based training program for general practitioners. Recent visits to Nepal have shown the continued strength of this program in preparing physicians to meet the rural health demands of a developing country.

Dr. Allison also chooses to dedicate his time as a mentor to medical students. He sees the value in nurturing strong relationships, providing insight and support as students prepare to enter their field of study.

Dr. Allison is a leader and a valued colleague. Upon his retirement in February, he will be missed in my department. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

I invite all members to join me today in acknowledging the work of Dr. David Allison.

Thank you.

2017 11 07                             2:00 p.m.