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  January 24th, 2013


Senator Pierre Claude Nolin Honours Drug Policy Leaders with Diamond Jubilee Award

At an event to be held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre Campus this evening, Senator Pierre Claude Nolin will award sixteen individuals from British Columbia’s drug policy reform community with the Queen’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Among the recipients are the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition’s Executive Director, Donald MacPherson, and steering committee members Philippe Lucas and Gillian Maxwell.

“All of these recipients have worked to improve public health in their community. They have dedicated many years of their lives to participate in the implementation, evaluation and construction of programs to help those struggling with addictions or health issues to connect with the services and medication they need,” said Senator Nolin. “They have worked with municipal, provincial and federal governments to advance critical public health programs, and such work is indispensable to our nation as a whole.”

In lieu of the Senator’s absence due to medical appointments, the event will be presided over by Philip Owen, former Mayor of Vancouver, and Senator Yonah Martin, who will present the medals.

The event will also feature a special tribute to Irene Goldstone, former Director, Professional Education and Care Evaluation at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Full list of recipients:

Donald MacPherson, Bud Osborn, Liz Evans, Dean Wilson, Maxine Davis, Gillian Maxwell, Ann Livingston, Philippe Lucas, Rielle Capler, Kirk Tousaw, John Conroy, David Bratzer, Dr. Evan Wood, Thomas Kerr, Hilary Black, Mark Haden.

Beginning at 7PM, the event will take place in the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Conference Rooms 1400-1410, Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre.

The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition is a partner project with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA), a research centre based at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus. 



For interview requests or more information, contact:

Douglas Haddow

Communications Coordinator
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition


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