Cathy Crowe and Anita Molzahn recognized

September / October 2017   Comments

Cathy Crowe and Anita Molzahn have been appointed to the Order of Canada as members. These appointments were among the 99 Governor General David Johnston announced on June 30, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Cathy Crowe

Crowe was honoured for her contributions as a street nurse, educator, author and filmmaker, notably for advocating on behalf of people who are homeless. The long-time social justice advocate co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, which declared homelessness a national disaster. In 2013, she was appointed distinguished visiting practitioner in the department of politics and administration at Toronto’s Ryerson University.

Crowe obtained a diploma in nursing from Toronto General Hospital in 1972 and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in education. She is the recipient of five honorary doctorates.

“I am deeply moved at this recognition,” she says, “as it highlights the issues dear to my heart — including the right to housing.” 

Anita Molzahn

Molzahn was recognized for her influential research on quality of life in aging populations and for her administrative leadership in the field of nursing. Her clinical practice interests focus on nephrology and organ donation. Molzahn sits on the board of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and is the Canadian principal investigator in an international research group that works with the WHO on the development and testing of instruments to measure quality of life.

For the past nine years, Molzahn served as dean in the University of Alberta’s faculty of nursing in Edmonton; she is currently a professor in the faculty. She completed a master’s degree in nursing and a PhD in sociology at that university.

“I am very honoured to be recognized in this way but am particularly pleased that through this award, nursing education and research are acknowledged as important threads in the fabric of Canadian society,” she says.

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