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June 17, 2010 10:01 ET

R. Solomon Receives National Award of Excellence in Public Policy

Kaiser Foundation Honours Professor Solomon for Work to End Impaired Driving

Attention: News Editor OAKVILLE/ONTARIO/MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) - Professor Robert Solomon, a leading advocate for the anti-impaired driving movement, is the 2010 recipient of The Kaiser Foundation National Award of Excellence for Public Policy.

As MADD Canada's Director of Legal Policy and as a Professor in The Faculty of Law at The University of Western Ontario, Professor Solomon has championed the need for meaningful legislative changes to reduce impaired driving crashes, deaths and injuries.

The Kaiser Foundation's National Award of Excellence in Public Policy recognizes an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to reducing the impact and negative effects of alcohol and other drug use through the advancement of effective public policy. It is one of seven National Awards of Excellence in different fields. Professor Solomon and two other recipients were presented with their awards by Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care, The Honourable Deb Matthews, on Wednesday June 9th.

"I am thrilled to receive this prestigious award," Professor Solomon said, "particularly because it recognizes work that makes a real world difference. In this regard, I am very proud of my relationship with MADD Canada and its record of achievements in the impaired driving field. The work we are doing has and will make our communities safer."

Professor Solomon has authored numerous papers and articles. He has also made policy briefings to the federal government, parliamentary committees and provincial legislators. Additionally, he has served as an active spokesperson on matters related to impaired driving legislation.

His extensive work on MADD Canada's behalf includes: The Rating the Provinces and Territories Project; Youth and Impaired Driving in Canada - Opportunities for Progress; and Alcohol, Trauma and Impaired Driving, 4th edition. Most recently, Professor Solomon has been working to promote the introduction of federal random breath testing legislation.

MADD Canada National President Margaret Miller congratulated Professor Solomon on this award, and thanked him for his unwavering commitment to impaired driving victims and the members and volunteers of MADD Canada.

"This award reflects the significant contributions Professor Solomon has made to ending impaired driving in Canada," Mrs. Miller said. "He became involved with MADD Canada's predecessor organizations in the early 1980s, and has worked tirelessly for almost 30 years advancing legislative changes that will minimize impaired driving."

The Kaiser Foundation is a national organization which promotes the understanding and importance of dealing with issues related to mental health and addictions as health issues. Its National Awards of Excellence Program recognizes the excellent work being done by thousands of Canadians organizations, communities and individuals who are engaged in the field of mental health and addictions.
The award comes with a $10,000 prize to be donated to the charity of the recipient's choice. Professor Solomon is donating his prize to MADD Canada and to My Sister's Place, a transitional support centre for vulnerable women in London, Ontario.

In selecting MADD Canada as a recipient, Professor Solomon noted that "I never cease to be amazed by the dedication and passion of MADD Canada's volunteers, staff and board members."

Professor Solomon and his wife, Dr. Barbara Lent, are generously making personal donations to both charities to match the Kaiser Foundation donations.
/For further information: Robert Solomon, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario and MADD Canada Director of Legal Policy, 519-661-3603
Margaret Miller., MADD Canada National President, 902-758-5328.

Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, National President, MADD Canada
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328