Canadian Healthcare Association

Canadian Healthcare Association

June 10, 2013 14:17 ET

Canadian Healthcare Association Honorary Life Membership Conferred Upon the Honourable Monique Begin

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 10, 2013) - Alice Downing, Chair of the Canadian Healthcare Association, yesterday conferred Honourary Life Membership upon the Honourable Monique Bégin for a lifetime of exceptional service to Canada's health system. The honourary life membership was bestowed during the Association's 70th Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The Honourable Monique Bégin is a sociologist by training and a national expert on health systems in general, and on the Canadian one in particular. She was the Executive Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada before becoming the first woman from Québec elected to the House of Commons. Re-elected three times, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of External Affairs by Prime Minister Trudeau. Sworn in as Minister of National Revenue, she then became Minister of National Health and Welfare. Besides creating the Child Tax Credit (now the National Child Tax Benefit), she remains best known for the Canada Health Act.

Mme Bégin left politics in 1984. A university professor since, she was Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame, IN, and at McGill University before being appointed the first holder of the Joint Chair in Women's Studies at Ottawa and Carleton Universities. Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ottawa University, she also co-Chaired the Royal Commission on Learning of Ontario and was a member of the International Independent Commission on Population and Quality of Life. A Visiting Professor with the Health Administration Program at the Telfer School of Management, she was appointed in 2005 to the World Health Organization International Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

Mme Bégin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received 18 honorary doctorates in recognition of her contribution to human rights and to public policies. In 1998, she was invested as Officer of the Order of Canada.

"CHA has a long-standing history with Mme Bégin. In her capacity as Federal Health Minister, Mme Bégin officially opened our 17 York Street home in the Byward Market in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 12, 1983, where the Association still resides 30 years later," noted Alice Downing. "Among her many accomplishments, her leadership in seeing the Canada Health Act established and as a champion for the determinants of health make Mme Bégin a worthy recipient of our organization's honourary life membership."

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