Trent Press Release


Trent Alumnus Dr. James Orbinski named Health Hero

OCTOBER 30, 2002

Trent alumnus and honorary degree recipient Dr. James Orbinski was among 17 Health Heroes named by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) during an international celebration on October 29, 2002 at the ninth Canadian Conference on International Health.

Dr. Orbinski began his studies at Trent University in 1980 and went on to be a founder of Medecins sans Frontieres Canada. He was president of MSF International from 1998 to 2001 and delivered the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Speech on behalf of MSF. He has worked with MSF in various war zones and refugee centres around the world and received the Meritorious Service Cross, Canada’s highest civilian medal, for his work during the genocide in Rwanda in the mid-1990’s. Trent presented Dr. Orbinski with an honorary degree in 2001.

Seventeen Health Heroes were named at the event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa. The awards were given during an International Night Celebration honouring PAHO’s 100 years of improvements in public health. PAHO is the oldest international public health agency in the world.


For more information, please contact Marilyn Burns at (705) 748-1303.

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