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UNBC to confer honorary doctorate on Dr. Bonnie Henry

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Province of B.C. photo

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO) who has led the province’s response on the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdose emergency is slated to a receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree during the 2021 virtual convocation at the University of Northern British Columbia on June 25.

Dr. Henry was appointed as B.C.’s PHO in 2018 following three years as the Deputy Provincial Health Officer. As B.C.’s most senior public health official, Dr. Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease prevention and control and health protection.

“I am honoured to be recognized by the University of Northern British Columbia in this way,” she said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the importance of putting aside whatever differences we may have and working together with common purpose to explore, discover and innovate. This is what UNBC is all about and why I am so proud be receiving this Honorary Doctorate.”

Dr. Henry’s experience in public health, preventive medicine and global pandemics has extended throughout her career. She served in a number of senior roles at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Toronto Public Health, including as the operational lead in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto.

She has worked internationally with the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan and with the WHO to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda and has been actively involved in mass gathering health planning in Canada and internationally.

She is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine and is board certified in preventive medicine in the U.S. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School, completed a master’s in Public Health and residency training in preventive medicine at University of California, San Diego and in community medicine at University of Toronto. She is an associate professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Henry will receive her Honorary Doctorate at the College of Science and Management ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on June 25.

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