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Physician, three St. Michael’s board members appointed to Order of Ontario

Toronto, January 25, 2012

By Leslie Shepherd

TORONTO, Ont., Jan. 25, 2012-- A physician and three members of the St. Michael’s Hospital and Foundation boards have been appointed to the Order of Ontario.

Dr. Anna Banerji, a pediatrician who specializes in tropical and infectious diseases, especially among vulnerable populations, will be invested by Lt.-Gov. David Onley at a ceremony at Queens Park on Thursday.

Also among the 28 people being invested are Noella Milne and Claude Lamoureux, members of the hospital’s board of directors, and John Tory, a member of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation board of directors.

Dr. Banerji was cited for helping to create the Immigrant Health and Infectious Disease Clinic at St. Michael’s and the Canadian Refugee Health Conference. She is an expert in the field of respiratory diseases in Inuit children.

Lamoureux, an international expert in corporate governance, has been a member of the hospital board since 2008. He was appointed the first president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and led it to a position as one of Canada’s most dominant investors.

Milne is a lawyer and volunteer who has devoted herself to children’s issues, through leadership with many organizations, particularly the Children’s Aid Foundation. She has developed projects for HIV health in Africa and transitional employment programs for new Canadians. She has been on the hospital board since 2010.

Tory, a Toronto lawyer, business leader, community activist, broadcaster and former MPP and leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, has been a member of the foundation board since 1991. He is a former chair of the foundation board and co-chaired two foundation fundraising campaigns.

Created in 1986, the Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour and recognizes the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field. Nominations are made by members of the public.