Dr. Carin Wittnich, OERS’s Lead Veterinarian and Senior Scientist was invested with the Order of Ontario for her work in promoting awareness and education of heart disease in women and children by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, her Honour Hiliary Westin, at a ceremony at the Ontario legislature on December 4th, 2001.

Details on this award and her efforts can be found here. This was followed by a black tie dinner at the Royal York Hotel, at which she had the distinct honor to be asked to be the valedictorian. Her speech emphasized how we can all make a difference and Dr. Wittnich also took the opportunity to introduce OERS and make a plea for the marine environment. The audience was extremely appreciative.