Nova Scotia creates award in chief medical officer's name — and he's first recipient

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia has created a new award for health-care professionals named after the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang.

Premier Tim Houston announced today that the first Dr. Robert Strang Mayflower Award, recognizing "outstanding strength, perseverance and courage" in providing front-line health care, has been awarded to its namesake.

Strang, who was named Nova Scotia’s first chief medical officer in 2007, became a well-known figure through the pandemic.

He has led regular COVID-19 briefings alongside three different premiers since March 2020.

Beginning next year, the award in Strang’s name will recognize up to five front-line health-care workers.

Strang said in a statement today he is humbled and accepts the award on behalf of the many skilled professionals “who worked just as hard, faced just as many challenges, and showed up each day to protect the health of all Nova Scotians.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2022.

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