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The University of Sudbury to confer an honourary doctorate upon Dr. Vollant

During its annual Awards Ceremony to be held in the Canisius Hall at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, March 28, 2019, the University of Sudbury will have the pleasure of awarding an Honourary Doctorate in Sacred Letters to Dr. Stanley Vollant, an individual passionate about the well-being and helping to develop the full potential of Indigenous populations.

Dr. Stanley Vollant, an Innu from Pessamit, benefited from traditional teachings in his youth and obtained his medical degree from the Université de Montréal in 1989. He completed his residency in general surgery in 1994, to become Quebec’s first Indigenous surgeon.

Dr Stanley Vollant sm2  In 1994, he began his career at the Baie Comeau regional hospital, as a general surgeon. He then joined the Chicoutimi CSSS in the general surgery department, later making his way to Ottawa, where he practised general surgery at Montfort Hospital and became an adjunct professor of surgery and director of the University of Ottawa’s Aboriginal Medical Education Program. He then became Coordinator of the Aboriginal medical education program at the Université de Montréal in 2010, while practising medicine in his native village of Pessamit. Dr Vollant is currently a general surgeon at Hôpital Notre-Dame in Montreal.

Dr. Vollant is a highly engaged member of society. Amongst other contributions, he has been President of the Quebec Medical Association, where he represented the province’s 9,000 physicians; and has been a member of the Canadian Medical Association; Health Council of Canada; Health Canada’s Science Advisory Board; Canada’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Rural Health; Quebec’s Comité d’éthique des sciences et technologies and several other health-related working groups.

In 2017, he completed a 6,000-kilometre journey that he began in 2010. He walked the path of his ancestors, the Innu Meshkenu, to connect with First Nations and neighbouring communities to inspire youth and help them understand the importance of education and a healthy lifestyle, for complete well-being. He also had the opportunity to gather traditional knowledge to help preserve and pass on this heritage.

Dr. Vollant, founder of the Puamun Meshkenu foundation, has a strong presence in the media and the public sphere, and is a highly sought-after public speaker. He will in fact be offering a presentation at the University of Sudbury on Thursday, March 28 at 2:30 PM, before receiving his Honourary Doctorate that very evening.

He has received numerous recognitions and distinctions, including the Exceptional Merit (gold) Medal from the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec in 2017; the First Nations and Inuit Suicide Prevention Association of Québec and Labrador Award in 2010 and 2013; the Prestige Award from the Québec Medical Association in 2013; the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012; the Médecin de cœur et d’action Award from the Association des médecins de langue francophone du Canada in 2005; the Indspire National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2004, and many more. It is with great pride that the University of Sudbury will in turn recognize Dr. Vollant’s involvement and countless contributions towards the education and well-being of youth and towards the preservation of heritage, which all falls in line with the values, mission and the vision of the University.

At the University of Sudbury, we prepare students to become engaged citizens, and as part of this ceremony, many students and employees will also be recognized for their leadership. A reception in the Ludger & Amanda Michel University Commons, located on the first floor of the University, will follow the event.
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